With only three weeks remaining before the Jan. 10 early deadline, now is the time to submit your entries and avoid paying late fees.
The current entry fee is $10 for online submissions, $20 for mail-in entries. Beginning Jan. 11 and through the final deadline of Jan. 31, 2020, the fees increase to $15 for each online entry and to $25 for each mail-in entry.
EIC is open to all OWAA members and will reward first-, second- and third-place winners in 10 media categories: Blog, Book, Column, Graphic/Illustration, Magazine/E-zine, Newspaper/News Website, Photography, Photo Essay, Radio/Podcast, and TV/Video/Webcast.
Award winners will be announced at the OWAA annual conference June 27-29, 2020, at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont.
The Book Contest closed Dec. 2.
Entries for all other contests must have been published (traditional media or the internet), broadcast, or sold between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2019.
Members are required to pay their 2020 dues before submitting entries.
OWAA is partnering with Submittable, a Montana company specializing in contest management, to collect EIC online entries.
Submittable’s platform offers several format options in most categories.
For instance, TV/Video/Webcast can be submitted as a link or as MP4, MOV and other file formats. Radio/Podcast allows for MP3, WAV, etc.
To begin submitting entries, go to https://owaa.submittable.com to create a FREE Submittable account, which allows you access to EIC entry forms for each contest.
Each contest – Blog, Column, Graphic/Illustration, Magazine/E-zine, Newspaper/News Website, Photography, Photo Essay, Radio/Podcast, and TV/Video/Webcast – has its own entry form.
Mail-in entries must be sent to OWAA EIC Contest, 21565 Nine Mile Road, Huson, MT, 59846.
Entry fee options
Payment includes two options – credit card (including PayPal) or check.
If you want to use PayPal, a link will appear when you mark the Credit Card circle.
All payments are tied to the specific contest being entered, so you can only process Blog entry fees in the Blog form, Column entry fees in the Column form, and so on.
In other words, while you can make one payment for multiple Blog entries, the system currently doesn’t allow bundling entries from multiple contests into a single payment.
The credit card fee is deducted from the final charge.
For those members entering more than one contest, a simpler option may be to pay for all entries with a single check. Just click the Check circle on the payment line of each form, tally your entry fee total for all contests you are entering, and mail the check to OWAA EIC, 2814 Brooks St., Box 442, Missoula, MT, 59801.