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Contest deadline extended to Monday, Feb. 22!

Hopefully you’ve seen our many emails, tweets and Facebook posts about this, but if you haven’t, you still have time to enter the 2015 NW Excellence in Journalism Contest. The FINAL deadline is now Monday, February 22 at 5 p.m. PST. Submit your best work from 2015 to the contest, which is one of the largest of its kind in the nation and includes Washington state, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana.

Click here to enter. Please read rules and eligibility carefully before entering. To register, click “Enter the contest here” in the upper right hand corner of the contest home page. Click “Open Call Contestant Login” in the pop-up window, then “create your Open Call account.” Fill out the fields, and you should be able to enter your work once this is complete.

A note about PDFs for General Excellence entries: We are no longer accepting paper entries. The contest is now all digital. We changed this from paper copies this year to help media outlets save money on postage (and copies of their magazines or print editions). It also helps the region save on postage, and ensures our judges get everything they need to properly judge entries. In years past, the region had to mail entries to out-of-state judges, and logistics were quite challenging. Electronic submissions streamlines the process. If you have trouble uploading a large PDF (you’ll need a third-party service like Dropbox), please submit a help ticket to Better BNC from the contest website.

If you have questions about signups or about contest rules, contact the contest committee ASAP! We will do our best to get back to you within 24 hours. Members of the committee are happy to walk you through the process. For contest-specific questions and comments, please contact us at

All proceeds from this contest support the efforts of Region 10 and its active chapters to protect First Amendment freedoms, foster excellence among journalists, inspire young journalists, encourage diversity in our industry, and promote the free practice of journalism in our communities.

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