Awards of Excellence

EPA's annual contest spans two categories: the Awards of Excellence and Higher Goals.


Click here for the Awards of Excellence list of categories.
Click here for the Awards of Excellence entry instructions and entry portal.


EPA’s Awards of Excellence competition honors overall excellence. Judges in this category review the entire publication in order to evaluate a number of criteria, including writing quality, content choices, imagery, and overall design. Members compete only against publications in their same category.

Each entry receives a completed critique sheet by a professional industry judge with one Award of Excellence granted to the best entry. One or more Awards of Merit may be bestowed on other top entries, at the discretion of the judges and contest officials.

There are two divisions: Print and Digital. Each member publication can enter only the print or digital Awards of Excellence division in which it is a member. Print publication members have the option to hold a dual membership (print and digital) and enter in both the print and digital Awards of Excellence divisions.

Print members

Two consecutive issues must be submitted by mail (this is a change from the three issues required in prior years).

Judging criteria in the print division include: Quality of writing | Variety and balance of content | Journalistic creativity | Design and typography | Use of illustrations/photos

Digital members

The judge will review the online content from submitted URLs. Please double check that all of your links work so the judge has access to your content. Provide login access if your website requires it.

Judging criteria in the digital division include: Quality of writing | Variety and balance of content | Journalistic creativity | Website design/aesthetics | Website usability/navigation/mobile responsiveness