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This program is currently closed.

  The 2019 Program information is listed below for you to review including links to packet, rates and dates.

 Please look back on this page this summer for updates and opening date for the 2020 Program.


All Winners of the 2019 Student and Alumni Awards program  will be announced in May.



Current Judges: Click here to log into your account and view assignments. 


Congratulations to our 2018 Student Awards top prize winner, Dannielle Garcia. Her comments below from her winning experience.

“Winning the Catholic Press Award for best Entry of the Year and for Best Story was both humbling and shocking. It was one of my first video stories as a senior in college. It was centered around a fellow student and sorority sister, who is also blind. One building on campus didn’t have Braille signs, which she relied on to guide her to class. When they did finally put Braille, not many people noticed, but Sophie did. I did the story not expecting any awards, It wasn’t perfect and there’s a lot of things I see now that I wish I could’ve done better. But telling Sophie’s story is what made me realize I was on the right career path. Thank you to the Catholic Press Association for this huge honor and seeing my potential. And thank you to Sophie Trist for letting me tell her story. This prize has helped me continue to follow my dreams as a TV reporter and I am eternally grateful! 

- Dannielle García”


The CPA Student and Alumni Awards, formerly known as the Student Awards, is an effort of the Young Communicators project, which will increase educational opportunities for young professionals, students and alumni and encourage networking with CPA professionals. Current members of the Catholic Press Association have volunteered to judge and provide critiques for all entries in the CPA Student and Alumni Awards. This program is a valuable opportunity for students to connect to professionals in the field and receive feedback on their work.


Winners of the CPA Student and Alumni Awards program will be announced in mid-April and will receive an Award Certificate shortly thereafter. Winners are also acknowledged at the Catholic Media Conference in June, on the CPA website and published in The Catholic Journalist.



Packets (2020 Packets are subject to change)

Contest categories are organized in divisions of content developed.There are two divisions of this awards program, Alumni and Student Find category options and entry instructions by clicking the appropriate division below

The Alumni Division: For Only Alumni/ae magazines from Catholic colleges or universities. 

The Student Division: For students enrolled full or part-time in an accredited university or college. Entries are the original work of students, including classroom assignments or any work completed as part of a course requirement in calendar year 2018, and published in the student publication or on the publication's website.

*Professors/Advisers may also enter work on behalf of their students.

NOTE: Entries can be ANY work published in a publication connected to a University. for example if student (undergrad, graduate or Alumni) entered "life on campus" published by Loyola University Magazine. Disqualified entries would be anything entered that was not published through a University publication.


New for the Student division as of 2019:

Best University Student Publication - free submission category!!!!

The General Excellence category recognizes the Best University Student Publication, while providing an unprecedented networking opportunity for one contributor. The winning publication receives a first-place certificate, and a $1500 expense paid trip to the Catholic Media Conference where a staff member, chosen by the professor, receives the award. 

More details about the selection process and judging for the best entry of the year are forthcoming.




Dates and Rates (2020 Rates are subject to change)


Date  Submitter Rate
November 5, 2018 - February 3, 2019  Student  $18
November 5, 2018 - February 3, 2019 Student - General Excellence category $ 0
November 5, 2018 - February 3, 2019 Alumni Magazine Members  $36
November 5, 2018 - February 3, 2019 Alumni Magazine Non-Members $45


February 8, 2018 All Hard Copies are due 


Additional Questions?

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or call the office at 312-380-6789

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