2023 Individual Contest Registration Is Open!!


Enter your work today for our yearly KEMPA individual contest! Submissions are due by June 16th, 2023.

KEMPA offers several individual contest categories in News-Print & Online, Yearbook, Broadcast, and Photography for student work published by member schools in the 2022-23 school year. Links for specific instructions and registration are listed below. 

We updated several of our categories last year, so please take note of these categories. This contest is an opportunity for students to enter their individual work to compete against other student journalists as writers, photographers, designers, and multimedia journalists.

This contest does not replace KEMPA’s yearly critique and competition for your overall publication, however, so please be sure to enter your publication for a chance to earn a separate award for your publication as a whole! You must be a KEMPA member to submit entries. Not a member? No problem! Here’s the link below to get started. We are so excited to add your publication as a KEMPA member so we can offer you all the support and resources that KEMPA membership includes.  Join KEMPA today! Have questions? Please reach out, and we’ll happily help you through the quick process.  https://kempajournalism.org/membership-form/

Unlike other mail-in competitions, KEMPA’s contest is entirely online and welcomes each school to enter an unlimited number of individual entries. We don’t want any students left out!

Student entries will be judged by impartial, qualified, out-of-state experts in scholastic journalism; no KEMPA members will act as judges in this competition.

Judges will choose Best Of Show, Superior, Excellent, and Honorable Mention winners for each category. Winners will be announced at the annual KEMPA Fall Scholastic Journalism Conference in October and winning work will be published at www.kempajournalism.org/ so all students can learn from and use the winning products as models.

Please read the materials and information below carefully! Specific instructions regarding deadlines, categories, and how to submit each entry are provided on each individual category form (links below).

These guidelines must be followed correctly; submissions failing to follow the rules will be disqualified. This is an entirely online contest; we will not accept physical tearsheets or printouts of student work.

Entries must be uploaded to the Google entry form. The deadline for submissions is June 16th. Please refer to the specific entry directions listed for each category. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact KEMPA.

We hope your students and your publication will take advantage of this opportunity and wish you the best of luck in the competition!


Michelle Corbett, KEMPA Individual Contests Chair

KEMPA Individual Contest Instructions 2023

2023 KEMPA Individual Contest Registration Form



Each individual entry costs $5. There is no limit to the number of entries by school or by category, so all students are encouraged to enter. Each individual entry must be listed on the appropriate Google Form registration and documents below.

All submissions and payments must be received by June 16, 2023.


TO PAY BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER:  Make payment payable to KEMPA and mail to:

Michelle Corbett
6245 95th Ave.
Kenosha, WI


TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD: Go to Paypal.com and

  1. Log in to your Paypal account (or set up an account)
  2. Click on the “Pay or Send Money” icon
  3. You will be prompted with two options; choose “Pay for Goods and Services.”
  4. The screen will ask you for an email or mobile. Input this email address: [email protected] and the amount of your payment. Please note: you will send your payments to [email protected], but all entries must be submitted through the Google sheet.

IMPORTANT: After you submit there is an optional field for comments or notes. Please write your name, school, and that you are paying for Individual Contest Entries.


Reminder: Please review your school’s registration, payment, and files shared before sending /submitting these parts for the contest:

  • Your payment (Check via mail OR Paypal)
  • and your registration information via Google forms (linked above) with very specific directions for naming and listing your entry files.

Advisers: Please make sure your registration information matches the file names and payment you submit.

Good luck, and have fun!!