Awards & Contests

This database is a one-stop resource for award and contest opportunities for student work. Use the Search function below to sort by keyword or organization.

Association NameLocal/National ChapterDeadlineDescriptionLinkKeywordContact
American Advertising Federation NationalSee WebsiteAAF recognizes people through numerous awards such as: Advertising Hall of Fame, Advertising Hall of Achievement, Mosaic Awards and Distinguished Advertising., Marketing202 898 0089;
American Cinema EditorsNationalSee WebsiteACE Student Editing Competition.
American Copy Editors SocietyNationalSee WebsiteACES offers several awards including: Headline Contest, Robinson Prize and the Glamann Award.
American Design Drafing AssociationNationalSee WebsiteThe ADDA Annual Poster Contest is specifically designed for students who wish to challenge their ability in the development of a poster to promote Design Drafting Week. There are 5 awards. DesignDennis Schwartz 901-867-4625
American Society of Journalist and AuthorsNationalSee WebsiteASJA recognizes achievement in articles and books through various awards that are presented at the annual conference.
American Society of News Editors/News Leaders AssociationNationalFebruaryASNE/NLA offers awards in nine different categories that recognize the best in print, online, and mobile media.
Associated Collegiate PressNationalSee WebsiteACP offers various awards.
Association for Education in Mass JournalismNationalSee WebsiteAEJMC offers 13 different awards in various areas.
Association of Healthcare JournalistNationalSee WebsiteAHCJ offers awards of excellence in health care journalism. The winners receive $500, as well as, complimentary lodging a registration for the annual conference.
College Broadcasters, Inc.NationalSee WebsiteEvery year at the Fall Convention, CBI holds the National Student Production Awards. The awards recognize the best in student television and radio production.
College Media AssociationNationalSee WebsiteCMA offers several awards including: the Pinnacle Awards, the Best Collegiate Award, and the Dave L. Adams Apple Award.
Columbia Scholastic Press AssociationNationalSee WebsiteCSPA offers awards in highest recognition and overall excellence in print/online publications. These awards include: Crown Award, Gold Circle Award and Medalist Critique.; 212-854-9400
Education Writers AssociationNationalSee WebsiteEWA offers several awards under Awards for Education Reporting. All media is eligible for the award including print, online, radio, and TV.
Graphic Arts AssociationNationalSee WebsiteUnder Neographics, Contests include Best of Category Winners, Person of the Year, Craftsman of the Year and Unsung. Design215-396-2300
Hearst Journalism Awards ProgramNationalSee WebsiteThe Hearst Journalism Awards Program offers up to $500,000 in awards, including five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, one radio competition, two television competitions, and four multimedia or 415-908-4560
Institute For Public RelationsNationalSee WebsiteIPR offers a variety of research awards in public relations.
International Council of DesignSee WebsiteMany awards in design: Guy Schockaert Award, President's Award, Excellence Award, Achievement Award.
International Public Relations AssociationNationalSee WebsiteIPRA has the Golden World Awards that recognizes excellence, uniqueness, creativity, and various other qualities in the field of Public Relations.;
International Women's Media FoundationNationalSee WebsiteIWMF offers the Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award. Journalism
Investigative Reporters and EditorsNationalSee WebsiteIRE offers several awards including: IRE Awards, Phillip Meyers Awards, and the Golden Padlock.
Journal Digital Media ResourceNationalSee WebsiteJEA offers numerous awards throughout the year.;
Journalism Education AssociationNationalSee WebsiteJEA offers numerous awards throughout the year.
National Associaiton of Science WritersNationalSee WebsiteNASW offers the Science in Society Awards that recognizes writers in their ability to report their findings on the impact of science.
National Association of BroadcastersNationalSee WebsiteThe Radio Show Student Scholars Program
National Broadcasting Society-AERhoNationalSee WebsiteNBS offers awards & competition opportunities.
National Center For Buisness JournalismNationalSee WebsitePrograms help journalists cover money better, awards feature awards of $1000, $3000 and $5000. Calcote
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists AssociationNationalSee WebsiteNLGJA offers numerous awards in print, digital, broadcast, etc.
