Step 1 — Acquire your Association Code from MPA. Register on the contest website using your email address. You will receive a confirmation email, which you will need to complete registration. Use the link above to register.
Step 2 — Login here (or use the link above). You will see a page showing any entries you have already submitted. Complete rules are available above (click Contest Rules). Some browsers, such as Safari, will open the rules in a new window; others will require you to download the PDF file to your computer.
Step 3 — Click on the “Add New Entry” link.
Step 4 — On this page, select your newspaper name. A lot of information will autofill. If that information is incorrect, please contact Maine Press Association at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your Division has been pre-selected based on your circulation. Fill in the preparer’s name.
Step 5 - Select Contest Type – Example: Writing, Online, etc.
Step 6 — For entries requiring an accompanying statement or to include additional information for the judges, you can use the Explanation/Cutline box (limited to 3,000 characters).
Step 7 — Include the name of the entry. If uploading full-page PDF files, it will be helpful if the entry name matches the headline on the page so the judges can find it easily.
Step 8 — Include the name of the person or people who should be credited for any award. This is generally the writer, reporter, photographer, graphic artist, cartoonist, etc. It is not necessarily the name of the person submitting the entry.
Step 9 — Add your file or files if necessary. You can drag and drop files or use the “Add files” button to navigate your files. Generally, files should be in PDF format except photos, which should be in high-resolution JPG format. Other files and URLs may be acceptable as noted in the special instructions. Upload as many files as are necessary to complete your entry but refer to the special instructions for any limitations.
Step 10 — When you have completed your submission, click the “Save” button. If you click the “Back to list” button, you will lose the entry you just completed. After clicking “Save,” you will be directed back to the list of your entries.
Step 11 — To submit another entry, click “Add New Entry.” As long as you have not logged out of the system, your newspaper name will still be in place and you can simply start at Step 6 again. You may log out and log back in later to continue adding entries. You will need to select your newspaper name each time you log in.
Step 12 — If you are done submitting entries, please review the list. You may not change an entry, but you may delete an entry and resubmit it.