Competitions - Club & Council


PSA Club, Council & Chapter Newsletter Contest

PSA Club, Council,
& Chapter Newsletter
Contest Director

‚úČ Pat Gordy, APSA·    

Entries Accepted: Beginning March 1
Entry Deadline: June 1

PSA-member clubs, councils, and PSA Chapters with an electronic or printed newsletter of one page or more, published two times a year or more, is invited to participate in the PSA Club, Council, & Chapter Newsletter Contest. There is no fee.



Results from Previous Club Newsletter Competitions


Entry

Entries will be submitted electronically. One of the regular newsletter issues published after June 1 of the previous year may be entered. Annual or special issues, yearly program schedules, rosters, directories, exhibition catalogs, or newsletters published once a year do not qualify.

Printed newsletters must be submitted as pdf files and HTML newsletters must be submitted with a link to the HTML file. All entries are completed by submitting the Online Entry Form. 

» Newsletter Contest Entry Form - » March 1 - June 1, Newsletter contest will open on March 1 with entry link from this page.


 Groups

There are three entry groups: Small Club (75 or fewer), Large Club (more than 75), and Council or Chapter 


Resources

Please read How to Produce a Great Newsletter (pdf) for tips on newsletter production and design.


Judging

Two sets of three qualified judges independently review the groups' entries. The Council & Chapter's group is judged using a different worksheet than the Clubs. Awards are determined based on these ratings. The size of the newsletter, the use of color, and whether or not advertisements are used, have no bearing on the awards. Content, layout, good use of space and photos, neatness, ease in reading, simplicity, and style are of basic importance. The Judges Worksheets below list the specific criteria used.

  • Judge's Worksheet: Clubs  document (Word Doc)
  • Judge's Worksheet: Councils & Chapters  document (Word Doc)

Results

The First, Second, and Third place Awards receive plaques and the Honorable Mentions receive ribbons. Other Awards for Outstanding Achievement in various categories (e.g., Best Calendar Presentation, Newsletter with Best Motivational Focus, Exceptional Articles) receive certificates. All clubs, councils, Chapters (and other PSA entities that enter) receive copies of the three judges' worksheets and commentaries. The judges' commentaries are a valuable aspect of the contest as they indicate the good points of the newsletter and provide useful suggestions for improvement.

The Arthur P. Henricks, Jr., Memorial Award (the Best of the Best) and the Director's Choice Award are selected. These awards are presented at the Newsletter Contest Program at the PSA Annual Conference. All awards not presented at the Conference are forwarded by mail to the winning organizations with the judges' commentaries. All entered and judged newsletters are displayed on a monitor in the Print Room during the Annual Conference. Announcement of all awards are made before the conference.

Questions?
Please contact the Newsletter Contest Chair.


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For those who do not have a Model Release, Sample Model Release Form - doc