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National Headliner Awards


Deadline for submitting entries is Friday, February 16, 2024

See instructions below for details on registering. 



Step 1 — Go to either and click on the Submit Entry button or go to:

Step 2 — THE ASSOCIATION CODE REQUIRED TO REGISTER IS NHA. Register by completing the online registration form. Use the “Register” link above. You will receive a confirmation email from within a few minutes, which you will need to click on the embedded confirm link to complete the registration process. (We recommend each news organization create just one sign on, even if there will be more than one person submitting entries.)

Step 3 — With your confirmed email and password registration information, login to the contest entry page by using the “News Organization Login” link above. From this page you will enter new and view and edit existing entries. Existing entries will appear in a list below the two green horizontal fields. On your first visit the page will be blank.

Step 4 — To start the entry process, click on the “Add New Entry” link at the top of the page.

Step 5 — On this page, select your news organization from the dropdown list to the right of “Company.” A lot of information will autofill. If that information is incorrect, please contact Your class will be selected for you based on your New Hampshire Press Association membership class.

Step 6 — Fill in the preparer’s name.

Step 7 — Select a “Contest Type” from the dropdown list. This field will clear each time you save an entry, so you must select a class for each new entry. There are two contest types, “Excellence” and “News.” The “Excellence” type is for special award categories such as “general excellence” and “journalist of the year.” The “news” type is for general award categories such as “best spot news story” and “best editorial writing.”

Step 8 — Select a “Contest Category” from the dropdown list. When you select the category, special instructions will appear below it. These special instructions describe the award and what supporting documentation should be uploaded and in what forms. This information can also be found in the contest rules.

Step 9 — Provide a description of your entry that must be less than 500 words. You can also include a password if needed to access entries that are behind a paypaywall. If you wish to provide a longer letter to the judges
you can download it below.

Step 10 — Each entry submission must be a URL, whether it’s a story, video or radio entry. Do not upload the radio or video file to the database. Please enter the URL in the URL box. There is no need to type “http://.”

Step 11 — Include the name of the entry.

Step 12 — Using the “Person(s) to Receive Award” box, add the name of the person or people who should be credited for the award.

Step 13 — Add your supporting file or files, for example a Letter to the Judges, a PDF of the page as it appeared in the newspaper or photos for the photography categories. You can drag and drop files or use the “Add files” button to navigate to your files. Files can be either .doc, .docx, .jpg or .pdf. If you need to provide a password to get around a paywall, include it here.

Step 14 — 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 15 — To submit another entry, click “Add New Entry.” As long as you have not logged out of the system, your news organization name will still be in place and you can simply start at Step 4 again. You may log out and log back in later to continue adding entries.

Step 16 — 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.

Step 17 — Once you have reviewed the list and are done submitting entries it’s time pay up. From you news organization page of entry listings, on the left hand side click on “Entry Billing.” There you will see the total cost of your entries. You can choose to “Pay Now” using a credit card or PayPal account or you can pay by check to, National Headliner Awards, 14 Colgate Road, Somers Point, NJ 08244