Magazine Contest Rules

  • ENTRY: An entry consists of TWO ISSUES published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, by a magazine that publishes at least quarterly. (Limit of one entry per publication.) Contest is open to magazines produced by OPA business member newspapers only.
    Provide your two issues digitally as PDFs or flipbook format. The files are probably two large for the contest website, so upload your two issues, possibly at a third-party site, such as or, and provide the links at OPA's contest website for judges to review.
  • CONTENT: All articles must have been locally produced by the staff or freelancers.
  • DISTRIBUTION: Magazines may be distributed to your readership by any means.
  • DIVISION: All entries will compete in one division.
  • AWARDS: First, second and third place will be awarded. First place receives a plaque; second and third place winners each receive a certificate.
  • ENTRY FEE: $25 per entry. (Entry fee may be included with Better Newspaper Contest payment.)
  • JUDGING CRITERIA: Judges will consider quality of writing, editing, design, photography, advertising, creativity and overall effectiveness.
  • ENTRY DEADLINE: February 3, 2020

Enter online at:

When submitting an entry, the Division is “Special Awards” 
and category is “Magazine Contest." 
Provide your two issues digitally as PDFs or in flipbook format. 
Provide the links in your entry at OPA's contest website for judges to review.

QUESTIONS: For clarification of contest rules,contact Lisa Sutliff or Jennifer Gilliland at
(405) 499-0020, 1-888-815-2672 (toll-free in Oklahoma) or email