Critique services and All-North Carolina media contests are offered. All-North Carolina media compete for the Tar Heel awards. Students may also submit entries for more than 50 individual contests. Winners were announced during the 2015 summer institute.

Winners included 17 Tar Heel awards, the top award given:

The Hoofbeat, Charles D. Owen High
Wingspan, West Henderson High
Golden Fleece, T.C. Roberson High
The Forest Fire, Wake Forest High

Northwood Omniscient, Northwood High
GF Online, T.C. Roberson High
Wingspan Online, West Henderson High

Hurricane Watch, Cane Creek Middle
Shoreline, Cape Fear Academy
Shorelines (2014), First Flight High
Shorelines (2015), First Flight High
Westwind, West Henderson High
Clarion, Davie County High
Taurus, Hickory Ridge High
The Prowler, Lake Norman High

Literary Magazine
Blutopia, Gaston Day School
Roars and Whispers, Providence High

Critique services of NCSMA offer annual opportunities for students and staffs to distinguish themselves. Experts in magazine, newspaper and yearbook production judge North Carolina’s scholastic publications in three classes, according to school enrollment.

Award categories include Achievement, Honor, Distinction and All North Carolina. From the latter category, Tar Heel awards are presented to the highest-scoring publications in each class.

Students may also submit individual work in writing and design for awards.

Click here for a description of contest categories.