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NFPW's 2015 Communications Contest is LIVE!

Winner Logo - Any YearIf you're a National Press Women member (or would like to be) you don't have to wait until 2015 to enter the 2015 Communications Contest! Work published in 2014 is eligible. If you have work you know you want to enter, you can start now. (It's not a one-time opportunity. You can enter some work now and do more later.)

Here are instructions for entering the contest.

Steps for Easy Entry into the NFPW Affiliate Communications Contest
NOTE: All information about entering the NFPW contest is contained within the contest site. The LOGIN (Welcome) page and the HOME page you will access once you have a username and password are step-by-step guides to ensure that you can successfully register, enter, submit, and pay for your entries. There are steps to follow about submitting and paying for entries on the Entry Form and PAY NOW pages also.

  • 1. Click the contest link on the NFPW website to access the LOGIN (Welcome) page of the contest.

  • 2. Read the information on the Welcome page BEFORE beginning the registration / entry process.

  • 3. Click the white REGISTER link (top left corner of the page), enter your email address, click SUBMIT.

  • 4. Fill out the Entrant Form that will appear on your screen. Selection of membership status and state affiliate name will put you into the correct contest.

  • 5. At the end of the Entrant Form, create a Username and Password. Keep them simple. They can be identical. Write that info down somewhere so that you will be able to access the contest at a later time to finish the entry process or to submit more entries.

  • 6. Enter your work: Click ADD ENTRY on the navigation bar to get the entry form with all of your contact information already filled in. Follow the steps listed in red at the top of the Entry Form page.

  • TIP: Before submitting your entries if you have more than one or two, create a 2015 CONTEST folder on your hard drive. Find all files needed for each category you plan to enter; rename them by putting category number/letter and name at the beginning of the filename (e.g. 03 NEWS Near-record year for rainfall.docx; 10 REVIEW The Wolf of Wall Street.pdf). Save each to the new folder. After uploading the first file from the CONTEST folder, you will get that folder each time you click the Browse button during the entry process.

  • 7. Once you enter the title, choose the category, and click SAVE, you will see the unique entry ID number, the title of the entry, and the Category name above the five tabs. You must click each of the other tabs (except Hard-copy Entries, which pertains only to those entering entire books, magazines, and newspapers).

  • 8. Submit your entries through the Uploads tab (read directions on the tab). There are 2 types of entry fields: a) Upload: click Browse, find your CONTEST folder, upload files for that entry from the folder. OR b) URL: type or paste URLs into these fields (one URL to a field).

  • 9. Click ADD ENTRY to get a new Entry Form for each new entry.

  • 10. Click VIEW ENTRIES at any time to see, to review, to make changes to, or to “submit” any of your entries. Click the title of entry you wish to examine and you will be back on the Entry Form page and can make any needed changes. With your username and password you can reenter the contest at any time until the deadline to check over your entries, add more entries, and make payment.

  • 11. When you have finished submitting your work, “submit” it. Go to VIEW ENTRIES, find “click here to submit” in the Status column (to the right of Titles column). Click and follow directions about requirements not met. Click the link again and click the “submit now” button. When you see “Submitted” or “Accepted” in the Status column, your entry is “official” and will be sent along for judging when that phase of the contest begins.

  • 12. When finished (or done for the time being), you may either log out or go to PAY NOW to pay with a credit card or click Pay Offline to pay by check (to be sent to address of the person in your state, named below the Pay Offline check box, who is taking payments). Entries are not official until they have been “submitted” and paid for. Note: Once they are submitted, entries no longer can be changed.

  • 13. It is important to read all instructions and to SAVE at each stage (i.e., before leaving a page). You will get an onscreen prompt if you try to leave a page where information will be lost if you don’t SAVE or if you haven’t filled out a required field.

  • 14. Go to CONTACT US if you have a question or run into a problem.

  • 15. Have fun!