VFW’s 2016 National Publications Contest

VFW’s 2016 National Publications Contest

by Tahj Mayes, January 5, 2016

Submissions are now open for the VFW’s 2016 National Publications Contest!

First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category, the latter two will receive a frame-worthy certificate. For an issue or article to qualify, it must have been published between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015.

The categories for the VFW National Publications Contest are:


1. Overall Design and Content of Newspaper (defined as being printed on newsprint)

2. Best Feature Story (all frequencies judged together in this category and submitted separately)

3. Magazine (defined by physical size and paper stock)

District/Post (combined):

4. Overall Design and Content

Within the categories, submissions will be grouped according to publication frequency: one to four times per year and five or more times per year.

The VFW press release says:

Please note that our Best Feature Story category is no longer retroactive. (That was a one-time introductory offer.) All stories submitted to this category must have been published sometime between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015. The story must be a published article of at least 300 words. It can be originally written by your newspaper staff or by a freelance writer or be reprinted from a newspaper within your state.

Examples of eligible subjects include operations of state VA departments, National Guard/Reserve unit deployments overseas, troop-support activities, Department VFW programs, dedication of state memorials, state or local commemorative events for the 50th anniversary of Vietnam and editorials advocating positions on veteran issues within your state.


Deadline is APRIL 1, 2016. Submissions must be mailed by Department adjutants, Department quartermasters or Department editors.

For the mailing address, official contest submission form, and more information, see VFW National Publications Contest on the VFW site.

Spread the word about this contest to anyone you think might be interested. This contest is comparable to those held by other professional societies within the association publishing industry.