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Welcome to the official entry site for the 2023 OCNA Better Newspapers Competition! Again this year, we have partnered with Newspaper Toolbox to provide you with an online entry website to make the process of entering the contest quicker and easier. We hope you enjoy the experience and we wish you the best of luck in this year’s competition.

How it works.

  • Step 1 – Account Set-up: Now that you are on the entry site, you will need to create an account for this competition. Click on Create an Account Now in the login area on the left. Please choose your Newspaper from the drop down menu. Once selected, please complete the form with your contact information.

    You will only need to enter this information once regardless of how many categories you choose to enter. Upon submitting your account information, an e-mail will be sent to you to confirm your temporary username and password for this contest. Click on the link in the e-mail to login. Take note that this username and password can be changed at any time by simply clicking on My Account.

  • Step 2 – Understanding Your Entries Page: When you login in for the first time with your temporary username and password, you will land on your entries page. This page is the one you will refer to whenever you want to submit new entries, edit contest entries that have already been submitted, upload files or proceed to the payment of these entries. Submitted entries can be modified up to the contest entry deadline – not after the deadline has passed.

  • Step 3 – Submitting Entries: Simply follow the step-by-step instructions for submitting each entry and uploading your material. There are several file formats available for you to upload your entries. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Karen Shardlow at 1-800-387-7982 Ext 4432 or

    Objective of the competition:

    The OCNA Better Newspapers Competition celebrates the best of Ontario’s Weekly Community Newspapers! The BNCs include two types of awards. General Excellence Awards recognize the outstanding overall achievement of our newspapers. The Premier Awards include 54 categories showcasing individual writing, photography, advertising and online entries. The competition provides validation of the outstanding effort & dedication contributed by our newspaper professionals each week! Thank you to all the participants for allowing OCNA to showcase the great talent of our members!

    Eligibility Requirements:

    The OCNA Better Newspapers Competition is open to all Active Members and College/University members in good standing with OCNA.

    Entry Deadline:

    All entries and payment must be submitted by October 31, 2023.

    If you have any questions, please contact Karen Shardlow at