2020 Fall Fiesta

TAJE is hosting a virtual option of our Fall Fiesta. Here’s what’s offered. Registration is due at noon Oct. 2.

Best of Show: $20 per publication
Critiques/Consultations: $25 per 30-minute session
Contests: $10 per entry
(there is no registration fee per individual)


Throughout the fall, we’ll partner with Jeanne Acton and ILPC to bring you guest speakers and panel sessions straight to your classroom via Zoom. Follow us on social media for more info. You don’t want to miss these. These sessions are presented at no charge. Watch for an email from jacton@uiltexas.org with info.



Since we look a little different this year, our critique sessions will look a little different this year as well.  After registering for a consultation/critique, you will be given access to a sign up for a half-hour slot. You will be able to choose the time and consultant that works best for you. How you use that time is up to you — pick a time to have the consultant meet with your staff or meet one-on-one, bring questions, show them what you have done so far and get feedback. Use the time to get what you need.


Best of Show

Digital News (includes Online and PDFs of Print Newspapers/Newsmagazines, which will be judged together)

Online content must be current. The date on print publications must fall within the current school year. Must be submitted no later than Oct. 9 using this form: https://forms.gle/yf8KUfgE2yVQ9r8E6

Must be submitted no later than Oct. 9 using this form: https://forms.gle/EeeAQ8ggpvHDhnmu6  Content must be from the current school year.

Mail 2020 books to:
Jeanne Acton-Shanks
9507 Slate Creek Trail
Austin, TX 78717
Must be postmarked by Oct. 9. Do NOT use Media Mail.

Literary Magazines
Mail 2020 lit mags to:
Mark Murray
413 Salazar Place
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Must be postmarked by Oct. 9.

*Yearbooks and Lit Mags will not be returned.




We’re offering most of our traditional contests through the month of October.

Semi-live contests (Live session Oct. 10, entries due Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.)

  • News Writing 
  • Feature Writing 
  • Editorial Writing 
  • Sports Feature Writing 
  • Headline Writing 
  • Editorial Illustration

Prompt-based contests (Materials go live Oct. 2, entries due Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.)

  • Yearbook Copy 
  • Yearbook Theme Package
  • Review Writing 
  • Beginning Yearbook Design
  • Advanced Yearbook Design
  • Newspaper Feature Page Design
  • Marketing
  • Digital Photography
  • Broadcast Package
  • Videography
  • In-Depth Package

Open contests (for work produced between Oct. 3, 2019 and Oct. 9, 2020; entries due Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.)

  • Action Photo
  • News/Feature Photo
  • Photography Portfolio
  • Portrait
  • First-Year Photo
  • Video News Story
  • Video Commercial/PSA
  • Video Feature Story
  • Video Sports Story
  • Literary Magazine Design
  • Literary Magazine Writing

See full descriptions of contests here.


How to Register

Everything is in one registration form. (Invoice will be emailed 48 hours after registration is complete.)

Please mail payments to Fall Fiesta TAJE PO Box 9187 Austin, TX 78766 or email director@taje.org to make arrangements to pay with a credit card. A 3.5% service charge will be added for card payments.

You can also Venmo @TAJECINDYTODD

Registration is due at noon Oct. 2.