Connecticut Press Club Announces 2021 Communications Contest, Includes High School Submissions!

How would you like to add “award-winning” to your resume? 

If you published a book, started a blog, wrote a news article or personal essay, created a social media campaign, or snapped a photograph you're particularly proud of, enter your work in the Connecticut Press Club’s popular Communications Contest, which rewards excellence in a wide range of categories. 

Entries in 61 categories will be judged by professionals with corresponding expertise. Categories include:

  • online and print news articles and columns

  • personal essay

  • social media campaigns

  • nonfiction, fiction, poetry, YA and children's books

  • specialty articles in the arts, food, business, education, travel and more...

  • page design, editing, photography and graphics

  • radio and TV

  • podcasts and blogs

  • advertising and PR

In addition to the professional competition, the Connecticut Press Club is holding its first High School Communications Contest.

Entries must be produced by a current high school student or a recently graduated student who produced the work in their senior year after February 1, 2021. Entries must have been professionally published/produced or published/produced by a school or professional publication in a recognized medium for the category. i.e., a school, local, or national newspaper, website, etc. 

CLICK HERE to download instructions on how to enter your work in the contest. If you have questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Here is a complete list of categories. 

A few requirements to keep in mind: 

  • Eligibility: Anyone who lives or works in Connecticut is eligible to enter. Work published from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021, is eligible. 

  • Contest Fees: The fee is $25 for the first entry and $15 for Connecticut Press Club members; non-members pay $30 for the first entry and $20 for each additional entry.

  • Deadlines: January 19th at noon is the regular contest deadline. After this date, a $25 late fee will be charged for the first entry you submit. The final deadline is noon on February 9th. The final book deadline is February 2nd.

  • We will celebrate the winners with a cocktail party and awards ceremony in May.

  • Anyone who receives a first-place award in the Connecticut Contest will be eligible to enter the National Federation of Press Women National Communications Contest, provided 2021 NFPW membership dues have been paid. (Membership dues can be paid when you register for the contest. 

The Connecticut Press Club is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), and includes both male and female members. The club welcomes all types of communicators: writers, editors, bloggers, authors, educators, public relations professionals, media photographers, students and more. Plans for the coming year include lectures by sought-after speakers, professional development workshops, networking and social outings. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

PHOTO: CT Press Club member Riann Smith celebrates her 2020 win with emcee Mercedes Velgot and Michele Turk, president of the CT Press Club. Photo credit: Callalily Studios