CCA Communications Contest

Get ready to submit your best examples of writing, photography, publications, and programs and projects to the annual CCA Communications Contest.

Here’s a quick tutorial to show how easy it is to submit an entry.

The contest allows you to demonstrate your knowledge, expertise, and skills among a highly respected group of cooperative peers. Noted professionals will critique your entries and select winners in a blind judging process. Outstanding communicators will be recognized during the annual CCA Institute. In addition, contest participants will receive valuable feedback and benefit from the chance to view others’ work in an online “Winners Showcase” on the CCA website.

To be best prepared for your entries, review the contest brochure here. Once you review the requirements for the categories, create a folder on your computer to prepare all entry files accordingly. Be aware of any entries that may require mailing and have those hard copies available when you print the packing slip.

There are more than 50 communication and marketing categories available for entry. Go to Cooperative Communicators Association ( to submit your entries.

Winners are selected in each subcategory if the following criteria have been met:

  • 1st Place – at least three entries submitted,
  • 2nd Place – at least five entries submitted,
  • 3rd Place – six or more entries submitted.

If fewer than three entries are received in a subcategory, entrants will be notified for the opportunity to receive a refund or to keep their entry submitted to only receive judge’s feedback.

Checklists are available for each category to make your submission process as smooth as possible. Click below to access each.

Writing Checklist

Publications Checklist

Programs and Projects Checklist

Photography Checklist

New this year, the rubrics judges use are available to help you understand the criteria on which your entries are being evaluated. Click the links below to see the rubrics in each category.

Writing Rubrics

Publications Rubrics

Programs and Projects Rubrics

Photography Rubrics

Be sure to check out the contest brochure for all the guidelines, recommendations, fees, and important dates to remember, too. The contest portal will walk you through step by step to submit your entry, be sure to review the hint sections on to the right of each content block for in-depth guidelines.


Early Bird Deadline: January 30, 2024

Contest Deadline: February 6, 2024

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