Best In Texas: Yearbook Entries Due Oct. 30

Best In Texas: Yearbook Entries Due Oct. 30

The Texas Association of Journalism Educators announces its annual contest for high school and junior high yearbooks. Categories include concept, writing, design and photography/artwork.

The entries must be received on or before Oct. 30, 2020.



The contest entry fees will be $3 per entry. Advisers MUST be TAJE members to enter. Profits from the contests benefit TAJE projects, including scholarship programs.

The contest will focus on the quality of concept, writing and design to give yearbook staff members an opportunity to gain recognition for their individual journalistic accomplishments. 

The deadline for receiving entries is Oct. 30, 2020.

Winning entries will be awarded certificates of superior, excellent or honorable mention by qualified scholastic journalism judges. Entries receiving superior ratings will be eligible for the Best of the Best award. One overall winner and two runners-up will be selected from each contest group (concept, copy, design, photography, portfolio). 

Yearbook entries should be from the previous year’s book. Entries should be submitted at (case-sensitive). Multiple entries are permitted in all categories except Y1-Y2 and Y10-Y14. Upload appropriately named PDFs (for categories Y1-Y23 and Y32-Y33) or JPGs (for categories Y24-Y31). The naming scheme is Categorynumber__school_studentname. Please pay close attention to this naming scheme – this is how we identify names for award certificates. 

Note: Work submitted in the COVID-19 Special Coverage contest is eligible for entry. However, work entered in the Fall Fiesta contests are not eligible to be entered here. 

Make checks payable to TAJE. Mail payments directly to TAJE. Entries may not be judged if payment or proof of payment request is not received by Dec. 1.

Invoices will be provided. E-mail with any questions.

Mail checks to:


PO Box 9187

Austin, TX 78766


All entries may be published in TAJE materials.  




Y1. Theme Development – Include all opening, closing and divider spreads

Y2. Theme Copy – Include opening, closing and divider spread copy



Y3. Headline Writing – Include five headlines with stories

Y4. Caption Writing – Include five captions with photographs

Y5. Student Life – Include copy and headline

Y6. Academics – Include copy and headline

Y7. Organizations – Include copy and headline

Y8. Sports – Include copy and headline

Y9. People – Include copy and headline



Y10. Student-Designed Cover – Must be the work of students, not designed with the aid of yearbook company artists

Y11. Student- Designed Endsheets – Must be the work of students, not designed with the aid of yearbook company artists

Y12. Opening/Closing – Include one sample of spread design

Y13. Title Page Design – Include one sample of page design

Y14. Dividers – Include one sample of divider spreads

Y15. Student Life – Include one spread per entry

Y16. Academics – Include one spread per entry

Y17. Organizations – Include one spread per entry

Y18. Sports – Include one spread per entry

Y19. People – Include one spread per entry

Y20. Multi-topic Spread – Include one spread per entry

Y21. Sidebar Presentation – Include entire spread with sidebar

Y22. Alternative Copy – Include one spread per entry. Will be evaluated on design and content.

Y23. Infographics – Include entire spread with graphic



(Captions must be included with photos. Captions should be submitted in metadata. Do not submit pages with multiple photos.)

Y24. Human Interest – People-centric. Strong emotion,

clear story.

Y25. Student Life – Emphasis on students outside the classroom.

Y26. Academics – Emphasis on faculty/students during the

school day.

Y27. Organizations – Emphasis on students engaged in activities outside the classroom.

Y28. Sports Action – Action-centered. Should be carefully cropped.

Y29. Sports Feature- Human-interest centered

Y30. Portrait – Informal/environmental portrait or studio portrait.



Y31. Photo Portfolio – Include 5 photos with captions  by one student from any section of the book. Captions should be included in metadata.

Y32. Design Portfolio – Include 5 spreads by one student from any section of the book

Y33. Story Portfolio – Include 5 stories by one student from any section of the book