Missouri College Media Association (MCMA)

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

This website is the official online contest manager for MCMA contest entries. The awards honor the best work published by college newspapers, yearbooks and websites across Missouri in calendar year 2018.


Each MCMA member school will pay annual dues of $100. These dues entitle your school’s publications to enter all categories for which they are eligible. Schools can pay by check or credit card. Make checks payable to MCMA and mail to: MCMA Dues, Missouri Press Association, 802 Locust St., Columbia, MO 65201-4888. Payments may also be made with a credit card by phone: 573-449-4167. The money will be deposited into the MCMA checking account. That money is used to pay MCMA's bills. Missouri Press Association holds MCMA's account, and all billing and payment questions can be directed to Marcie Elfrink (573-449-4167, Ext. 300, melfirnk@socket.net).


For the newspaper divisions, all entries must have been published (in print or online) from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2018. For the yearbook division, all entries must have been published in books delivered in 2018, whether spring or fall delivery. 

How to Submit

For print publications, all entries must be submitted as full-page PDFs. For online-only publications, entries must be submitted as URL addresses.

IMPORTANT: Use only one account to submit all of your entries within a given division (newspaper or yearbook). This is an important step that will allow MCMA to enforce the limit of 35 entries per publication in the newspaper divisions and 20 entries per publication in the yearbook division.

Contest Divisions

MCMA offers contests in seven divisions:

·       Of the Year (OTY)

·       Advertising (AD)

·       Yearbook (YB)

·       Newspaper Division 1 (NP-D1) (the largest four-year schools)

·       Newspaper Division 2 (NP-D2) (the mid-sized four-year schools)

·       Newspaper Division 3 (NP-D3) (the smallest four-year schools)

·       Newspaper Division 4 (NP-D4) (the two-year schools)

Of the Year (OTY)

These three categories are open to all MCMA members. See the category descriptions below for details. 

The categories are Adviser of the Year, Journalist of the Year and Photojournalist of the Year. The judges will review the application materials online and narrow the field to finalists, who will then be interviewed on-site at the MCMA Convention in Springfield on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

ENTRY LIMITS: See the category descriptions for a full explanation. In short, each school is limited to one OTY entry per category per publication.

Advertising (AD)

Beginning with the 2015-2016 contest, the old “Advertising” category has been moved out of the newspaper divisions and into its own division for all schools. Also, a new category has been added: Campus Engagement/Promotions.

ENTRY LIMITS: Each school is limited to three entries per category in the AD division.

Yearbook (YB)

Yearbook Division categories will be submitted online in seven of the eight categories. Only the submissions for Overall Theme Development will be mailed. See the category descriptions for details.

ENTRY LIMITS: There is no limit on the number of entries in each category, but each school may enter no more than 20 total items across the eight YB categories, including the Overall Theme Development category.

Newspaper Divisions (NP-D1, NP-D2, NP-D3, NP-D4)

Each newspaper division includes 25 categories, plus the Best Overall Newspaper category. Read below to find your school’s division assignment. Online-only newspapers may participate in applicable categories.

Entries in all newspaper categories will be submitted online, including the Best Overall Newspaper category. No newspaper entries are mailed.

ENTRY LIMITS: Each school may enter no more than three entries per category and no more than 35 total entries across the 25 newspaper categories. The Best Overall Newspaper category is a “bonus entry” and DOES NOT COUNT against the 35-entry limit.

Newspaper Sweepstakes

Within each newspaper division, points will be earned for each award won by each school (4 points for first place, 3 points for second place, 2 points for third place, 1 point for honorable mention). The school that accumulates the most points in each division will win that division’s sweepstakes.

Best in State

After the Best Overall Newspaper category winners have been determined for each of the four newspaper divisions, a judge will select the Best in State from among the divisional winners. The Best in State winner will possess the Avis Meyer Perpetual Cup for one year.


For questions about the guidelines or contest, contact MCMA liaison Jack Dimond at JackDimond@MissouriState.edu. Phone: 417-836-8467.

MCMA Convention

The annual convention, at which awards will be presented, will be Saturday, April 13, on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield, Missouri. The convention also features informative breakout sessions conducted by professionals, a banquet meal, and a keynote speaker. Additional information about the convention, including fees for the convention, will be provided later.


For updates on the contest and the convention, “like” the MCMA Facebook page.

Update Your School’s Contact Information

Send an email to JackDimond@MissouriState.edu to make sure MCMA has up-to-date contact information for your school.

Newspaper Division 1 (NP-D1) (the largest four-year schools)

·       University of Missouri-Columbia 

·       Missouri State University

·       University of Missouri-St. Louis 

·       University of Central Missouri

·       University of Missouri-Kansas City

·       Saint Louis University

·       Lindenwood University

·       Washington University in St. Louis

·       Southeast Missouri State University

Newspaper Division 2 (NP-D2) (the mid-sized four-year schools)

·       Truman State University  

·       Northwest Missouri State University    

·       Missouri Western State University    

·       Missouri Southern State University    

·       Drury University     

·       Webster University   

·       Maryville University

Newspaper Division 3 (NP-D3) (the smallest four-year schools)

·       Evangel University 

·       Southwest Baptist University  

·       Park University 

·       Harris-Stowe State University  

·       Avila University        

·       Fontbonne University    

·       William Jewell College  

·       Hannibal-Lagrange University     

·       Stephens College       

·       Culver-Stockton College 

·       Missouri Valley College

Newspaper Division 4 (NP-D4) (the two-year schools)

·       Cottey College 

·       Crowder College 

·       St. Charles Community College 

·       St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley

·       St. Louis Community College-Forest Park 

·       St. Louis Community College-Meramec

MCMA is not responsible for user error in submitting online. Please read instructions carefully and review online submissions.

Missouri College Media Association (MCMA)