Better Newspaper Contest


Minnesota Newspaper Association Professional Better Newspaper Contest!


BNC Professional contest is now CLOSED!

The 2019-2020 Professional Better Newspaper Contest has now closed.

During the 2019-2020 MNA Better Newspaper Contest, we will be accepting entries from work that was published September 1, 2019 through August 30, 2020.

Michigan Press Association will be the judges for the 2019-2020 contest.


The contest software is available September 1. You can access the website here.


2019 – 2020 Rules and Category is now available to download. (PDF)

2019 -2020 How-To Guide is now available to download. (PDF)



A full view of the 2018-2019 BNC booklet is available below.


MNA College Better Newspaper Contest


The 2019-2020 College Better Newspaper Contest will be open for entries April 8 thru May 31, 2020

During the 2019-2020 MNA College Better Newspaper Contest, we will be accepting entries from colleges beginning in April to better align with the school year. 

The work that can be entered must have been published May 15, 2019 through May 14, 2020.



2019-2020 College Rules and Category information is available here. (PDF)  

2019-2020 College How-To Guide available here. (PDF)


You can find a Gallery of the 2018-2019 MNA College Winners Here.


A BNC Booklet of 2018-2019 winners is posted below.


BNC Winners_2020 – Final by MN Newspaper Assoc. on Scribd



A full list of the 2017-2018 winners is posted below.


MNA BNC Winners 2017-2018 by on Scribd



If you have questions about the Better Newspaper Contests, the MNA staff is prepared to assist you. To reach us, please call the MNA office during business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at (612) 332-8844 | (800) 279-2979 or email

You may also contact LuAnn Yattaw at (612) 278-0235 or