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Catholic Press Awards

The purpose of the Catholic Press Awards is to acknowledge the outstanding work of its Publisher and Communication members as they strive to further the mission of the Church. On a daily basis they inform, inspire and educate readers keeping them connected to their faith, and telling the story of the Church. It is those contributions that are recognized through these awards.

With the diversity of Catholic communications today, the Awards program offers the opportunity for individuals with various skill sets to submit their best work for critical review. Participants choose categories organized by different media that feature writing, design, production and editing skills, and submit in sub-categories separated by intent such as news, feature stories and so forth.

The Catholic Press Awards accepts work completed by its members in the previous year. The association announces the winners at its Catholic Media Conference in June, publishes them in the Awards issue of The Catholic Journalist, and showcases them on the CMA website.


2021 Program

Key Dates

Open Submission Period: November 2nd through February 1st

Extension Period: February 2nd through February 8th

Hard Copy Materials Due: Friday, February 12th

Entry Fees

Open Period: $36 per entry

Extension Period: $45 per entry


Divisions and Category Listings

This awards program has five divisions to reflect the varied work of its members; each division’s packet specifies eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and a full category list.

Click below for category options and entry instructions.


    New to the submission process?

    Watch a video for instructions on how to submit an entry.
    Click here  for a PDF of the submission instructions.


    Ready to Enter?

    The link to the submission site will be available when the program opens.

    Congratulations to the 2020 Winners

    2020 Press Award Winning Entries

    2020 Winners Gallery


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