Category: Column Contest

News about the NSNC annual column-writing contest

Finalists in 2014 Columnist Contest

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One long wait is over, the judges for the 2014 annual column contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists have selected finalists. Each contestant submitted three columns or blog posts that were published in calendar year 2013. The actual third-, second- and first-place order will be announced after a somewhat briefer wait, for the…

Tips on Contest Entries

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This column originally was published in the March 2014 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. By Bill Ervolino Contest Chair National Society of Newspaper Columnists Contest deadlines are looming — and NSNC’s has been extended to April 1, thank goodness — and I know that, any day now,…

Column Contest Calling Your Name, or Could Be

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This column originally was published in the February 2014 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. By Bill Ervolino Contest Chair National Society of Newspaper Columnists Alas, it’s too late to enter most of those other competitions. The Grammys and Golden Globes are over and done with, and…

2014 Column Contest Opens

The well-regarded annual contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists is open! We’ll have further announcements later in the winter, mainly to serve as reminders to get your three samples per category over to NSNC headquarters, but know that our deadline this year is: Saturday, March 15, midnight Pacific Update: Deadline extended to Tuesday,…

Columns of 1st-Place Winners, 2013

Top of an NSNC winning column for 2013 by Tom Rademacher of the Grand Rapids Press.

With the 2014 column contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists now open — see 2014 Contest Rules for details — writers interested in submitting three pieces they published or posted in 2013 might find it helpful to see what the previous winners did. Following are PDFs or links to the winning columns of…

2014 Column Contest Rules

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These are the rules for the 2014 column contest, covering columns published in the 2013 calendar year. First place in each category will receive $300, second place $200 and third place $100, in addition to certificates suitable for framing. Honorable mentions receive certificates. Deadline for entries is Saturday, March 15, 2014, midnight Pacific. Update: Deadline…

Payment for 2014 Column Contest

Contest Entries Pile Up

Entering the 2014 NSNC Column Contest requires two steps: Completing the entry form and payment. Each has convenient options. The 2014 Contest Entry Form is available in two versions — PDF or Word (2014 Contest Entry Form PDF / 2014 Contest Entry Form MS Word) — which you can print, fill out and postal-mail to…

One Last Time for Ebert: 2013 Column Contest Winners

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Chicago’s late movie critic-cum-blogger Roger Ebert has hit one last national writing contest ball out of the park. The longtime Chicago Sun-Times writer, who died of complications of cancer last April at age 70, won first place for online columns or blogs on large websites in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists…

2013 Column Contest Finalists Announced

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First-time Contestants, Previous Winners, Even the Late Roger Ebert Among This Year’s Celebrated Columnists, Bloggers By Mike Deupree NSNC Column Contest Chair The 2013 writing contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists is in the books. The judges in each of the six categories have pondered, mulled, evaluated, assessed, contemplated, pored over, considered, consulted…

Contest Tock: Ticking Off

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By Mike Deupree NSNC Contest Chair You know that terrible feeling of impending doom, the barely suppressed panic, the sweaty palms, the sleepless nights, when you haven’t yet met a deadline? Well, for heaven’s sake, why go through that when all you have to do to avoid it is get your entries submitted for the…

Contesting a Foolish Worry

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President’s Message By Eric Heyl President National Society of Newspaper Columnists In retrospect, the email’s timing could have been better. I don’t recall much about the day except a random check of my inbox that proved startling. It was a communique from Sheila Stroup, a columnist from the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, whom I didn’t…

2013 Column Contest Is Open!

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By Mike Deupree NSNC Contest Chair Remember those columns or blogs you wrote during 2012 that produced all the letters, e-mails, texts messages and telephone calls? The ones that caused readers to say that you had changed their lives, or to threaten that they would change yours? Those sound like possible winners in the annual…

2013 Column Contest Rules

Thomas Jefferson's portable desk. Yes, the one on which he wrote the Declaration of Independence. From the Smithsonian.

These are the rules for the 2013 column contest, covering columns published in the 2012 calendar year. (This can stand as a template for revisions in 2014!) First place in each category will receive $300, second place $200 and third place $100, in addition to certificates suitable for framing. Honorable mentions receive certificates. Deadline for…

Conference Moves to Hartford; Astor New Vice President

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The board of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists voted unanimously at its Sept. 10, 2012, online chatroom meeting to move its 2013 conference from St. Petersburg, Fla., to Hartford, Conn. The weekend for the convention remains the same, June 27-30, and humor columnist Dave Barry still is to be there to accept the year’s…

Columns of 2012 Contest Winners

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Following are PDFs or links to the winning columns of the six 2012 first-place winners in the annual contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Each entrant was required to submit three columns originally published in 2011. Category A. General Interest (print) over 50,000 circulation — Gendy Alimurung, LA Weekly. The headlines in this…

2012 NSNC Column Contest Winners; Now with Judges’ Comments

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MACON, Ga., May 7, 2012 — Winners of the annual writing contest of the 2012 National Society of Newspaper Columnists were announced Saturday, May 5, at the NSNC’s 36th annual conference, held this year in Macon. Columnists early this year were invited to submit three works originally published in print or online newspapers, magazines* or…

Contest Finalists for 2012

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By Mike Deupree NSNC Contest Chair The annual writing contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists is over. The judges have labored long and hard. The decisions have been made. And the winners are … Going to be announced in about a month. The suspense won’t end until the awards banquet Saturday, May 5,…