Catholic Media Awards

These awards aim to highlight and honor the efforts of individuals and organizations that excel in portraying Catholic teachings, values, and stories in a compelling and authentic manner. The event is primarily for Catholic media professionals, publishers, broadcasters, writers, and producers, as well as anyone involved in the creation and dissemination of Catholic content.

The Catholic Media Awards accepts work completed by its members in the previous calendar year. Awards are presented at the Catholic Media Conference, June 18-21, 2024, in Atlanta, and announced in The Catholic Journalist with comments from judges, as well as on the CMA website and on social media.

Thank you for entering the CMA Awards program. The 2024 program is now closed and results will be announced June 21, 2024, at the Catholic Media Conference.

Divisions and Category Listings

This awards program has five divisions to reflect the varied work of its members; each division’s packet specifies eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and a full category list:

All Member: For the Individual Excellence and Digital categories

All Member Info Packet

Newspapers: For print or digital work that is published in a member newspaper

Newspapers Info Packet

Magazines and Print Newsletters: For work published in a member magazine or printed newsletter

Magazines and Print Newsletters Info Packet

Communications: For Organizational Communications members to submit work that is separate from any work that appears in a publication

Communications Info Packet

Spanish Language: For content created for a Spanish-language member publication

Spanish-Language Info Packet

Key Dates
  • Open Submission Period: Nov. 1, 2023 - Jan. 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CT 
  • Extension Period: Feb. 1-7, 2024  at 11:59 am CT 
  • Payment deadline: Feb. 9, 2024

Entry Fees
  • Open Submission Period: $38 per entry
  • Extension Period: $48 per entry

Free Entry
  • One free entry per CMA Publisher or Freelance Member when submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024.

Entries are judged by selected professionals knowledgeable about Catholic media, including faculty from prominent Catholic journalism schools. Our judges bring a wealth of experience in various media, ensuring a fair and informed evaluation of each entry, and are committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity throughout the evaluation process.

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