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 2020 Winners list released end of June

2020 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 2020 Press Awards accepts work completed by its members in calendar year 2019. All winners are announced at the Catholic Media Conference in June, published in the June issue of The Catholic Journalist, and available for viewing on the CPA website.

NEW for 2020: Important update to the Press Awards Submission form:

Every entry requires an image. Image is uploaded using the image file upload section of the submission form. Depending on the category, this image may be the article cover, a company logo, or a photo. For the individual excellence awards, submit the nominee's head shot. These images will be used as we announce the winning entries on the CPA website, in The Catholic Journalist and in social media.


Important Dates

December 2, 2019 – February 2, 2020    Open period: $36 per submission
February 3, 2020 – February 9, 2020 Extension period: $45 per submission
February 10, 2020 Hard copy materials due
February 14, 2020 Payment deadline


2020 Catholic Press Award Divisions

This awards program is segmented into divisions that reflect the varied work of CPA members. Click on the link below for more detailed information.


New to the submission process?

2020 Submission Instructions video and PDF available below.

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

Ready to enter

The 2020 Catholic Press Awards program has closed. Check back in the fall for more information.

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners.

Click here to view the 2019 Press Award Winners. Check back for the 2020 winners list release date. 


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