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Welcome to the 2018 Catholic Press Awards


Important Changes for 2018: Search by category name not number

The Press Awards Program is in a two-year transition period with the goal of making it easier for participants to find submissions by topical category rather than by category number. The first stage in accomplishing this is to create new divisions and reorganize the Quick Look Chart by topic. Continue to use the category number to find descriptions and submit in the award software.


Entry Divisions Reorganized and Expanded to Seven

The All Member entries are now in the Digital and Business divisions. All General and Individual Excellence categories are in the Excellence division. The new Communication division is for non-news content.


 The Seven Divisions are:


  Business (All Member)

    o   Advertising & Annual Report entries for all publisher members


 Digital (All Member)

     o   Website, blogs, Social Media entries for all publisher members


 Communication Departments 

     o   Communicator and promotion work that is not press/news related


 General & Individual Excellence

    o   Top awards pulled from Newspaper, Magazine, Spanish Language & Communication divisions


 Magazine & Newsletter

     o   Same as previous years without digital and excellence categories



      o   Same as previous years without digital and excellence categories


 Spanish Language

     o   Same as previous years without digital and excellence categories


New categories are listed at the top of the Quick Look chart and marked NEW


Catholic Press Award winners are announced at the annual Catholic Media Conference in June. Winners may pick up their award certificates at the conference. If a winner is unable to attend, the CPA office mails the certificates after the the conference ends. Winners are also published in the June issue of the Catholic Journalist and in the winners gallery on our awards website.

CPA's awards programs allow Catholic journalists, authors, publishers, media professionals and students to showcase their hard work from the previous year.

The CPA offers four annual contests. Please click the links for more details:

Winners receive an award certificate and recognition on the CPA website and the Catholic Journalist. Winners of the Catholic Press Awards will be announced at the Catholic Media Conference. To view galleries winners, click here.

Awards Packets- Click on the icon to download individual packets. 

Press Awards Packets- Click on the icon to download individual Division packets. 

Awards packets contain full category lists and descriptions, submission instructions, and deadlines for each program.

Ready to submit?

If you have questions about the awards programs, please email

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