Better Newspaper Contest

Announcing the 2021-2022 MNA College Better Newspaper Contest

Download the 2021-2022 MNA College BNC Rules, Guidelines, Categories and FAQ here. 

General Purpose of the Contest
One of the reasons for MNA’s existence, as laid down in the association’s Articles of Incorporation (Art. III) is: “To secure improved standards in the practice and the profession of journalism.” The purpose of this annual contest, therefore, is to recognize excellence in the various aspects of college newspaper journalism so that the practice and profession of journalism by future newspaper professionals in Minnesota may be advanced. 

Who May Enter
Any college publication in Minnesota is eligible to enter this contest. Some awards are given to the publication as a whole; others are given to individual staff members. If you are not on the list of colleges displayed in the contest system, please contact Laura Niemi by phone (612-278-0226) or email ( 

Publication Time Period
Any content published from May 15, 2021 through May 14, 2022 is eligible for this contest. 

*** Deadline – Tuesday, May 31, 2022 ***
All entries must be uploaded to the online system by 11:00 p.m. May 31. Categories that require mailed entries must be postmarked on or before May 31. Entries postmarked later then May 31 will not be accepted. Hand deliveries must be made to the MNA office by 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 31.

Submitting Contest Entries
To submit contest entries, please visit: 

Newspaper professionals will judge your work, which includes working newspaper professionals, journalists and journalism instructors. Judges will be directed to award a first, second, and third place in all categories where merited. 

Awards will be presented at the 156th Annual MNA Convention, January 26-27, 2023, at the Marriott Minneapolis Northwest. Winners will be notified by letter from the MNA office. We will ask all winners not to publicize the fact, but to wait until the January convention to do so. 

How to Enter
First, read the rules and accompanying submission instructions! We have tried to make them clear. Judges will be instructed to give weight, in case of a tie, to the entry which most closely follows instructions. Failure to comply with instructions will be grounds for elimination from the contest. 

Questions and Assistance
If you have questions about the MNA College 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 Laura Niemi directly at

Thank You and Good Luck!

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