Who may compete in the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards (CCNAwards)?

The CCNAwards are open to general and sustaining members of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association who are in good standing as of December 31, 2015. In addition, there is a separate division for Campus Newspapers, which is open to all newspapers serving post-secondary institutions across Canada.

How does Newspapers Canada determine if my paper is eligible for the national General Excellence competition?

A paper will enter the competition directly through Newspapers Canada and be judged against all other national entrants within its circulation class. Participation in a regional General Excellence competition is not currently connected to participation in the national competition.

My paper is a sustaining member of CCNA. Are we eligible to enter all categories?

Yes. Sustaining members, including Canadian Forces Base Newspapers, may enter any category in the applicable circulation class, in the same manner as general members. The same entry fees apply for general and sustaining members.

Entering the Competition

When is the entry deadline?

The final entry deadline for the 2016 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards is Friday, January 29, 2016.
CCNA members who submit their entries by the earlybird deadline of Friday, January 22, 2016, will be eligible for the earlybird draw.

How do I log into the online entry system?

The CCNAwards has teamed up with NewspaperToolbox to provide an online entry platform for this year’s competition allowing you to submit all your entry details and entries online. This online contest entry system is designed to make the process of entering contests quick and easy.
Once the competition has launched, there will be a link posted on the CCNA homepage directing entrants to the online site.

What file formats will be accepted?

PDF, JPEG, DOC, GIF, XLS, PPT, FLV, MPG, WMV, MPEG, PNG, MOV, MP4. A URL link to your website can be uploaded website entries.
To minimize server errors, please remove spaces from file names before uploading them into the entry system (Ex. Newspapers Canada July Issue.pdf should be Newspaper_Canada_July_Issue.pdf)
Please do not exceed a maximum file size of 3 MB.

Which categories require hard copy entries?

The following categories will require a hard copy of your tearsheets to be submitted:
  • General Excellence
  • Best Canadian Forces Base Newspaper
  • Best Holiday Edition
  • Outstanding Community Service
  • Best Agricultural Edition
  • Best Campus Newspaper
  • Best Sports Coverage NEW
Please send hard copy entries and entry forms to:

Where can I get a copy of the entry book?

There are separate entry books for CCNA members and Campus Newspapers.
  • For the CCNA Member entry book, please click here
  • For CCNA Campus Newspapers entry book please click here
If you have trouble opening the entry book file, please email awards@newspaperscanada.ca.

Which circulation figure is used for entering classes in each category?

For non-daily community newspapers, Newspapers Canada uses the latest audited or sworn average total circulation figure for your edition of record as of December 1, 2015. Community daily newspapers that publish five or more times per week will automatically compete in the top circulation class for all categories. (To view your circulation figures in our searchable database, click here.)
CCNAwards personnel will ensure that all entries are submitted in the correct classes.

How many entries may I submit in each category?

A maximum of three (3) entries per member newspaper may be submitted into EACH of the following Premier Awards, Special Competitions and Campus Newspaper categories for the applicable circulation class:
Premier Awards:
  • Best News Story
  • Best Feature Story
  • Best Feature Series
  • Best Columnist
  • Best Reporter Initiative
  • Best Historical Story
  • Best Local Cartoon
  • Best Spot News Photo Coverage
  • Best Feature News Photo
  • Best Feature Photo
  • Best Sports Photo
  • Best Photo Essay
  • Best Photo Illustration
Special Competitions:
  • Best Environmental Writing
  • Best Rural Reporting
  • Best Business Writing
  • Best Agricultural Story
Campus Newspapers:
  • Best Campus News Story
  • Best Campus Feature Story
  • Best Campus Photography
A maximum of one (1) entry per member newspaper may be submitted into EACH of the following Premier Awards, Special Competitions and Campus Newspaper categories:
Premier Awards:
  • Best National Editorial
  • Best Local Editorial
  • Best Community Service
  • Best Headline Writing
  • Best Coverage of the Arts
  • Best Sports Coverage
  • Best Holiday Edition
  • Best Website
  • Best Multimedia Feature
  • Best Canadian Forces Base Newspaper
Special Competitions:
  • Best Agricultural Edition
Campus Newspaper Categories:
  • Outstanding Campus Newspaper
  • Best Campus Website

I would like to enter my newspaper in the General Excellence competition. Where do I send my entry?

All CCNA members must send their General Excellence entries directly to the Newspapers Canada office.

My newspaper wishes to enter the Outstanding Columnist category. However, our selected columnist only publishes a column every other week. Can we still enter?

Yes. Send three consecutive columns whether they are weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Attach an explanatory letter from the editor or publisher, explaining the circumstances.

I would like to enter the Arts Coverage category. What do I submit?

The category definition for Best Coverage of the Arts mentions that 3 to 5 different works must be submitted. A work is defined as a single story, feature, editorial, stand-alone photo, or photo essay. If a story turns onto a second page, be sure to submit both tearsheets. Similarly, if you are submitting a photo essay, submit all tearsheets on which the photo essay was published.
A full arts section, or all pages of arts coverage from an issue, will be judged as multiple works.
The premise behind these categories is to showcase the best specific examples of arts coverage in your community.

If a work was published in several papers, can each paper submit that work?

No. Only the paper with the highest total circulation figure may submit that work. Any duplicates may be disqualified by CCNAwards staff, committee or judges at any time that they are discovered during the competition.

How will I be able to remember which works we submitted?

Information about all entries will be submitted using our online entry system. This system will allow you to print copies of all entries you submit. You should keep these copies in a handy location in your office so that you can readily refer to it when we announce the winners. Newspapers Canada is unable to keep track of the thousands of entries that are submitted each year, so it is up to you to maintain your records.

What forms of payment does Newspapers Canada accept?

CCNA accepts the following forms of payment:
  • cheque or money order payable to CCNA;
  • VISA;
  • MasterCard.
If you are paying by cheque or money order, please indicate the name of your newspaper so that it is readily identifiable by Newspapers Canada staff.

My newspaper must submit cheque requisitions to our corporate head office, and cheques usually take a few weeks to be issued. Can we send our entries to Newspapers Canada by the deadline, and then send the cheque later?

Ideally, we would prefer that payment be included with the entry package. If you are unable to have a corporate cheque issued before the deadline, Newspapers Canada accepts other forms of payment. Newspapers Canada accepts personal cheques, as well as money orders from banks or the post office. Newspapers Canada also accepts credit card payments directly through the online entry system. It is in your best interest to include your payment with your entry package. Delays in sending payment may result in your entries being withheld from the competition and possibly disqualified.


How can I become a judge?

You will need a colleague to nominate you as a judge. Your area(s) of expertise (e.g., editorial, advertising, etc.) must also be indicated. Past winners are also considered as potential judges. Please contact awards@newspaperscanada.ca for the judging nomination form or click here to download the form off our website.


When will the winners be announced?

The 2016 CCNAwards final standings, consisting of the top three newspapers in all categories and classes, will be announced on Friday, April 15, 2016. They will be announced on this website and in Newspapers Canada's industry newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here.

What is a Blue Ribbon?

A Blue Ribbon award is given in the General Excellence division to any paper in the national competition that deserves recognition for excellence, as determined by the General Excellent judge(s). Recipients receive a certificate and a reproduction-quality logo that may be printed on the papers masthead or front page.

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