Catholic Press Awards

The Catholic Press Awards acknowledge the outstanding work of members in their efforts to further the mission of the Church. On a daily basis they inform, inspire and educate readers keeping them connected to their faith, and telling the story of the Church. It is those contributions that are recognized through these awards.

With the diversity of Catholic communications today, the awards program offers the opportunity for individuals with various skill sets to submit their best work for critical review. Participants choose categories organized by different media that feature writing, design, production and editing skills, and submit in sub-categories separated by intent such as news, feature stories and so forth.

The 2022 Press Awards program had roughly 2,700 entries in 472 categories. More than 160 organizations entered this year's program.

The Catholic Press Awards accepts work completed by its members in the previous year. The association announces the winners at its annual Catholic Media Conference, publishes them in the Awards issue of The Catholic Journalist, and showcases them on the CMA website. 



2023 Program

Key Dates 

  • Open Submission Period: November 2022 through January 2023 
  • Extension Period: TBD   
  • Hard Copy Materials Due: TBD

Entry Fees

  • Open Period: $36 per entry
  • Extension Period: $45 per entry 

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
  • Newspaper: For print or digital work that is published in a member newspaper
  • Magazine and Print Newsletter: For work published in a member magazine or printed newsletter
  • Communications: For Communication Organizational members to submit work that is separate from any work that appears in a publication
  • Spanish Language: For content created for a Spanish language member publication

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