Carry-in to State Convention Competition Guidelines

Since overall and individual critiques category entries are due in December, we want to give you a chance to enter more recent items you have created (or items you forgot to enter) for competition. See carry-in categories below.


Eligibility requirements:


  • Publications must be ASPA members.

  • Adviser and one paying student must have paid to attend the convention.

  • Entries must be turned in by Wednesday Feb 9 by 5 p.m. Email all entries to This email address is for carry-in and on-site competitions only. (Use for all other correspondence.) Please put "Carry in" or "On-Site" in your subject heading, along with your school. If it is not marked it will be sent back to you.

  • Entries will be disqualified if they do not meet the established criteria. We do not have the time to track down students and teachers to verify names, entries, etc.


Entry preparation:


All entries must be from the 2021-2022 school year and must not have been submitted in mail-in competitions (deadline Dec. 17). Broadcast students please send YouTube links or another kind of link. No raw files. Each entry must be emailed to: Each entry must be clearly marked with the student’s name, teacher's name, school, publication and publication type in the body of the email.



Three awards will be given at the close of the Feb. 11 convention for each carry-in contest: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. No honorable mentions will be given unless the judges cite extreme necessity.


Carry-in Categories:


Carry-in Competition participants: Entries are $10 each. Entries must follow the guidelines above.


Carry-in contests will be as follows. Please let us know (when you register for State Convention you will see this) how many carry-in entries you expect to have in each category. This helps us make sure we have enough judges. Carry-in winners will be announced at State Convention Feb. 11. The categories are:


  • Editorial cartoon

  • Illustration

  • Public Service Announcement

  • Broadcast anchor

  • Broadcast human interest/feature story

  • Broadcast news story

  • Broadcast sports story

  • Videography

  • Editing

  • Directing

  • Literary magazine cover

  • Newspaper front page

  • Newspaper center spread

  • Newspaper entertainment page

  • Newspaper feature page

  • Newspaper sports page

  • Newspaper op-ed page

  • Newspaper headline writing

  • Photography portfolio No more than 7 photos, please

  • Yearbook academic spread

  • Yearbook club spread

  • Yearbook people spread

  • Yearbook sports spread

  • Yearbook student life spread