Better Newspaper Contest

Announcing the 2021-2022 MNA Professional Better Newspaper Contest

The 2021-2022 MNA Better Newspaper Contest is here!

Instructions on entering the MNA Better Newspaper Contest have been mailed. These instructions should assist you as you prepare to enter your work. You’ll also find in that mailing the “Rules and Contest Categories.” Be sure to read each category carefully as you enter to ensure that your work will be judged. All entries must be from work published between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022.  

For your convenience, you can also download an electronic copy of the instructions and rules below:

How to Enter the MNA 2021-2022 Professional Better Newspaper Contest
Rules & Categories for the MNA 2021-2022 Professional Better Newspaper Contest

Our 2021-2022 judges will be from the Kansas Press Association. These judges are working newspaper professionals, journalists and journalism instructors.



– The contest entry period is from September 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022.

All entries must be submitted by Friday, September 30, 2022 at 11:00 p.m. 

– Any hand deliveries must be at the MNA office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2022.

– Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2022.

Some categories require you to submit issues or content published on specific days or weeks. Please check the calendar dates carefully for these categories; you will be disqualified if you don’t use the correct dates.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Niemi: or 612-278-0226. You can also email questions to us at or 612-332-8844.

Laura and the MNA Staff are available to offer BNC Support Mon-Fri from 8:30-5PM only. Please do not expect responses to questions over the weekend…plan accordingly.

Thank You and Good Luck!

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