2021 Individual Contest Registration Information


KEMPA offers several individual contest categories in Newspaper, News Magazine, Yearbook, Online Multimedia, Broadcast, and Photography for student work published by member schools in the 2020-21 school year.
This is an opportunity for your 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!

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 attached materials and information 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 emailed to or shared with [email protected] via GoogleDrive. The deadline for submissions is June 18th. 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



Each individual entry costs $3. There is no limit to the number of entries by school or per category, so all students are encouraged to enter. Each individual entry must be listed on the appropriate Google Form registration documents below.

All submissions and payments must be received by June 18, 2020.

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

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 or Services.”

4. The next 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 PayPal payment to [email protected] but send your entries to [email protected] ← TWO different accounts for payment and entries.

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

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

  • your payment (PayPal or Check via mail),
  • your entry files (PDFs and .jpg files shared with [email protected] via Google Folder(s)),
  • and your registration information via Google forms (links below) with very SPECIFIC directions for naming and listing your entry files

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


For each contest:

Broadcast / Video Individual Entry Competition

  1. KEMPA_Broadcast-Video_instructions_2021
  2. Broadcast/ Video Contest REGISTRATION Form

Online Individual Entry Competition

  1. KEMPA_Online_instructions_2021
  2. Online Individual Contest REGISTRATION Form

Yearbook Individual Entry Competition

  1. KEMPA_Yearbook_instructions_2021
  2. Yearbook Individual Contest REGISTRATION Form

Photojournalism Individual Entry Competition

  1. KEMPA_Photojournalism_instructions_2021
  2. Photojournalism Individual Contest REGISTRATION Form

Newspaper / Magazine Individual Entry Competition

  1. KEMPA_Newspaper-Magazine_instructions_2021
  2. Newspaper/ Magazine Individual Contest REGISTRATION Form