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Connecticut Press Club Premier Two-tier Communications Contest Begins

The Connecticut Press Club is accepting entries into its annual communications contest, the first tier of one of the most prestigious two-tier competitions in communications for both active and retired reporters, editors, authors, bloggers, designers, artists, photographers, publicists, and self-publishers.

First place winners in all 61 categories move on to compete in the second tier, a national competition, organized annually by the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). Although state affiliates will be running contests across the United States entrants must enter the contest in their home state.

As an affiliate, the Connecticut Press Club runs the Connecticut contest. The many categories and multiple subcategories offered are in recognition and support of the many facets of communications talent within an evolving industry.

  •         Writing (Categories 1-17)
  •         Editing (Categories 18-20)
  •         Photography (Categories 21-23)
  •         Graphics and Design (Categories 24-26)
  •         Radio and Television (Categories 27-32)
  •         Web and Social Media (Categories 33-41)
  •         Advertising (Categories 42-45)
  •         Communications Programs and Campaigns (Categories 46-50)
  •         Public Relations Materials (Categories 51-53)
  •         Information for the Media (Categories 54-56)
  •         Speeches (Category 57)
  •         Collegiate/Education (Categories 58-61)

All entries must have been published or broadcast between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. The deadline for entries is January 28, 2020.  

CT Wins at National

Out of 43 CT entries in the 2018 NFPW national competition the CT Press Club won 34 awards:

11 first place, 11 second place, five third place and seven honorable mentions. The names and works of Connecticut’s national winners follow:

Venera Alexandrova for Page Design: Magazine or Newsletter, The Art of Conversation.

Jane Beiles for Photo Essay: In Rowayton, A Narrow House that Feels Wide Inside.

Chandra Bozelko for Editorial/Opinion: Magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper print publication, Well-Intentioned Efforts at Reform Uniquely Harm Incarcerated Women.

Cindy Catterson for Radio and Television Advertising: Television, In Their Own Words: Jeffrey Mendell; In Their Own Words: Felicity Kostakis; In Their Own Words: Alex Mozian.

Timothy Dumas for Feature Story: Magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication, The Anxious Generation and also for Page Design: Magazine or Newsletter, The Art of Conversation.

Diane Sembrot for Publications regularly edited by entrant: Magazine/Magpaper, Westport Magazine.

Kyle Norton for Single photograph: General photo (open competition), Teens to Watch.

Karen Swanson for Personal Website: Going Lo-Co.

Amy Vischio for Single page, section, or supplement edited by entrant-Magazine, newsletter, non-newspaper pub: 2018 A-List Awards program.

Cheryl Weinstock for Specialty Articles: Religion, More Religious Leaders Challenge Silence, Isolation Surrounding Suicide.

2019 Fees and Deadlines

For CT Press Club members their first entry in the state contest is $25. Additional entries are $15 each. For non-members their first entry in the state contest is $30. Additional entries are $20 each.

First place winners have the option to progress to judging in the NFPW’s national contest. There is a fee to proceed and to enter they must be members of NFPW. Entrants will have the opportunity to join should they win a first place in the state contest.  The NFPW’s highest point earners by state and individual receive cash awards.  All winners state and national, from honorable mention to first place, receive certificates.

For a complete list of rules and prizes visit https://nfpw.org/professional-contest-2/.  Contest questions can be directed to Carol Banner, contest director for the CT Press Club at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " _cc="" _bcc="" _subject="" _body="" style="color:purple;text-decoration-line:underline;outline:none"> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   .  

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