Regional Awards 2023

SPA Regional Awards 2023

The Student Publication Association Regional Awards are back for 2023!

For those of you unfamiliar, these awards aim to recognise the best work in each of the SPA’s eight regions – and give publications a chance to show off their work ahead of our national awards at the SPA National Conference in the spring.

The Regional Awards also recognises the work of our smaller and specialist member publications for the great work they do every single year.

If you have any questions, contact Marino Unger-Verna on chair@spajournalism.comĀ and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Awards submissions close at 11:59pm on January 9th. Any submissions after the deadline will not be considered. The links to the submission forms are below:

Ireland & Northern IrelandLondonMidlandsNorthScotlandSouth EastSouth WestWales

The categories on offer at the SPA Regional Awards this year are:

Best Publication (all regions): This award recognises the best student publication in the region and shall take into account their overall relevance to their student community, the quality of content they produce, and the impact of their work.

Submission details: Include a single-page A4 document of supporting evidence with up to three hyperlinks included.

Outstanding Commitment (all regions): This award recognises outstanding commitment of an individual to their publication over the previous year, going above and beyond the call of duty.

Submission details: Include a supporting statement of up to 500 words. Entries for this award may be submitted by either the nominee or another individual.

Best Journalist (all regions): This award rewards consistently exceptional content produced by an individual for their publication. It will take into account the breadth of work, impact on the intended audience and the quality of journalism produced.

Submission details: Include a portfolio of three pieces and a supporting statement of 300 words (please upload as a single file, clearly stating the nominee’s name and your publication). Entries for this award may be submitted by either the nominee or another individual.

Best Newcomer Publication (all regions): This award recognises the best new student publication in the region. Publications must be two years old or under. It will take into account quality of content, relevance to the student community, and the impact of their work.

Submission details: Include a single-page A4 document of supporting evidence with up to three hyperlinks.

Best Irish or Northern Irish Political Piece (Ireland and Northern Ireland only): This award recognises insightful political reporting from publications from Ireland or Northern Ireland. It will take into account the quality of analysis, timeliness and relevance to the region.

Submission details: One piece and a supporting statement of 200 words (please upload as a single file).

Best Scottish Political Piece (Scotland only): This award recognises insightful political reporting from publications from Scotland. It will take into account the quality of analysis, timeliness and relevance to the region.

Submission details: One piece and a supporting statement of 200 words (please upload as a single file).

Best Wales Piece (Wales only): This award recognises insightful reporting from publications from Wales. It will take into account the quality of analysis, timeliness and relevance to the region.

Submission details: One piece and a supporting statement of 200 words (please upload as a single file).

Eligibility criteria

You or your student publication must be a current member of the SPA, and the work must have been published between 9 February 2022 and 9 January 2023.

Please submit a single file per category and clearly state your publication name (and the name of the nominee where applicable). Please keep in mind your last submission will be final and further submissions within the same category will overwrite any previous entries.