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NSPRA National School Communication Awards


The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), recognized as the Leader in School Communication, has honored the best work in school communication for more than 50 years. Earn national recognition for your district or organization’s school communications efforts by submitting your best work to any or all of the three award programs:


Gold Medallion Awards
Program recognizes superior educational public relations programs and campaigns grounded in strategic communication best practices.
Entry deadline: March 21, 2022

Golden Achievement Awards
Program recognizes outstanding, strategic work in all aspects of school public relations, communications, marketing and engagement.
Entry deadline: March 21, 2022

Publications and Digital Media Excellence Awards
Program recognizes outstanding work in educational communications, including print and digital publications, video, audio, websites, social media and more.
Entry deadline: April 4, 2022



Awards Program and Entry Submission Overview


Entries for all award programs must be submitted through NSPRA's online awards submission system at www.nspra.org/award-apply. Videos on the login process and submission process are available to help you use this system.

Entries may be submitted in each program by public school systems, charter schools, private schools, community or vocational/technical colleges, state/national education groups, education service agencies (ESA), intermediate units (IU), boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES),  and any agency, consultant or business in partnership with any of the aforementioned education entities.

Awards Submission System Login Instructions

  • NSPRA Members: The username (i.e., your email address) and password you use to login to the NSPRA website can be used to login to the submission system. If you can't remember your password, reset your password here. 
  • Nonmembers: If you've submitted entries in the system before, reuse the username and password you used previously. If you haven't submitted an entry before, you will be able to create a new profile in the system.

Entry Upload and Submission Instructions

  • Upload entry submission files as PDFs. 
  • If the information for an entry is incomplete, you can save and return to the entry later.
  • If the information for an entry is complete, add it to your cart. When an entry is in your cart, you can still make changes to the entry or add additional entries up until you click Save and Finalize, and then checkout to submit your payment. After checkout, no more changes may be made to an entry.
  • Review award criteria, rules and deadlines for each program carefully below; download the awards contest brochure for an overview (PDF). FAQs can be found here.

NOTE: All entries become part of NSPRA’s resource files. All materials submitted may be reproduced, displayed, referenced or summarized in any NSPRA publication, website or other resource. 


Judging Award Entries 


  • NSPRA uses experienced, award-winning and often accredited public relations professionals to evaluate entries in the Gold Medallion, Golden Achievement Awards and Publications and Digital Media Excellence Awards competitions.

  • Judges have no pre-set limit on the number or types of award that may be given in each category. They may also opt to issue no awards in a category if no entries are deemed worthy of recognition.

  • Individual judging assessments for the Publications and Digital Media Excellence  Awards and the Golden Achievement Awards are confidential and will not be released.

  • Gold Medallion entrants may request a summary of judges’ comments by emailing awards@nspra.org no later than July 30. Summaries will be provided in late August/September.