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Our four programs are currently closed .  

In the meantime, please read

Press Awards program information below.

Also, look back for information on 

our 2019 programs starting in August!!

Contact person for this program

Kathleen Holloway

Project Coordinator 

Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada 

312.380.6789 | (f) 312.361.0256| www.catholicpress.org 

205 W Monroe Street, Suite 470, Chicago IL 60606

My hours are part time (21hrs/wk). It may take me longer than usual to fulfill requests. Thank you for your patience.

Who is eligible?

Publisher and Freelance Members of the CPA may enter the Catholic Press Awards. 

To participate in the Catholic Press Awards, you must be a member in good standing by March 31.

When can I submit entries?

The Catholic Press Awards submission period typically

opens in the beginning of January and closes mid-February. 

How much does it cost to enter?

Each publication and Freelance Member receives one free entry to the Catholic Press Awards. A coupon will be added to your cart at checkout. Additional entries cost $36 per submission.Payments are made to the submission portal or mail in check process. Please submit payment by the date specified in the current awards packets.

How do I submit an entry?

Click "Make Another Application" then select the contest of your choice. Fill out the forms as prompted. You can save your information and complete your application later, or complete your entry and add it to your cart. You can edit entries that are incomplete or in your cart.

Once you pay for your entries, you cannot edit them. We recommend that you keep all of you entries in your cart until you have checked them, then make one payment when you are finished with your submissions. This process will help eliminate incorrect, duplicate, and missing submissions from your organization.

How do I edit entries?

Click "My Applications" to view all of your submissions. For incomplete entires, click "Edit." For entries in your cart, click "Make Changes." For complete entries, contact Kathleen at cpaawards@catholicpress.org or call 312-380-6789 to make adjustments.

After I upload my file, I see the words "NO PREVIEW AVAILABLE" instead of an image. Is something wrong?

The file has uploaded and it is available for download. Judges will be able to view the file during the judging period and the general public will be able to view the file if it is posted in the winner's gallery. If you don't see a preview of the file, it is likely because the file is large and a preview could not be generated during the upload. You may upload a smaller file instead to see a preview.

To change the file on incomplete entries, click the "Edit" button. For complete entries, contact Kathleen at cpaawards@catholicpress.org or call 312-380-6789 for assistance.

Where can I find a list of categories?

Below are the OLD 2018 Categoriy lists and are not current for the 2019 Program. To familiarize yourself with the program, click the 2018 packets below. 2019 Packets will be available early fall. 

 The CPA Press Awards packet details eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and the full list of categories. 

Click the icons below to dowload a copy.

All Member Business Division [NEW]

All Member Digital Division [NEW]

Excellence Division

Magazine and Newsletter Division

Newspaper Division

Spanish Division

Communications Division [NEW] 

I'm not sure if my item is appropriate for this category. How can I figure that out?

If you have read the category description and you are still not sure that it's the right category for your item, please contact Kathleen at cpaawards@catholicpress.org or at 312-380-6789. If necessary, we will refer your question to the Awards Committee, which will make a recommendation.

Do I need to submit files in a certain format?

We ask for PDF format for articles and photos,

but we can accept any file type. File type is indicated on each category description.

If we cannot open a file, we will reach out to you to for a different file format.

Is there a size limit on files?

Yes. We limit file size to 20 MB.

If your file is larger than 20 MB, please contact Kathleen Holloway

at cpaaawards@catholicpress.org for a possible solution.

Why do I need to include the name of the publication for the Catholic Press Awards?

All submissions to the Catholic Press Awards must have been published in or used by a member publication during the previous calendar year. For example, if I enter into the 2019 program, my work has to be published in 2018.There will be a drop down list of publications on the submission form. Please choose from this list to confirm where your entry was published.The publication that is used on your entry will confirm its eligibility.

Where do I mail hard copy materials?

Keep a close eye for categoreis requiring hard copy materials.

 Please mail required materials to the CPA Office:

CPA Awards Program
Catholic Press Association
205 West Monroe Street
Suite 470
Chicago, IL 60606

Need Additional informaiton? 

For any other questions, please email Kathleen at cpaawards@catholicpress.org or at 312-380-6789.