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Contests

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.


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.