Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.
The CSPA offers three annual competitions: Medalist Critiques, Crown Awards and Gold Circle Awards. Joining the CSPA is how a student publication, either print or digital, enters one or more of those competitions.
Medalist Critiques offer a detailed written analysis of your print or digital publication, with recommendations for improvements. The results are returned with one of three ratings: Gold Medalist, Silver Medalist or Bronze Medalist.
Crown Awards recognize overall excellence in either print or digital student publications, chosen by a panel of judges working as a team. Entries are compared against one another with similar age and experience levels such as high school yearbooks against other high school yearbooks, and so forth. There are NO written results returned to individual publications.
Gold Circle Awards recognize individual achievement by students from any CSPA member in many categories. Each CSPA member can submit as many as 30 individual entries as part of their membership. Additional entries can be submitted at a special member rate. Certificates are awarded to First, Second or Third Place and up to three additional Certificates of Merit are given for honorable mention in each category. Gold Circle Award entries require separate submission by June 17th (print news and magazine entries) or by November 1st (all yearbook and digital entries).
Only CSPA members can participate in our contests.Membership is per publication, not by school.
New & current members should use this site to enroll for membership.All memberships will generate unique confirmation numbers to use during this membership year.
Avoid delays – complete the online application FIRST,then send your payment and materials immediately after.
Your membership will be considered "pending" until CSPA receivesyour payment, your completed membership profile AND your materials for judging.Pending memberships will NOT be consideredfor critique or Crown judging.
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