GPC Method of Entry


We request all entries be electronic unless it is absolutely necessary to enter a “hard copy.” Either way, you MUST fill out the online entry form.  Any work published in the 2016 calendar year is eligible for entry in the Golden Press Card Awards.

The first entry by members of SPJ (on record as of 2/28/17) will be FREE. Additional entries by members will be $15 each. The fee for non-members is $25 for each entry. If you’re not currently a member, you may join SPJ here. (Please enter East Tenn Pro as your chapter.) SPJ members will receive the free entry for their personal work only.

Please note that the Horace V. Wells Jr. Award for Public Service may be entered by all media. Also, in addition to First, Second and Third places and Honorable Mention awards for all categories, the best entry out of all the First Place awards in all media will win the best-of-show Golden Press Card Award and a cash award of $100. (The judges have discretion not to make awards at any level if they deem no entry deserving.)

The deadline for material to be printed, aired or posted online is December 31, 2016.

The deadline for entering is February 28, 2017.

Entry Methods (In all cases, the online entry form must be filled out and e-mailed per instructions.)

Attach PDF of entry form along with print, audio or video file, or link to a hosting site, such as YouTube or Vimeo.

Acceptable Formats:
Print: .pdf, .doc, .jpg (if .jpg entry is of article, please make sure text is large enough/clear enough to read).
Audio: .mp3, .wav.
Video: .avi, .mpg/.mpeg, .wmv, .mov.

Send e-mail to You should receive an e-mail acknowledging your entry’s receipt within two business days.

Internet categories: please make sure the URL is on your entry form and send supporting materials as attachments.

Payment Methods – Check or Credit Card

If paying by credit card, please submit name, credit card number, expiration date, and zip code on the registration form. For security reasons, please email the security code to We will confirm payment via email.

If you are paying by check, please make the check payable to East TN SPJ and send to:

Melissa Erickson
1513 Bill Williams Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917

Your entry form must be filled out online and submitted by February 28, 2017.

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