Better Newspaper Contest 2017


» Upload entries at

» Download step-by-step instruction guide of how to upload entries (PDF)

» View categories 

» Download all contest rules, categories and more (PDF)



There are lots of changes in the 2017 OPA Better Newspaper Contest. Most entries will be judged online as full-page digital tearsheets in PDF format. To submit contest entries, go to All entries must be submitted by Monday, February 12, 2018. Entry materials that must be mailed (Categories 1, 2 and 3) must also be postmarked by the February 12 deadline.

This year, 20 categories offer an opportunity for newspapers and staff members to be honored. Contest rules, categories and tips for uploading entries are available to download in PDF format. If you have questions, e-mail Lisa Sutliff or Jennifer Gilliland or call (405) 499-0020 or 1-888-815-2672 (toll-free in Oklahoma).

ENTRY FEE AND PAYMENT: The entry fee is $10 per entry in each category. Entry fees must be paid at the conclusion of entry submission by any of these three options:

  1. Pay online with a credit card or debit card via Paypal (you do not need a PayPal account to pay).
  2. Call OPA at 405-499-0026 to provide credit card over the phone, or
  3. Mail a check to OPA, 3601 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

CONTEST PERIOD: The 2017 OPA Better Newspaper Contest period is from January 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017. 

DIVISIONS: There are 9 divisions – 8 for OPA Business Membership Newspapers and 1 for college newspapers.
Divisions 1-8 are determined by newspaper circulation and frequency shown on the October 2017 U.S. Postal Service statement of total paid circulation (PS Form 3526, line 15C) plus the number of paid electronic subscriptions.
Following are the nine divisions:

  • DIVISION 1 – Daily newspapers with circulation of more than 6,500.
  • DIVISION 2 – Daily newspapers with circulation between 3,500 and 6,500
  • DIVISION 3 – Daily newspapers with circulation of less than 3,500.
  • DIVISION 4 – Weekly newspapers with circulation of more than 2,000.
  • DIVISION 5 – Weekly newspapers with circulation between 1,400 and 2,000.
  • DIVISION 6 – Weekly newspapers with circulation between 850 and 1,399.
  • DIVISION 7 – Weekly newspapers with circulation of less than 850.
  • DIVISION 8 – Semi-, Twin and Tri-Weekly Newspapers
  • DIVISION 9 – College Newspapers

AWARDS: Every category will have first through third place winners. All winners will be announced on Saturday, June 16, 2018, during the annual OPA Convention at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

CATEGORIES: Categories 1 through 9 are limited to one entry per newspaper and awards are presented to the newspaper. Categories 10 through 20 allow for more than one entry per newspaper. For a complete list of contest categories, click here

Previous Contest Results

Contact Information

3601 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

(405) 499-0020
(888) 815-2672

Toll-Free in OK