- Select your publication title from the drop-down box under “Select Media Organization.” (Look for your publication title and not your organization’s name.) If you’re not listed, call 1-888-311-1731 or email an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Contestant Manager is the default selection and represents you, the person managing your entries. DO NOT change this to Authorized Entrant unless you have been set up by your publication’s Contestant Manager as an additional Authorized Entrant (this is very rare).
- Enter your Better Newspaper Contest password. This is NOT the same as your EPA website password.
FIRST-TIME USERS: If this is your first time to use the Better Newspaper Contest site, log in using the default password “bnc,” then see step 4.
RETURN USERS: Log in using the same password you used last year and skip step 4. If you have lost track of that password, try “bnc”. If that does not work, then choose “Forgot Password” for it to be emailed to the address on the account. If that fails, or you are not the same person who submitted your publication's entries last year, or you no longer have access to the email on the account, call 1-888-311-1731 or email email@example.com to reset the account.
- If you logged in using the default “bnc” password, you’ll likely be asked to create a new password. After that, you will be able to submit one or two entries, then the site will close and an email will be sent to the address you used to log in. You will need to click on the link in that email to continue. This is a security feature of the website.
- From the “Manage Entries” page, select “Submit Entry.”
- Division & Category — Choose the appropriate contest Division (print or digital) and Category (youth, missions, etc.). Be sure to read any notes in yellow about the submission requirements.
If you have a question about your contest category, call 1-888-311-1731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for a list of Awards of Excellence categories.
You may enter no more than once in each Division, except print members may also enter the Most Improved Category. If you hold both print and digital memberships, you will repeat this process for each entry.
- Headline/Title of Entry — This should be your publication name.
- Attachments, Links, and Hard Copies
To upload digital file attachments, click Browse, navigate to the desired file, select Open, and click Upload.
1) Print members: Upload a JPG or PNG image of one cover for use in the awards presentation and on certificates if it is a winner.
1) Digital members: Upload a JPG or PNG of a screenshot of your home page for use in the awards presentation and on certificates if it is a winner.
2) Digital members: Enter complete URL(s) in the provided URL field(s). In most cases this will be your primary URL. Make sure the content will be accessible online throughout the contest and judging process.
IMPORTANT: Please ensure that items are not behind a paywall or a password-protected area. If they are, you must provide username/password info in the Comments section of your entry. (Judges and contest officials will not create an account or download special software to access the content.) Judges may disqualify an entry without a refund if samples are inaccessible.
- Comments, Credits, and Other Info — Add brief notes you feel may be helpful for the judge in the Comments box. This is also where you can enter login information for the judge, if required.
Use the name fields to credit up to six of those responsible for the entry content.
- Click “Submit Entry.”
- For each entry that requires two hard copies to be mailed (all print entries), print the label (which automatically appears after each entry is submitted), put your publications into a folder and attach the label to the outside of the folder. Hard copy entries must arrive in Nashville, TN by January 18, 2022. We strongly encourage the use of guaranteed service with tracking.
ATTN: EPA Contest | Danny Conn
114 Bush Road
Nashville, TN 37217
- Go to “Manage Entries” to view, edit, or delete entries and to submit additional entries.
- Payment for Entries — When you have completed all entries, you can calculate your total entry fees using the “Calculate Entry Fee” link available on the upper right-hand side of the “Manage entries” page. The cost is $50 for each Awards of Excellence entry.
That page includes a link that says, “Click to enter payment information,” which will open a new payment page on the EPA website where you can make a secure credit card payment. You will need to enter the amount directly into the payment page—it will not be entered automatically.
For your convenience, you may combine the payments for the Awards of Excellence and Higher Goals contests. You may also combine payments for the entries from more than one publication, but you must clearly itemize each publication and their respective number of Higher Goals entries and Awards of Excellence entries in the description box on the payment page.
If you prefer to pay by check…
Send payment to:
Evangelical Press Association
P.O. Box 1787
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
- You can authorize other people to make entries. For more detailed instructions, follow this link: http://betterbncsupport.com/images/ContestantManager_Instructions_4_3.pdf
- For details about the contests and categories, check the sidebar menu.
- Do you have questions regarding the entry process, login/password issues, membership status, Awards of Excellence categories, payment or any general question? Just call or email. For immediate assistance, try calling first.