2019 Communications Contest
Submission Deadline07/23/2019

This year, NYSPRA is sponsoring its 40th annual communications awards to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievement in educational communications. The awards continue to be one of the largest in the nation and provide both members and non-members with a time to shine and an opportunity to showcase exemplary communication practices.

Statewide awards provide recognition for outstanding work. They build a greater appreciation for the skills of school public relations professionals and promote a better understanding of the broad range of services rendered by those who have either full or part-time responsibilities for education-related communications.


  • All entry forms must be completed online.
  • Each entry will require its own submission. You will have to log in again to complete each submission.
  • Please contact Monica Lester at monica.lester@nyspra.org if you are having trouble with the online entry process.
  • Some entries may be uploaded completely online and some will require hard copies to be mailed.
  • All entries must include a summary paragraph stating the purpose of the entry and the target audience. The summary paragraph WILL factor into scoring. Additional information is optional and will be used only to provide clarification for judges.
  • For entries that require hard copies, submit three copies of each. Three summary paragraphs are not necessary.
  • No single publication may be entered in more than three categories.
  • All entries shall become the property of NYSPRA and may be displayed and/or shown and filed in a NYSPRA library. 

Entry Categories

  • Annual Report
  • Budget/Bond Newsletter
  • Calendar
  • Community Newsletter
  • Electronic Newsletter
  • Excellence in Writing
  • Overall Graphics and Design
  • Photograph
  • Poster
  • Social Media
  • Special Purpose Publication
  • Strategic Campaign
  • Video
  • Website

Entry Deadline

  • All entries must be received by July 18, 2019, to be considered.
  • Entry forms must be completed online. Entries that require hard copy submissions must be delivered to: 

             Monica Lester
             Communications Specialist
             2019 NYSPRA Communications Awards
             South Glens Falls Central School District
             6 Bluebird Road
             South Glens Falls, NY 12803

Entry Fees

  • Entry fees are as follows:
    • Member entry: $30
    • Non-member entry: $40
  • Membership dues are as follows:
    • Individual dues: $40
    • Institutional dues: $90 (Membership for up to three individuals from a single institution.)
    • Purchase orders are accepted, or payment (in the form of a check) may accompany entries. Checks/purchase orders must be made payable to New York School Public Relations Association, c/o Patricia McCabe, Eastern Suffolk BOCES, 201 Sunrise Highway, Patchogue, NY 11772. Purchase order numbers, or an electronic copy, must be uploaded electronically. Check numbers/amounts should be noted on the online entry form and mailed to the Patchogue address.
    • One purchase order/check is acceptable for both contest entries and membership.
    • Business and personal checks will be ­accepted; official name of district or BOCES should be noted on check/check stub. 
    • To qualify for the member entry fee, membership dues must accompany entry. Membership is from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. Non-member entries must pay the non-member entry fee.
    • Entries submitted at the member entry rate must be submitted in the name of the ­member and district on the entry form.

BOCES/PR Agency Entries

  • All entries must be in the name of the school district or BOCES for which the work was produced.
  • School districts represented by BOCES, PR consultants or agencies must have a membership in their own name[s], or enter in the non-member category.


  • All work must have been produced between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.
  • T-shirts, buttons and visors are not eligible for this competition.
  • Student-written and/or produced publications are not eligible for this competition.
  • Non-compliant entries will not be ­considered for an award. Entry fees will not be refunded.
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