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Welcome to the 2018

CPA Student Awards

The CPA Student Awards is an effort of the Young Communicators project, which will increase educational opportunities for young professionals and students 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 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 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.

Updates to 2018 Student Awards Program

Selected members of the Catholic Press Association will choose the Best Entry of the Year of the five first place entries in each category to receive a grand prize for best entry of the year. The award will include a cash prize of $1,000 in addition to the benefits listed above.

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

New to the Program: (click the link below ONLY if you have not already created a username and password)

  • Click here to create an account for CPA Student Awards.

Submission Period:

The submission period for the 2018 CPA Student Awards is Monday, October 2, 2017 to Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Click here to start a submission.


Students enrolled full or part time in an accredited university or college may enter the CPA Student Awards. Professors/Advisors may also enter work on behalf of their students.

Entries must be the original work of students published in the school publication or on the publication website in the calendar year 2017. Classroom assignments or work completed as part of a course requirement are eligible as long as they are published in the publication or on the publication's website.

Work does not have to come from a Catholic university/college publication. The work must be in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Entries must follow the criteria outlined in the category descriptions.


Each entry costs $18.00. You may enter multiple items into one category and enter one item into more than one category unless otherwise noted in the awards packet. One item entered into multiple categories constitutes multple entries. Payment deadline is specified in the in the current awards program.

Awards Packet:

Click here to download the Student Awards Packet.

The packet includes elibility requirements, category descriptions, and submission instructions. Please read awards packet carefully before entering the competition.

Ready to Submit?

Click here to start a submission.

Need Assistance?

Consult our FAQ page or contact Kathleen at cpaawards@catholicpress.org or at 312-380-6789 with further questions.