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2024 ONPA Annual Contests

Better Newspaper Contest: Deadline - March 18, 2024

Associate Member Contest: Deadline - March 18, 2024

Best Ad Idea Contest: Deadline - March 18, 2024

Collegiate Contest: Deadline March 4, 2024


See instructions below for details on registering. 


Pamplin Media Group - Times takes home six first-place awards in newspaper  contest


Step 1 Click the “Register” button above. (Disabled until open date)

Step 2 Using your email address register for which competition you would like to enter.
Note: each contest you enter will require a separate registration using a different email address. This means that you will not be able to use the same email address for say the Better Newspaper Contest AND the Best Ad Ida Contest.

Step 3 The Association Code is: orenews. It is case sensitive.

Step 4 You will receive a confirmation email, which you will need in order to complete registration.


Step 1 Follow the registration instructions above.

Step 2 — Login here (or use the link above). You will see a page showing any entries you have already submitted. Complete rules for all contests are available above (click links). Some browsers, such as Safari, will open the rules in a new window; others will require you to download the PDF file to your computer.

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

Step 4On this page, select your newspaper name. Some information will auto-fill. If that information is incorrect, please call ONPA at (503) 624-6397 or email Your Class will auto-fill for you. Fill in the preparer’s name.

Step 5 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 6If 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; there is no need to type “http://.”
Step 7 Include the name of the entry. If uploading full-page PDF files, make sure the entry name matches the headline on the page. If the judges cannot tell what is to be judged, the entry will be discarded without refund.

Step 8 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 or the person picking up the award at the convention.

Step 9 Add your file or files. You can drag and drop files or use the “Add files” button to navigate 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 and applicable Contest Rules. Upload as many files as are necessary to complete your entry but refer to the special instructions and Contest Rules for any limitations. If you have questions about your entry please see our Frequently Asked Questions linked above as well as located on the ONPA website under the “Contests” tab.