It’s time again for the Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the New Mexico Press Association and the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors.

A celebration of excellence in writing, reporting, editing, photography, advertising and design, there are 13 new categories this year, giving you more opportunities than ever to showcase your work. 

We have also added a category for monthly newspapers as well as new categories in both the writing/reporting and advertising contests. Look for the orange “new” icon throughout the PDF in this post.

All NMPA members in good standing are eligible to enter the contest, which will be judged by our colleagues from the Wyoming Press Association. 

Deadline for submissions, either electronically or by mail, is 4:59 p.m., Friday, July 29.

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

If you're trying to decide what to enter, check out last year's winners for some inspiration.