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About the Award

The Best of Show competition is held at all conventions and workshops sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press. The number of entries and places awarded may change from year to year, usually corresponding with overall attendance. Only publications and broadcast teams with students in attendance at the convention are eligible to enter the contest. Nonmembers may also enter the competition, in some cases, for an additional fee. Competitiveness varies depending on time of year and the convention location. The competing pool is typically much smaller and distinct from our national contests, such as the Pacemaker. The Best of Show award does not signify a ranking of national excellence, but rather overall excellence among the attendees and entries.


Notable Winners


Literary Magazine:
Windhover, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, N.C.
Lisa Dickson, editor
Martha Collins/Patrick Neal, advisers

Feature Magazine
Pursuit, California Baptist Univ., Riverside, Calif.


Because it is an onsite contest, the judging process is accelerated. ACP makes every effort to obtain judges of the highest caliber. Customarily, one judge makes the selections for each category. There is no panel and no discussion is allowed. This also makes the judging process for Best of Show very different from our national contests, where a panel may have time for deliberation and debate. Best of Show judges do not provide ACP with comments on winners or other entries. ACP retains the winning entries for future use.


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Eligibility Requirements

Entry Fee Details

There is no entry fee for this contest, but non-members who enter will be billed for membership.

Required Material

Application form

Entry Format

Contest forms are sent with convention registration confirmations or are available at the convention registration desk. Best of Show entries for print publications consist of one issue of a newspaper from the current school year or one copy of a magazine or yearbook from the previous school year.



Contact Information

Trevor Ivan
Contest/Critique Coordinator
[email protected]

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