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2024 Better Newspaper Contest rules

Welcome to the Washington Newspaper Publishers Better Newspaper Contest page. We are grateful to SmallTownPapers for their continued sponsorship of this event. If you are interested in archiving your old newspapers, check with them. There are ways it can be done for free! Here's a link to their ArchiveInABox product.
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On this contest page, you will find links to the rules for each category and a flyer that explains contest dates and categories. Click the download buttons for the information you are interested in.


You can begin submitting entries on April 1 at The contest closes for regular entries May 1. Tourism special sections can be entered until June 3.


For technical help getting logged in, making entries and general use of the BetterBNC platform, please click on the "Help and Support" button at to initiate a trouble ticket. For help with rules, passwords, eligibility and entry fees please contact

Site instructions

Overall Contest Rules

News Division

Advertising Division

Photography Division

Special Sections

Digital Division