Award Submissions

Sponsored by NYSUT United, the NYSUT Communications Awards recognize outstanding NYSUT local union and chapter publications, websites and social media.

This year there are only five main categories, so completing your entry just got easier. But don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities to showcase your best work and be recognized with every submission.

Please review the entry guidelines below.

When you're ready, use the electronic submission form to upload your entries. You have until midnight on Feb. 3, 2017 to file. Good luck!

NOTE: The deadline for submissions was Friday, Feb. 3. Thank you for your entries.


You may submit up to five different stories that were published (in print or digitally) between Jan. 1, - Dec. 31, 2016. This must be original work produced by your local. For each article you submit, you are eligible to win a wide range of awards. That list includes, but is not limited to:

  • Best Creative Writing
  • Best Article about a Social Justice Issue
  • Best Article about Union Values
  • Best Article about a Local or Chapter Issue
  • Best Article about Solidarity

That’s right, each article has the possibility of winning multiple awards. So show us what you’ve got!


The judges will be looking for creative layouts and use of typography as well as artistic designs and strong photographs. The list of winning entries may include:

  • Best Original Photo
  • Best Illustration
  • Best Graphic Design


Enter a complete edition of your publication, either print or digital, for this category. Publications will be judged on both the content and design. Submit the edition that best shows the broad range of activities and interest of your local. The judges will be looking for the effective use of clear, descriptive writing, as well as compelling visual elements presented in an attractive design. Writing, spelling and grammar will be considered.


If you are reaching your membership with a website or blog you can also enter in this category. Entries will be judged for making the experience a pleasant one for the user by presenting content that is both useful and well designed. If you have a website and a blog, you may submit one entry for each.


Are you using – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Instagram, YouTube, or Vimeo to engage your members and the community? Enter in this category and show us how you’ve used this influential medium to entertain, inform and educate the public about issues affecting the profession. (NOTE: If you entry is a private account such as a Facebook Group, we ask that you create screen captures saved to a PDF file for electronic submission.)


Winners in any category will automatically be eligible for the Ted Bleecker Award – the Best of the Best – for the most outstanding accomplishment. The winner may be a publication, website or blog, social media or an article.

The NYSUT Communications Awards is sponsored by NYSUT United, your union publication. The contest is judged by a panel if independent experts. Only original work may be entered.


  1. All entries must be published between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016.
  2. All entries must be original, meaning locals cannot submit material first published somewhere else.
  3. An entry for General Excellence should be an entire issue.
  4. Entries for Best Website, Best Blog or Best Use of Social Media must provide the URL.
  5. We've extended the deadline: You now have until midnight on Feb. 3, 2017 to file.

If you have any questions about the contest or the process for submitting entries, please call Julie Bull at 518-213-6000, ext. 6359, or email her at