Best in Texas (Yearbook)

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. 31, 2019. SUBMISSION FORM


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. 31, 2019.

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 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 taje.org. 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 awards. 

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 contests@taje.org 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