NO Medalist Critique.
30 free Gold Circle entries
HYBRID – print publication that provides live coverage via website between print editions. Can include expanded content for stories already covered in print. Could also include updates or completely new coverage via website. (Hybrid members receive 60 Gold Circle entries.)
DIGITAL – Online news reporting only; no print component. If a print edition co-exists with the digital news site, then it’s a hybrid publication.
PRINT - News reporting in print only; no digital (online) component. If a digital edition co-exists with the print component, then it’s a hybrid publication.
Only CSPA members can enter our contests.
Questions about membership
How can I apply for CSPA Membership?
Click the "Join CSPA" button above. Please note that with the launch of our new online membership site, we have retired the use of hard copy and PDF membership forms. No hard copy or PDF forms will be available for download or submission.
Why is the newspaper & magazine postmark deadline (June 11th) earlier than the yearbook and digital media postmark deadline (October 1st)?
To permit timely returns of Medalist critiques, it is essential to have all newspapers and magazines submitted in June. We have more adviser-judges available to complete an evaluation at this time. The sooner we receive your publication, the sooner we can get it to an adviser-judge.
Despite the October 1st deadline, we encourage yearbooks to submit their edition as soon as they are printed. Late summer and fall delivery yearbooks have until October 1st to send in their publications.
How do we get our publication evaluated by the CSPA?
Only Regular Members receive a written evaluation (critique) of their publication. Newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and Web sites should complete the Membership Form and send it to us as soon as possible.
When does my CSPA membership expire?
All CSPA memberships run from July 1st of the current membership year until June 30th of the following year, regardless of what time of year you submitted your publication for membership.
If we don't want an evaluation/critique this year, can we still be CSPA members?
Associate and Basic Members are CSPA members, yet neither receive a written evaluation/critique of their publication and/or Web site.
Associate Members receive membership in CSPA, entry into the Crown Awards, 30 free Gold Circle entries and access to the Special Edition Crown Awards slideshow.
Basic Members receive membership in CSPA, 30 free Gold Circle entries and access to the Special Edition Crown Awards slideshow.
Hybrid members at either level receive 60 Gold Circle entries.