Thank you for participating in the CMA St. Juan Diego Collegiate Awards

The entry period for this year is now concluded. We are grateful to all of you for your good and important work.

The Catholic Media Association invites Students and Alumni Magazines to participate in the 2023 St. Juan Diego Collegiate Awards competition. St. Juan Diego is a symbol of evangelization and the messenger of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This newly named program, formerly known as the Student Journalism and Alumni Magazine awards, honors media that embodies goodwill, compassion and uplifting spirit.

For Students, the program provides aspiring journalists and media professionals a critique of your work, and introduces you to hundreds of journalism and communications professionals from throughout North America.

This competition is ideal for students looking to become media professionals. Award winners earns recognition that enhances résumés, and potentially earn internships while still in school. Judges evaluate the entry as if it were being submitted to an editor or communications director, and each entry receives a constructive critique.

For Alumni Magazines, this program adds recognition to your work and enhances the visibility of your university and alumni.

Please check with your funding sources to see if your college/university or department is available to support your participation. Thank you for considering the Catholic Media Association’s St. Juan Diego Collegiate Awards.

Awards are presented at the Catholic Media Conference, June 6-9, 2023, in Baltimore, and announced in The Catholic Journalist with comments from judges, as well as on the CMA website and on social media.

Awards Packet

The St. Juan Diego Collegiate Awards packet specifies eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and a full category list for the Student Division and the Alumni Magazine Division.

Additional Questions?

Student Division


  • Students enrolled full or part-time in an accredited Catholic university or college.
  • Original student work appearing in a recognized college or university publication in 2022.
  • Students may enter work on their own, or 
  • Professors or advisers may enter work on behalf of a student.

Key Dates

  • Open Submission Period: November 14, 2022 - January 31, 2023 
  • Extension Period: February 1-7, 2023  at 11:59 am CT 
  • Hard Copy Materials Due: February 7, 2023
  • Payment deadline: February 10, 2023

Entry Fees

  • Submissions: $15 per entry; $20 during Extension period
Alumni Magazine Division


  • Catholic College or University Alumni Magazines
  • Digital or print publications
  • Members and non-members of the Catholic Media Association
  • Original work appearing in a publication from the preceding calendar year

Key Dates

  • 2023 Categories Announced: Fall 2022
  • Open Submission Period: November 14, 2022 - January 31, 2023
  • Extension Period: February 1 - 7, 2023  at 11:59 am CT 
  • Hard Copy Materials Due: February 7, 2023

Entry Fees

  • CMA Members - $38 per entry during Open Submission Period, $48 during Extension Period
  • Non-Members - $79 per entry during Open Submission Period, $89 during Extension Period