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Contests

Critique services and All-North Carolina media contests are offered. Students may also submit entries for more than 50 individual contests. All-North Carolina media compete for the Tar Heel awards.

All-North Carolina is NCSMA’s highest rating. All-North Carolina publications demonstrate excellence in all areas of journalism, combining effective writing and design with broad and diverse coverage. Tar Heels are awarded to those publications that score the highest among All-North Carolina winners.

Winners were announced during the 2015 summer institute.

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

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

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

Yearbook
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.