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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not the holiday season, but ASPA competition season.

This year, we encourage digital submissions if possible (excluding yearbooks unless a PDF of yearbook is available). To submit digitally, begin by creating a Google Drive account. Google Drive accounts are free and user-friendly.

1. Once you’ve created an account, create a “[School Name] Submissions [Year]” folder in your account. This is where all your files will go.

2. Now you’re ready to stock your Submissions folder with all the files you plan to enter. DO NOT use subfolders. Your files will automatically sort alphabetically by the category codes in the file name. FILE NAMES – All file names should follow the same format: CategoryName_School_StudentName. If submitting multiple entries from the same student in the same category, tack on a 1, 2 or 3 at the end of the filename. FILE TYPES – Submit all entries as individual PDFs. Please crop pages down to only the elements being judged in that category.

3. Include one PDF with a composite list of entries, ordered by category with a total file count. This list helps us ensure all submissions were received.

4. Once all your files are in your submissions folder, simply share that folder with The office will download the files as soon as they are uploaded, and advisers will get an email confirming the submissions have been received.

See the “Overall Contest and Critiques” page for categories.

Information on the Carry-In Competitions can be found under the Carry-In Guidelines and Categories tab. 

Critiques are free with membership. The cost of membership is $25. Please, include your completed membership form in the folder.


Submit PDFs of at least 3 issues of your publication from Jan. 2022-present using the following naming f format (Ex. Newspaper_SCHOOLNAME; Newspaper_SCHOOLNAME(2); Newspaper_SCHOOLNAME(3))


Submit the 2021-2023 yearbook. When submitting digitally use the following naming format: (EX: YBK_SCHOOLNAME). If not submitting digitally, mail yearbook to:

Dr. Dianne Bragg

Alabama Scholastic Press Association

Box 870172, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0172

Literary Magazine:

Submit a PDF of the 2021-2022 literary magazine using the following naming format (EX: LITMAG_SCHOOLNAME). If not submitting digitally, mail the literary magazine to:

Dr. Dianne Bragg

Alabama Scholastic Press Association

Box 870172, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0172


Submit a PDF with links to up to 20 minutes of your best whole broadcasts from the current school year using the following naming format (Ex: Broadcast_SCHOOLNAME). This might be only 1-2 weekly shows, but might be 4-5 daily shows. Whatever works for your program. Either way: whole shows, no more than 20 minutes total.


Submit a PDF of the link using the following naming format (Ex. WEB_SCHOOLNAME).

Deadlines for submitting publications and individual entries is Jan. 9

· Bailey Thomson Award for Editorial Writing

· Rick Bragg Award for Feature Writing

· Alabama Broadcasting Association

· Alabama Journalist of the Year Award

To apply, candidates should create an online portfolio (i.e. a website) showcasing/explaining examples of their best work: 

• Applicants must be a senior of an ASPA member publication. There is no cap on the number of candidates per school.

• Portfolios should be cumulative of the candidate’s scholastic journalism career and should showcase areas where the candidate excels and/or how they have progressed over their time as a student journalist.

• There are no minimum or maximum limits on examples, however students should endeavor to show judges only their very best work. Samples may be written, linked or embedded on the site. Broadcast/video samples should be no longer than 15 minutes in length.

• Candidates may use any available web platform to create their site. Popular choices include WordPress, Wix, Adobe Spark, Google Sites, etc. The important thing is that the portfolio be online and shareable via hyperlink.

• The design/concept of the portfolio site is entirely up to the candidate, but attractiveness & ease of navigation do factor into judging.

• Whatever the site’s theme/design, work samples should be organized onto separate pages/tabs using the following categories:

• Some pieces may be cross-listed (ex: a sports story might go under writing, but also sports journalism). Candidates are NOT required to submit examples in all 12 categories (however the more areas in which a candidate excels, the better). Judges will consider both depth and breadth of skills in their evaluations. To submit, simply send us a PDF link to the candidate’s portfolio using the file name format: ASPASENIOR_School_StudentName

Deadlines for submitting publications and individual entries is Jan. 9

All files should be submitted in one PDF using the following naming format: (Ex. ADVISER_SCHOOLNAME) or (ADMIN_SchoolName)

Deadlines for submitting Adviser and Admin of the Year entries is Jan. 9


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