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ICCJA Contest


Deadline for submitting entries is August 31, 2024



To submit your contest entries, go to the contest website:
Then follow the steps below.

If you have any questions, contact this year’s contest organizer, Bill Poorman, at 248-421-6059 or

Step 1 Your Association Code is ICCJA (case sensitive). Register on the contest website by using your email address and creating a password, which can be “ICCJA”. You will receive a confirmation email, which you will need to complete registration.

Step 2 After you log in, you will see a page showing any entries you have already submitted.

Step 3 Click on the “Add New Entry” link.

Step 4On this page, select your publication name. A lot of information will autofill. If that information is incorrect, please contact this year’s contest organizer, Bill Poorman. Your division has been pre-assigned. Fill in the preparer’s name.

Step 5 Select “By Division” or “Open” to begin submitting entries. (Remember - No more than two for Division and one for Open categories.) All required fields are marked with a red asterisk.

Step 6 Select the contest category. These are drop-down menus for your convenience. This field will clear each time you save an entry, so you must select a category for each new entry. When you select the category, special instructions will appear below it.

Step 7If necessary, provide an explanation of your entry. The explanation/cutline box is limited to 3,000 characters. It’s a good idea to write your explanation in another program, such as Word, and copy/paste into the explanation box. If a URL is required, fill in the URL box.

Step 8 Include the name of the entry. If uploading full-page PDF files, it will be helpful if the entry name matches the headline on the page so the judges can find it easily. If the judges cannot tell what is to be judged, the entry will be discarded without refund. This is especially true of photo categories.

Step 9 Include the name of the person or people who should be credited for any award. This is generally the writer, reporter, photographer, graphic artist, cartoonist, etc. It is not necessarily the name of the person submitting the entry nor the person picking up the award at the conference.

Step 10 Add your file or files. You can drag and drop files or use the “Add files” button to navigate to your files. Generally, files should be in PDF format - except photos, which should be in high-resolution JPG format. Other files and URLs may be acceptable as noted in the special instructions. Upload as many files as are necessary to complete your entry but refer to the special instructions for any limitations.

Step 11 When you have completed your submission, click the “Save” button. If you click the “Back to list” button, you will lose the entry you just completed. After clicking “Save,” you will be directed back to the list of your entries.

Step 12 To submit another entry, click “Add New Entry.” As long as you have not logged out of the system, your newspaper name will still be in place, and you can simply start at Step 6 again. You may log out and log back in later to continue adding entries. You will need to select your newspaper name each time you log in. It is helpful to bookmark the site.

Step 13 If you are done submitting entries, please review the list. You may not change an entry, but you may delete an entry and resubmit it. If you have questions, please contact this year’s contest organizer, Bill Poorman.