Have you registered for the KPA contests yet? Only 23 can answer ‘yes’ to that question

  • Entry period is October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018

  • Absolute contest entry deadline is Friday, October 19, 2018, at 4:59 p.m. (Eastern)

  • Circulation divisions mostly the same as 2017. Only change is in the Daily Class 1, 2 and 3

  • Categories are the same as 2017

Well, school has started and football season is upon us and that must mean it’s time for you to get ready for the 2018 KPA News and Advertising Contests. It’s mid-August and we’re all set to go. But you can’t go anywhere without first getting registered.

Editors, for the News Contest, and Ad Managers, for the Ad Contest, take note. Registration is required before you do anything so take about 120 seconds and do so.

The entry period is the same for both — all issues published between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018.

The deadline to enter is the same — October 19, 2018. This is not a recording — The deadline to enter is the same — October 19, 2018. That’s a Friday so we’ll not be able to extend the deadline this year.

The circulation divisions are the same for both contests so check out the circulation breaks below. There are changes from previous contests only in the Daily Division, Class 1, 2 and 3.

You can’t do anything without registering and since it only takes a minute, well, take that minute and get it done now. Go to http://newspapercontest.com/Contests/KentuckyPressAssociation.aspx to get registered. Please note. You will be asked to

enter the ASSOCIATION CODE.  It’s simply KYCONTEST and that’s case sensitive.

Read through the categories for the contest you’ll be entering, share the categories with staff and start searching the files for what you want to enter.  Also read the attached 2018 CONTEST basic instructions.pdf.

The deadline to enter is October 19. Put another way the absolute deadline to enter is October 19. We’re giving you two and a half months to get your contest entries read and that is more than sufficient.

The categories are the same but again there have been adjustments in the Daily circulation divisions. The system automatically generates the divisions for Weeklies and Dailies based on the 2017 Statements of Ownership.

When you register — and you want to go ahead and do that the now — it will show what division your newspaper is entered in. If that appears to be wrong, let me know immediately.

The fee remains $7 per entry but there is no longer a $10 per newspaper fee.

Here are the Circulation Divisions that will be applicable to both contests:

Circulation Divisions


Weekly Division: Published One Day Per Week

Class 1: Certified circulation of 2,400 or less

Class 2: Certified circulation of 2,401 to 3,700

Class 3: Certified circulation of 3,701 or Above


Multi-Weekly Division: Published 2 or 3 times per week, regardless of circulation

 Newspapers that were Multi-Weekly for any part of the contest period but have since change their frequency must still enter as a Multi-Weekly for this year’s contest.


Daily Division: Published Four Days Per Week or More

Class 1: Certified circulation of 4,000 or less

Class 2: Certified circulation of 4,000 to 10,000

Class 3: Certified circulation of 10,000 or more


Associate Member Newspaper

For all publications, regardless of circulation and frequency, who have joined as and are designated an Associate Member Newspaper


College/University Student Newspapers

Student publications at Kentucky colleges and universities that have paid current year dues.

College/University Division 1 – Student Enrollment up to 10,000

College/University Division 2 – Student Enrollment of 10,001 and Above


KPA reserves the right to adjust Class circulations depending on number of newspapers entering a specific class.

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