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Contests

NCSMA is still accepting entries for its 2015 statewide media contest in the yearbook, literary magazine and TV news categories. The postmark deadline for those entries is May 25.*

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 will be announced during the 2015 summer institute.

*If by chance your yearbook or magazine will not arrive at your school by that date, contact the NCSMA office. We can make arrangements to accept those entries that arrive by noon on June 3.


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.