National Newspaper AssociationNationalSee WebsiteNNA offers several awards including the Amos and McKinney Award, Newspaper and Education contests, Better Newspaper contests, and Daniel M. Phillips Leadership Award. Lance: Director of Membership
National Press FoundationNationalSee WebsiteNPF offers several awards. Diaz: Program Director
National Press Photographers AssociationNationalSee WebsiteNPPA offers several contests in photojournalism. Ramsess: Executive Director
National Society of Newspaper ColumnistNationalSee WebsiteColumnist contests available.
Online News AssociationNationalSee WebsiteONA offers several awards that recognize excellence in digital journalism.
Public Relations Society of America NationalSee WebsitePRSSA recognizes its members through its four awards: Hall of Fame Award, National Gold Key Award, National President's Citation, Elaine Averick Award. It also regularly hosts the Bateman Case Study Competition for student-developed PR campaigns.
Radio Television Digital News AssociationNationalSee WebsiteRTDNA offers various awards online.
Robert F. Kennedy Book and Journalism AwardsNationalSee WebsiteThe annual competition highlights the best work across student and professional categories on issues that reflect Robert Kennedy’s concerns, including human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action. Last year’s winners include Jonathan M. Metzl’s book, “Dying of Whiteness,” which revealed how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences, even for the white populations they promise to help; Newsy’s investigation, “A Broken Trust,” examining how systematic failures by the federal government have left Native American women particularly vulnerable to sexual assault, with little recourse for justice; and Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos’ expose on how Black students at her high school were five times more likely to be suspended than their white peers. Cho
Sideny Hillman FoundationNationalSee WebsiteSHF offers several award opportunities: the Hillman prizes. Sidney Awards, Barrett Award & Stetin Award.
Society for Experimental Graphic DesignSee WebsiteMultiple award opportunities on their website.
Society for News DesignSee WebsiteThe Best of Digital Design: this annual competition rewards skill, innovation and high-quality digital journalism. Graphic
Society for News DesignSee WebsiteThe Best of Print News Design: this annual competition rewards skill, innovation and high-quality digital journalism.
Society of American Buisness Editors and WritersNationalSee WebsiteSABEW offers a Best in Business contest.
Society of Enviornmental JournalistsNationalSee WebsiteSEJ offers various awards that recognizes achievement in environmental journalism in seven categories; SEJ offers a list of other awards not offered by the society. Bruggers: Awards Director (502) 641-1844
Society of Publication DesignersNationalSee WebsiteSPD offers a Student Design Competition with a $2,500 prize, an intership at an NYC magazine, and invitation to the SPD awards gala.
South Asian Journalists AssociationSee WebsiteSAJA offers several awards in 10 categories at the Annual Awards Dinner.
Southern Public Relations FoundationNationalSee WebsiteVirginia Press Association honors its members with the news/editorial and advertising contests annually. 2020 Lantern Awards Chair Kelli West at
Split This RockNationalSee WebsiteSplit This Rock offers many contests through the year such as their annunal poetry contest.
The Assocaitation of Registered Graphic DesignersNationalSee WebsiteRGD have many contest going on throughout the year, many offer cash prizes.
The Association of American Editorial CartoonistsNationalSee WebsiteOffers contests for cartoonists.
The Association of Registered Graphic DesignersNationalSee WebsiteRGD will present $17,000 in cash awards in all areas of communication design to student work selected by our panel of industry experts.
The International Council of Graphic DesignNationalSee WebsiteGuy Sckeart award seems to have been discontinued. The other awrds seem to be for working professionals and not students.
The National Association For Amature RadioNationalSee WebsiteARRL offers various competitions and awards throughout the year.
The Professional Association for DesignNationalSee WebsiteAIGA contests include: Cased, Justified, etc. DesignAshleigh Axios:
The Society of IllustratorsNationalSee WebsiteThe Society of Illustrators offers many different awards and competitions. They offer all geners, media and level of expertise, from students to lifetime Society members.
University & College Designers AssociationNationalSee WebsiteUCDA hosts an annual design competition for print, electronic, green, and student work.
University Film & Video AssociationNationalSee WebsiteUFVA offers the Carole Fielding Student Grant & KODAK scholarship program. Hayward Simon Tarr
Virginia Press AssociationNationalSee WebsiteVirginia Press Association honors its members with the news/editorial and advertising contests annually.
Writer's Guild of America, EastNationalSee WebsiteWGA offers the Writers Guild Awards which recognizes individuals for excellence in various disciplines. Gordon: Director of Communication,