Attention Designers: The 2020 Directory Cover Design Contest is now open!

Attention Designers: The 2020 Directory Cover Design Contest is now open!

MNA is delighted to announce a cover design contest for our 2020 MN Newspaper Directory. The winner will have their design featured on the front cover of the Newspaper Directory, to be  printed this coming February.

The winner’s design will be featured on the cover with credits on the Table of Contents page AND they will receive free registration to the upcoming 2020 MNA Annual Newspaper Convention, this January 30-31 at its new location in Brooklyn Park, MN. Other finalists’ designs will be featured inside the Directory.

The contest is open to all designers employed by current MNA Member Newspapers. Designers are welcome to submit more than one entry.

The submission deadline for entries has been extended to November 22.


  • Submitted entries should consist of one (1) page that is 8.245”w and 10.75”h with a bleed of 0.25” on all sides.
  • Cover entries should contain the following text and images:
  • Include a photo or series of photos that highlights our great state! Reproduction right(s) must be owned by the newspaper and/or its staff photographers. Stock commercial artwork that the newspaper owns reproduction rights to is accepted. No clip art please.
  • CMYK color with fonts embedded & subset – Type 1 or OpenType preferred.
  • Submitted file should be a high-resolution PDF.
  • All entries must be submitted via email to

NOTE: Winners will be asked to complete a consent to publish form and review a draft of the Directory page containing their credits to ensure all information is correct.

Please contact Cynthia at or 612.278.0232 with any questions you might have.

We look forward to seeing your entries! Good luck!