The New Mexico Press Association is proud to once again announce its Better Newspaper Contest.

NMPA members can enter their best editorial content and ads published between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Entries must be postmarked or uploaded by 4:59 p.m. MST, Friday, July 30, 2021.

Contest Divisions:

Daily Class I: 7,500 and above circulation

Daily Class II: 7,499 and below circulation

Weekly Class I: 5,000 and above circulation

Weekly Class II: 4,999 and below circulation

(By printed circulation as of October 2020)

Publication five times a week or more constitutes a daily; publication four times a week or less constitutes a weekly.

Associate member entries that are published in numerous member newspapers across the state may enter the NMPA Better Newspaper Contest; however, these submissions will be judged in the Daily Class 1 division.

Otherwise, associate member entries will be judged in the publication class in which the entry was published. Work submitted must be generated in and for New Mexico publications.

The New Mexico Press Association and the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors are continuing to sponsor a merged contest between the two groups. Winners will be announced at the awards banquet on Oct. 30, 2021, at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa in Santa Fe.

The APME will judge and present its own AP Member of the Year award, which is a single award covering all classes. The AP award will not be counted in the point total that determines the NMPA General Excellence Awards.

This year, entries to the NMPA Better Newspaper Contest will be submitted using the Illinois Press Association’s Advanced Contest Entry System, a web-based program.

Directions for preparing and submitting entries are on Page 4 of the contest information and rules book with this post.

If you have any questions, please contact the NMPA Director Sammy Lopez at 505-275-1241 or


Who will judge us?

The Utah Press Association will judge our contest in early August.

Who can enter?

The contest is open to all New Mexico Press Association members in good standing. The proper representative of each newspaper (e.g. publisher, editor, ad director, etc.) must submit entries, not individuals.

What is the contest period?

Material published between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

What is the entry deadline?

Entries (and payment by check or credit card) must be uploaded to the BNC website or postmarked by Friday, July 31.

What’s the difference between an “example” and “entry”?

An example is one part of a full entry. In most categories, one example constitutes one entry, but some categories require or allow two or more examples to constitute an entry.

How many entries are permitted?

You may enter as many entries as you would like in most categories. In the Design & Typography and website categories, the limit is one entry. See General Excellence details for required dates of publications.

What is the cost?

The cost is $8 per entry in each newspaper category.

While you're looking through your work trying to decide what to enter in this years Better Newspaper Contest, take a look at last years winners for some inspiration!

The New Mexico Press Association is proud to present the winners of the 2020 NMPA Better Newspaper and Advertising Contest.