CHICAGO – February 25, 2014 — The Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA), in association with the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), honors the best student journalists, writers and communicators in the state through an annual High School Communications Contest.

This year, the NFPW has converted the contest’s entry system into a quick and easy- to- use online entry system. The link to enter work, which can be uploaded by a teacher or student, is

Students may enter work in one of 20categories: Editorial, Opinion, News Story, Feature Story, Sports Story, Columns, Feature Photo, Sports Photo, Cartooning, Review, Graphics/Photo Illustration, Single-Page Layout, Double-Truck Layout, Environment, Video News Story, Video Feature Story, Video Sports Story, Yearbook Layout, Yearbook Photo and Yearbook Copywriting.

The student’s work must have been completed between March 1, 2013, and February 28, 2014. Entries must be submitted electronically by March 10, 2014. More information is available by emailing or going to the student contest section of

Each state winner of 1st, 2nd, 3rd or Honorable Mention will receive a certificate, with first-place winners going on to compete nationally. IWPA presents the Silver Pen Award to the high school achieving the highest number of points among student contest entrants. The 2014 high school winning the Silver Pen Award will receive $100. State honors are presented during the IWPA Communications Awards Luncheon in May.

Those who place first in the NFPW contest receive $100 cash. National honors are presented during the High School Communications Competition Awards Luncheon at the annual NFPW conference which will be held Sept. 4-6, 2014, during the NFPW conference in Greenville, South Carolina. The 2014 national judges will select from all the 1st place national awards a “best of show.” The school attended by the student who wins this Award of Excellencereceives $500 for the school.

For more information, contact Cecilia Green, contest co-director, at or 630-632-3053.