School of Communication

Awards and Competitions

Start with a few good ideas, add some hard work and you could end up in San Francisco, New York City or even Cedar Rapids, Iowa, attending a communications festival or competing for a national award.

School of Communications students regularly participate in annual competitions related to their fields of study — in some cases competing for cash prizes. Below is a list of the contests, competitions and festivials available. Students should review the criteria and application requirements for each of the awards.

Contests, Competitions & Festivals for Student Entry


Open to All Majors

Photographer’s Forum Magazine
http://pfmagazine.com/photography-contests/
(Hosts a yearly college photo contest with a final deadline in December; magazine's spring contest is open to all amateur photographers.)

Envision Kindness Student Photography & Film Contest
http://www.envisionkindness.org/programs
Deadline in April

AEJMC Creative Projects Competition
http://student.elon.edu/bhannam/AEJMC/
Deadline in April

AEJMC Best of the Web Competition
http://student.elon.edu/bwalsh5/bow
Deadline in April


Journalism

Hearst Journalism Awards Program
http://www.hearstfdn.org/hearst_journalism/index.php
Deadlines vary based on competition, but runs November-April

Society of Professional Journalists Mark or Excellence Awards
http://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp
Deadline in January

Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker and Individual Awards
http://studentpress.org/acp/awards/
Yearbook Pacemaker due January; Online Pacemaker due February; Newspaper Pacemaker due June; individual awards due June

College Media Association Apple Awards
http://www.collegemedia.org/contests/apple_awards/
Deadline in March

College Media Association Pinnacle Awards
http://www.collegemedia.org/contests/pinnacle_awards/
Deadline start of June

North Carolina College Media Association Awards
http://www.jomc.unc.edu/special-programs-content-items/nc-college-media-association
Deadline in December

Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Awards
http://cspa.columbia.edu/awards-student-work/crown-awards
Deadline dates in June and October

Society of News Design
http://www.snd.org/competitions/print/
Deadline in January

Michigan State University Design Contest
http://msusnd.org/
Deadline in March

College News Design Contest
https://ssnd.wordpress.com/
Deadline in March

College Broadcasters Inc. National Student Production Awards
http://www.askcbi.org/contests/
Deadline in May

Society for Features Journalism
http://featuresjournalism.org/sfj16-contest/
Deadline in March


Strategic Communications

PRSSA scholarship and leadership awards for PRSSA student members
http://prssa.prsa.org/scholarships_competitions/
Deadlines vary from January and September

PRSSA conducts the annual Bateman Case Study competition
http://prssa.prsa.org/scholarships_competitions/bateman/
Students enter through school teams (must be a PRSSA member to enter)
Deadline in November.

Arthur W. Page Society Case Study Competition in Corporate Communications
http://www.awpagesociety.com/insights/winning-case-studies/
The competition is announced in October and entries are due in January

PRWeek Magazine Student of the Year
http://www.prweek.com/us/awards
Deadline in December

PSAID
http://www.psaid.org/about-psaid/
Deadline in April

American Advertising Federation Student ADDYs
http://www.americanadvertisingawards.com/
Deadline for Raleigh-Durham in February

American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising Competition
http://admericaaaf.org/national-student-advertising-competition/
Teams first compete at the district level, then advance to the semi-finals and finals. Finals are held in late May/early June.

American Advertising Federation Triangle’s Lauterborn Scholarship
http://triangleadfed.com/2016_Lauterborn_Scholarship
Deadlline in mid-April

The One Show The Young Ones Competition
http://enter.oneclub.org/youngones/
Deadline in March

Communication Arts Magazine
http://www.commarts.com/competitions
Deadline varies based on category.


Cinema & Television Arts

FilmFreeway (film festival submissions platform)
https://filmfreeway.com/festivals

BEA Festival of Media Arts
http://beaweb.org/festival/
Deadline in December

CineAid Film Festival
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/CineAidFilmFestival
Deadline in mid-July

Southern Exposure Summer Fellowship
http://www.southernexposurefilms.org/
Deadline in March

HATCH Audiovisual Arts Festival
http://hatchexperience.org/
Deadline in August

BAFTA US Student Film Award
http://www.bafta.org/los-angeles/events-initiatives/supporting-talent/student-film-awards
Deadline in April

Delta Moon Student Film Festival
http://deltamoon.org/

New England Film and Video Festival
http://newenglandfilm.com/festival

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
http://thebnff.com/
Submissions start in September and end start of January

Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival
http://crifm.org/

Chicago International Film Festival BC AA
http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/festival/entries/
Submissions are accepted April to July

Cleveland International Film Festival
http://www.clevelandfilm.org/

Mile High Horror Film Festival
http://milehighhorrorfestival.com/
Submissions start in April and end in July

East Lansing Film Festival
http://elff.com/
Submissions open in March

Eerie Horror Film Festival
http://eeriehorrorfilmfestival.com/
Submissions start in October and end in August

The Lindsey Film Festival
http://www.lindseyfilmfest.com/
Submissions start in May and end in September

Spirit Quest Film Festival April
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SpiritQuestFilmFestival
Submissions start in May and end in April

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
http://www.fliff.com/
Submissions start in June and end in September

WorldFest Houston International Film and Video Festival
http://worldfest.org/

Colorado Film Festival
http://coloradofilmfestival.com/
Submissions start in November and end in June

