Yearbook Excellence Contest


Recognizing the Best in High School Yearbook Publishing

Winners of the Quill and Scroll 2017 Yearbook Excellence Contest will receive a National Award Gold Key and are eligible, as seniors, to apply for one of the Edward J. Nell Memorial or George and Ophelia Gallup scholarships. A list of the National Winners will appear online. Please refer to the rules below and follow all instructions to enter.

High school students who are contributors to or staff members of a student yearbook at any public or private high school are invited to enter the competition. Awards will be made in each of the 18 categories. There are two enrollment classes: Class A: more than 750 students; Class B: 749 or less.

 

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Category 1 – Theme Development
Only one (1) entry can be submitted. Entry should include cover, end sheets, introduction, division pages and closing. Entry must include the entire actual cover and pages or quality prints. Entries will be judged on overall unity of theme package including theme copy, typography, graphics and color.

Category 2 – Student Life
Spreads from student life sections may be submitted. (Mini-magazine coverage may be included). Entries will be judged on the quality of copy, realistic action photos, informative and interesting headlines, captions, layout and design.  Weekly, monthly or other chronological coverage may be submitted

Category 3 – Academics
Spreads from academics sections may be entered. Entries will be judged on the quality of copy, realistic action photos, informative and interesting headlines, captions, layout and design.  Weekly, monthly or other chronological coverage may be submitted.

Category 4 – Clubs or Organizations
Spreads from clubs or organizations sections may be submitted. Entries will be judged on the quality of copy, realistic action photos, well-cropped and composed group photos, informative headlines, captions, ID’s, layout and design. Weekly, monthly or other chronological coverage may be submitted.

Category 5 – Sports
Entries from the sports section may be submitted. Entries will be judged on the quality of copy, realistic action photos, informative and interesting headlines and captions, scoreboards, and layout and design. Weekly, monthly or other chronological coverage may be submitted.

Category 6 – People
Spreads with either student, staff or faculty/administration coverage may be submitted. (Mini-magazine coverage may be included.) Entries will be judged on the quality of copy, realistic action photos, informative and interesting headlines and captions, layout and design. Weekly, monthly or other chronological coverage may be submitted.

Category 7 – Advertising
Advertisement spreads may be submitted. Entries will be judged on copy, typography, effective illustrations or photos, well-written headlines, layout and design quality.

Category 8 – Sports Action Photo
Spreads with sports photos may be submitted. Entries will be judged on composition, print quality, interest and effective cropping.

Category 9 – Academic Photo
Entries will be judged on composition, print quality, effective cropping and focus on students in learning/academic situations.

Category 10 – Student Life Photo
Entries will be judged on composition, quality, effective cropping and focus on student life topics.

Category 11 – Clubs or Organizations Photo
Entries will be judged on composition, quality, effective cropping and focus on student club or organization activities.

Category 12 – Feature Photo
Photos in spreads that emphasize the human-interest angle and focus on people in their environment may be submitted. Posed shots and portraits are NOT acceptable. Entries will be judged on composition, quality, effective cropping and interest.

Category 13 – Graphic Design
Spreads may be submitted that embody contemporary use of graphics to enhance the content on the spread. Includes the use of typography, screens, placement, rule lines, logos and other visual elements. Entries will be judged on composition, creativity and interest.

Category 14 – Photo Illustration
Photo illustrations featuring special effects, modifications or manipulations of photographs to tell a story may be submitted. Entries will be judged on composition, quality, effective cropping and interest.

Category 15 – Index
Entries must display creative use of graphics, typography, screens, photographs and/or featurettes to enhance the index presentation.

Category 16 – Headline Writing and Design
Spreads from any section may be submitted that demonstrate excellence in headline writing and design. Entries will be judged on writing mechanics, effective use of typography and visual elements, and interest.

Category 17 – Caption Writing
Spreads from any section may be submitted that demonstrate excellence in caption writing. Entries will be judged on writing mechanics, how well the captions complement photos or visuals, and interest.

Category 18 – Personality Profiles
Spreads from any section that demonstrate excellence in profiling a person in written and visual content may be submitted. Entries will be judged on writing mechanics, visual and design elements, and interest.

Instructions

Deadline – Entries must be mailed first class and postmarked no later than Nov. 1.

Entry fee – There is a $5.00 fee per entry, except for Theme Development, where the fee is $10.00. Only one Theme Development entry may be submitted. Entries not accompanied by the school registration form and entry fee will be disqualified without notification.

Each entry must have been published in a student yearbook at any time from Jan. 1 through Nov. 1 of the contest year. Actual pages or copies may be submitted.

Each school may submit unlimited entries per category except for the Theme Development category, which allows only one entry.

While we recognize that several individuals may be involved with the production of a spread, only one student should be designated for recognition as the national winner. Auxiliary production staff may be recognized with the purchase of additional Gold Key Awards.

You may submit the actual full pages or printed copies. Note: In the photo categories, submission of the photographic print (no larger than 8 1/2″ x 11″) along with the actual page or copy of the page on which the photo appears is preferred, but not required.

The official entry form (or copy) should be securely taped to the back of the actual entry in the upper-right corner. Each entry in each category needs a separate entry form filled out and taped to the reverse side. Entries improperly identified will be disqualified without notification.

The winning entries are automatically eligible for the Quill and Scroll Sweepstakes awards. All entries become the property of Quill and Scroll and will not be returned. We reserve the right to use entries in Quill & Scroll magazine and website. Only winners will be notified. A list of winners will be posted online.

Yearbook Excellence Contest Past Winners

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2016 . 2015 . 2014 . 2013

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