Rules of Entry and Judging Criteria


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Rules of Entry

  1. To be eligible, an entry must have been published in a Newspapers Canada-member daily newspaper in 2016 in English or French.
  2. Competitors shall represent one of two circulation classes: under 25,000 and 25,000 and over. Circulation figures refer to average daily circulation. Entries are limited to one per person.
  3. Competitors must be no more than 25 years of age and not less than 20 at the time of publication. If a competitor turns 26 during the calendar year, only those articles published when competitor was 25 will be eligible.
  4. An entry shall consist of four editorial articles published during the 2016 calendar year. A competitor must be the sole author of an article. An article consists of no more than one main story and one sidebar.
  5. You must submit a full-page PDF tearsheet or set of tearsheets for each article.
  6. An entry form must be included with your entry.
  7. Entries must be sponsored by the employing newspaper and may be accompanied by memoranda outlining circumstances under which the stories were obtained.
  8. All decisions by the judges are final and no reasons need be given by the judges. Prizes must be accepted as awarded and are not transferable.
  9. Before a competitor is declared a winner of an award, the competitor must sign a declaration of compliance with the rules and a release including an indemnity and a license to publish the entry.
  10. Each entry will be considered in competition with all others duly entered in its circulation classification by a panel of four judges chosen by Newspapers Canada. The judges reserve the right to not name a winner in either class.
  11. Submissions become the property of Newspapers Canada and may be reproduced in any of its publications.
  12. The entry deadline is Friday, March 17, 2017. Entries must be received via email at by this date.

Judging Criteria

Judging will be conducted on a point system with Newspapers Canada compiling the aggregate results. On the basis of 100 points, 25 points shall be allotted by the judging committee for each of four features:

  1. Purity of language used and excellence of style (25 points)
  2. Interest of subject (25 points)
  3. Forcefulness or persuasiveness of presentation (25 points)
  4. Depth or originality of thought having regard to, among other things, whether the work (25 points)
  5. Total (100 points)


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