• March 29Blue Banner, newspaper and website, are due January 15.
  • March 23Golden Dozen deadline is November 15.
  • March 23Best Story Contest entries are due January 15.


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Blue Banner Newspaper Contest

Blue Banner Newspaper entries should be submitted by Jan. 15.

Recognizing overall excellence, the Blue Banner Newspaper Contest will again be a part of SISPA’s Winter Conference.

Schools must be a SISPA member to participate.  The contest fee is covered by your membership dues. For this fee, schools will also receive a completed critique book with an explanation of their score and comments by the judge. The winners will be announced at the Winter Conference during the closing assembly.

Newspapers are judged within three separate division according to school size.

To enter, choose two (2) issues which were printed during the current school year and submit with your Blue Banner Entry Form.

Any questions, contact Dana Donovan at Okawville High School at 618/243-5201 or [email protected].

Awards are provided each year by Balfour Publishing and Walsworth Publishing.