Contest & Awards

2020 FPA Weekly Newspaper Contest

Congratulations winners!

The results of the 2020 FPA Weekly Newspaper Contest were announced during a Virtual Awards Program on Facebook on Friday, July 31 at noon. (Watch it here!)

This Awards Program announced:

  • FPA Weekly Newspaper Contest winners
  • Friend of NIE award
  • FPA Hall of Fame inductee
  • Winners of the Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida

Visit FloridaMediaContests.com to view the list of winners, read first place winning entries, watch the awards presentation, and more!

See the results

List of finalists now available!

The judging of this year’s FPA Weekly Newspaper Contest is complete and a list of finalists is now available to review. For a list of winners in random order, please click here.

Please review the list carefully.
The spelling of names listed will be used for all awards. Contact Devon Dunkle at ddunkle@flpress.com to make any necessary corrections. You may also send Devon the pronunciation of any name on the list.

Please note: If more than 3 people are listed as contributors on an entry, they will be listed as “Staff” for all physical awards, certificates, and presentations due to space constraints.

The deadline for corrections and pronunciations is Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Entry Period: 12/16/19 – 2/3/20 Extended! 2/7/20

The contest is open to all Florida Press Association monthly, semi-monthly, weekly, semi-weekly and tri-weekly newspaper members in good standing, whose 2020 dues are current by the date of contest entry and were FPA members in 2019. Entries may not be submitted from sister publications unless they are also members of FPA.

All contest entries must be the sole work of the newspaper staff and/or regular contributors.


  1. The deadline for ALL uploaded entries 11:59 p.m. EDT, February 7, 2020. All mailed entries must be postmarked/dated on or before February 7.
  2. Membership dues for your newspaper must be paid by February 7, 2020 in order to be eligible to enter the contest.
  3. The Circulation Verification form must be submitted by February 7, 2020 in order for your entries to be judged.
  4. Submit all entries online unless absolutely unable. For entries that need to be mailed please follow the instructions in the following “How to Enter” section.
  5. To aid the judges, in the photography category if there is more than one photograph on the page, indicate which photos are in the competition by adding an arrow pointing at, but not on, those photos.
  6. All entries must have been published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019.
  7. Unless specified in the category description, all work MUST have appeared in print, and must be submitted according to the category rules. Work that has appeared online only is generally not accepted, unless the category description says otherwise.
  8. A photo or story may only be entered once and only in one Division. This does not mean that an individual photo or story entered in one category may not be a part of a full-section entry, such as General Excellence. There are also exceptions for the following awards: Portfolio Photography, Online Slideshow and Multimedia Storytelling.
  9. All mailed entries from a single newspaper must be submitted at one time in one package.
  10. The entry fee for each individual entry you submit is $12. Payment can be made online or checks should be made payable to the Florida Press Association and mailed in compliance with the entry deadline.
  11. By participating in the contest, the newspaper will agree to follow the association’s guidelines in using the FPA Award logo and that the logo must include the year of the contest. For example, any 2020 contest winner would use a 2020 FPA Award Winner logo in all marketing of contest wins. If they use “FPA Award Winner” from any other year they must state the year they won the award.

Complete contest information including all rules, categories, and entry instructions can be found at the Florida Media Contests website.

Go to contest website