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All four programs are currently closed. 2020 program dates are not set.

  Review the 2019 Programs below for general information.

 Please look back on this page this summer for updates and opening dates for the 2020 Programs.


Sponsored by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.    


If you are a current judge in one of the four programs, you may click here to log into your account and view assignments


Established in 1911, The Catholic Press Association is an association  of publisher and communication professionals that honor excellent work across media platforms.

All winners are honored at the annual Catholic Media Conference each June, receive an award certificate, are listed in the association's award issue of The Catholic Journalist, and are viewable on the award portal of the CPA website.

The St. Francis de Sales Award is the highest award the Catholic Press Association presents to a CPA member for his/her "outstanding contribution to the Catholic journalism."


Initiated in 1965, The Gabriel Awards is a premier program honoring excellence in film, broadcast, and cross- platform media production released in the United Stated and Canada.


The Catholic Press Association and SIGNIS North America, an affiliate of the Catholic world association for communication, sponsor the Gabriel Awards.  Recipients of a Gabriel Award receive a coveted Gabriel statuette.

The Programs

 The Catholic Press Awards recognize excellence in the following areas:

To enter one of these programs please click the name of the program above. This will take you to the programs informational page where you can locate "Click Here to Enter."


Who is eligible to enter the various Award Programs?

  • The Catholic Press Awards are for CPA members only.
  • The Gabriel Awards are primarily for non- member broadcast professionals, however CPA members are eligible to enter.
  • The CPA Book Awards are for members and non- member authors and publishers.
  • The Student and Alumni Awards are for member and non member publishers of alumni magazines, and also for aspiring student aspiring and communicators. 
  • The Achievement Awards are for CPA members through a nomination process or a competition as outlined specifically for each award.


What are the Entry Fees? (Rates are subject to change for 2020 programs)

In general there is an open period and extension period fee for four of the CPA award programs. The CPA offers members the lowest rate for the Catholic Press, CPA Book and Alumni Awards.



  Open Period        Extension Period    
Catholic Press Awards   ALL $36 $45
 Gabriel Awards Film  $200  $225
  Radio   $125  $150
  Television   $150  $175
  Social Media   $125 $150 
  General Excellence   $200 $225

CPA Book Awards

Members   $36 $45
   Non- Members $76 N/A
CPA Student and Alumni Awards  Alumni Members $36 N/A
   Alumni Non-Members $45 N/A
   Students $18 N/A
Achievement Awards  ALL No Fee  N/A 


What are the entry dates?  (Dates are subject to change for 2020 programs)

Each program packet explains the deadlines and requirements for submission. In general the contest is open in alignment with the following dates. 

Program Open Period Extension Period
 Catholic Press Awards  Dec 3, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019 Jan 28, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019 
 Gabriel Awards  Nov 5, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019  Jan 28, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019 
 CPA Book Awards Dec 3, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019  Jan 28, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019 
 CPA Student and Alumni Awards Nov 5, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019  Jan 28, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019 
 St. Francis de Sales & Bishop John England Awards  February 2019  N/A 
 Cardinal Foley & Fr. Catoir Awards March 2019  N/A 


HARD COPIES  When required, must be received by February 8, 2019


Additional Questions & contact for judging opportunities

  Contact Kathleen Holloway or Eucarol Juarez at

or call (312) - 380-6789

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