NSNC Annual Column Contest (Test)

**THIS IS ONLY A TEST SITE!!! Contest is not underway. Please do not enter now. If you are interested in entering NSNC's contest, mark your calendars for January 2018 and visit www.columnists.com. You can also join out newsletter mailing list and join the organization there in order to stay up-to-date on column information and other important news. **



General Rules (DRAFT):

  • The NSNC annual column contest welcomes writers for magazines and other media as well as bloggers, including those who are new to writing and publish column-like posts.

  • An entry consists of three columns, published between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016.  You may enter as many categories as you wish, but may submit only one entry (consisting of three columns) per category. None of the three columns in an entry may be entered in other categories

  • Postal-mailed packets must be postmarked by March 31, 2017.Email packets must be time-stam

  • ped by midnight Pacific Time, Friday, March 31, 2017.

{HOW TO BETTER WORD THIS?} Members pay $25 per entry and non-members $50 per entry. Writers owe just the $25 entry fee if at the same time they join by paying membership dues, $50 per calendar year. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Details on membership are on NSNC’s Join or Renew page.

  • Group authorship is acceptable; all names must be on the online entry form. The fee is per entry.

  • There is no limit on how many columnists from the same publication may enter any category.

  • Postal, UPS and FedEx address: National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Attention: NSNC 2017 Contest, c/o Cathy Turney, 1769 Sharon Dr., Concord, CA  94519. Phone: 925-686-2290.

  • {???}Pseudonyms — or sole writing credit given to pets etc. — are not acceptable in any category.

  • While judges’ decisions are final, the NSNC may disqualify winners if rules are found to have been broken. Entries will not be returned. Contest fees will not be refunded for disqualified entries. Winning entries may be republished by the NSNC in any media; credit will be given to the author and original publisher.

  • Winners: Finalists will be notified by email {when?}. Winners will be announced at the awards banquet of the annual NSNC Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 8-11, 2017, in the post-conference edition of the NSNC member newsletter and on the NSNC website, www.columnists.com.

    Entry Instructions:

    1. Submit an entry form online (this link goes to an introductory page with the form opening at its “Register Now” button).

    2. Pay fee, either online with Paypal via the online entry form or send a check to the postal address below.

    3. Email three columns as PDF attachments to nsnccontest@gmail.com (you can convert website to PDF HERE) Alternatively, send by post paper copies of the completed entry form, the Paypal entry fee receipt and the three columns to NSNC 2017 Contest, c/o Cathy Turney, 1769 Sharon Dr., Concord, CA  94519.


    Categories:

    • A. General Interest – Print — Publications Over 50,000 Circulation

    • B. General Interest – Print — Publications Under 50,000 Circulation

    • C. General Interest – Online, Blog and Multimedia Columns — Over 100,000 Monthly Unique Visitors

    • D. General Interest – Online, Blog and Multimedia Columns — Under 100,000 Monthly Unique Visitors

    • E. Humor – Print — Publications Over 50,000 Circulation

    • F. Humor – Print — Publications Under 50,000 Circulation

    • G. Humor – Online, Blog and Multimedia Columns — Over 50,000 Monthly Unique Visitors

    • H. Humor – Online, Blog and Multimedia Columns —Under 50,000 Monthly Unique Visitors

    See below for individual category descriptions and rules.

    CONTACT INFORMATION:

    Email: nsnccontest@gmail.com




    $25.00 - 50.00
    General Interest – Columns on any subject except humor including politics, sports, criticism, hobbies, analysis, reportage etc. “Items” columns, which comprise a series of short takes, are welcome. Columns posted online simultaneously or after print publication are acceptable. Unsigned editorials and the like are NOT acceptable.

    This category is for entries from all printed periodicals, including weeklies, magazines and specialty publications that have a circulation of more 50,000. 

    General Interest – Columns on any subject except humor including politics, sports, criticism, hobbies, analysis, reportage etc. “Items” columns, which comprise a series of short takes, are welcome. Columns posted online simultaneously or after print publication are acceptable. Unsigned editorials and the like are NOT acceptable.

    This category is for entries from all printed periodicals, including weeklies, magazines and specialty publications that have a circulation of more 50,000.