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Awards
http://www.oscars.org/saa
Submissions start in March and end in June

International Student Film Festival Hollywood
http://www.isffhollywood.org/
Submissions start in July and end in August

Sunset Film Festival
http://www.sunsetfilmfestival.com/
Submissions start in September and end in March

The Valley Film Festival
http://www.valleyfilmfest.com/valleyfilmfest/app/home
Submissions start in February and end in August

Women's Voices Now Online Short Film Festival
http://www.womensvoicesnow.org/film-festival
Submissions begin in August and end in January

Mountain Film Festival
https://www.mountainfilm.org

New York City Short Film Festival (NYC Shorts)
http://www.nycshorts.com

The Manhattan Short Film Festival
http://www.manhattanshort.com

International Family Film Festival
http://www.iffilmfest.org/

New Vision Partners Interfaith Film Festival
http://newvisionpartners.org

TEEN TRUTH Film Festival
http://www.teentruth.net/festival/

NextFrame International Student Film Festival
http://nextframe.org

Philadelphia XPN Music Film Festival
http://xpnfest.org

Philadelphia Film Festival
http://filmadelphia.org/festival/

Ivy Film Festival
http://ivyfilmfestival.com

San Diego Film Festival
http://www.sdfilmfest.com

La Jolla Film Festival
http://www.ljfff.com

Cinequest Film Festival AA
http://www.cinequest.org/film-festival

San Joaquin International Film Festival
http://www.sjiff.com 

The Shorty Awards – Student Film and News Festival
http://shortyawards.com/
Deadline in February

RiverRun International Film Festival
http://riverrunfilm.com

Yosemite International Film Festival
http://www.yosemitefilmfestival.com  
Deadline Jan. 20 – Sept. 15

San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
http://www.frozenfilmfestival.com/
Deadline late March to May

Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
http://www.oscars.org/nicholl
Early Deadline in March; Regular Deadline in April; Final Deadline in May

UCLA Extension Feature Film Competition
& UCLA Extension Television Writing Competitions (Spec and Pilot)

http://writers.uclaextension.edu/competitions/ucla-extension-screenplay-competition/ 
Deadline in April

The Written Image Screenwriting Prize
http://www.colum.edu/academics/media-arts/initiatives/written-image.html
Deadline in May

Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award
http://www2.tft.ucla.edu/goldwyn/rules.cfm 
Deadline in June

Abraham Polonsky Award In Screenwriting
https://csun-ctva.submittable.com/submit 
Deadline in February

Abraham Polonsky Graduate Award In Critical Writing
https://csun-ctva.submittable.com/submit 
Deadline in February

RIFF Screenplay Competition
http://www.film-festival.org/enterascreenplay.php  
Deadline in June

The Sloan Grant Screenwriting Program
http://www.filmindependent.org/labs-and-programs/applications/#.VR09II5mrpI
Deadline in April

Search for America's Newest Scriptwriter Contest
http://www.scriptwritercontest.com/

Sitcom Contest.com National Writing Competition
http://sitcomcontest.com/rules/ 
Deadline in July

The Redstones; Fleder/Rosenberg Short Screenplay Contest
http://www.bu.edu/com/academics/what-we-do/film-television/the-redstones/
Deadline in January

David Levy Graduate Screenwriting Scholarship
https://csun-ctva.submittable.com/submit 
Deadline in February

Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting (Collyer Fellowship)
http://www.writersguildinitiative.org/wgi-products/the-michael-collyer-fellowship/

Disney-ABC Television Writing Program
http://www.abctalentdevelopment.com/writing_program.html
Deadline in May

College Broadcasters Inc. National Student Production Awards
http://www.askcbi.org/contests/
Deadline in May


Communication Design

Society for News Design Competition
http://office.snd.org/competitions/student_competitions.html
Links to specific contests, including:

Michigan State University Design Contest for Students
http://msusnd.org/enter/
Deadline in March

Missouri Student Society of News Design
https://ssnd.wordpress.com/
Deadline in March

Adobe Design Achievement Awards
http://www.adobeawards.com/us?trackingid=KRSMW
Deadlines in April and June

RSA Student Design Awards
http://sda.thersa.org/en
Deadline in March

American Advertising Awards (formerly the ADDYs)
http://www.americanadvertisingawards.com/
Raleigh-Durham specific awards:
http://?https://enter.americanadvertisingawards.com/a/Organizations/03-RDH/Home
Deadline in February

Communication Arts Competition
http://www.commarts.com/competitions
Deadlines January-May

Print Magazine Design Competition
http://www.printmag.com/design-competitions/
Deadlines throughout the year (several contest opportunities)

How Magazine Design Competitions and Contests
http://www.howdesign.com/design-competitions/
Deadlines April-August

International Visual Identity Awards
http://www.visualidentityawards.com/
Deadline in September

Student Web Awards
http://studentwebawards.net
Deadline in May

American Package Design Awards
http://gdusa.com/category/competitions

The Dieline Awards
http://www.thedielineawards.com/
Deadline in February


Media Analytics

Google Online Marketing Challenge
http://www.google.com/onlinechallenge/
Deadline in May

Student Funding Available

Are you a current student or recent graduate seeking support for project creation, competition submission fees, and travel assistance? Consider applying for a grant from the School of Communications Awards and Competitions Committee.