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Preparing files for entry


Completing the entry form


Finalists & winners




Preparing files for entry

 

If submitting text, PDF or Word documents, combine them into one file before uploading content to the RNA contest entry form.

 

Combining text files:

1.     Open all your story files in a text-editing program.

2.     Copy and paste all the stories into one text document.

3.     Choose FILE—SAVE AS, and name the document in this manner: LastName­_Contest.txt

4.     Be sure the file has the proper extension at the end of the file name (ie: .txt).

 

Combining Word document files:

1.     Open all your story files in Microsoft Word.

2.     Copy and paste all the stores into one Word document.

3.     Choose FILE—SAVE AS, and name the document in this manner: LastName­_Contest.doc (.docx is also acceptable).

4.     Be sure the file has the proper extension at the end of the file name (ie: .doc  or  .docx).

 

Making a PDF:


On a Mac

  1. From any word processing program, choose FILE—PRINT.
  2. In the Print dialogue box, choose "PDF” from the lower-left corner, then "Save as PDF.”
  3. Name and save the new PDF document. Be sure the file name has a .pdf extension.

 

On a PC

  • If you have Office 2007, see this software add-in to allow your Office products to create PDFs.
  • If you have Acrobat 9, try this overview on creating a PDF.

 

Combining PDF files:

  • If you have Acrobat Professional, here's this guide.
  • Or if you have just a full version of Acrobat, here’s a good how-to article.
  • Macs that have the operating system Leopard can do this using Preview.


Converting audio files to mp3 format

 

Converting video files to wmv or mov files



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Completing the entry form

How to save money on entry fees

RNA members save up to $75 on entry fees (early-bird rates). If you're not a member of RNA, consider joining. Entrants need not be members to enter the contests. To receive discounted rates, RNA members must be current with membership dues and must log in to the RNA site before beginning an entry.


Tips for members
  • Log in to the RNA site before you begin your entry to make sure your dues are current and to receive discounted member rates. Logging in first also pre-fills many of the entry form fields to save you time.
  • Forgot your login information? Retrieve your username and password.
  • RNA renewal instructions can be found here.
  • Unable to retrieve your username/password? Your membership may have been suspended for your dues being more than two years in arrears.
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Tips for non-members
  • Consider joining RNA to earn discounted entry fees (It's like getting an RNA membership virtually free!).
  • If you join RNA, log in to the RNA site before you begin your entry to receive discounted member rates.
  • Forgot your login information? Retrieve your username and password.

Avoiding duplicate entries
Do not hit the back button when completing your entry. It will result in duplicate entries and duplicate store orders. If you think you've duplicated your entry, contact RNA to resolve the issue.

Where to send a non-digital entry
Send your non-digital entry (ie: books, magazine overall excellence) to: RNA: Contests, 30 Neff Annex, School of Journalism, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

Where to send a check or money order
Submit checks or money orders to RNA, 30 Neff Annex, Columbia, MO 65211-1200.

How to know if your entry was received
If your entry was successfully submitted, you'll receive an e-mail confirmation from editor(at)RNA(dot)org with the subject, "RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS - Thank you for your payment."




Finalists & winners


When are finalists announced?
Finalists are typically posted on RNA.org by May 1. Check the site to see if your name appears there.

When are the winners announced?
Winners are notified in June or July and are revealed to the public at RNA's Annual Conference Awards Banquet each fall (usually September).

Are the winning entries published?
When possible, RNA links to winning entries on RNA.org.
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