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Q: I'm an RNA member. Does it matter if I sign in to the RNA site before I submit my entry?
A: YES. In order to get the discounted member rate, RNA members must sign in before they begin their contest entry form. Forgot your password? Retrieve it here.

Q: Can I submit hard copies?

A: Yes. Books should only be submitted as hard copies. They will not be returned.

Q: What is the publishing date range for the 2019 RNA contests?

Entries published Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible for the 2020 RNA contests. The Chandler student award must be published between May 2019 to April 2020.

Q: Cost to Enter?

View the contest fees by clicking on the category names from here.

Q: How do I submit a payment?

The online entry form includes a payment page where you can pay by credit card or choose "Bill Me" to pay by check (payable to RNA). Accepted credit cards: VISA, MC, DISC, AMEX.
If paying for multiple entrants with the same check: choose "Bill me" on each entry form. Submit check (payable to RNA) with a copy of the invoice(s) to RNA, 30 Neff Annex, Columbia, MO 65211-1200. International entrants: credit card payments required.
All payments must be in U.S. Dollars. Canadian entrants may also submit checks in U.S. currency. Receipts for credit card transactions are available online at the time of purchase. Receipts for checks are available upon request.

Q: My company check isn't ready yet. Can I still enter?

A: Yes. Submit your entry online and choose the "Bill me" option on the payment page. Check payments should be postmarked as soon as possible in order to send the entries to the judges.



Q: May full-time students (high school, undergrad or graduate) enter categories other than the Chandler Award?
A: Yes, full-time students may enter any categories in which they meet eligibility requirements and as long as you submit different material for each entry

Q: Do I have to be a member of RNA to enter?

A: No, but we welcome you to look over our membership benefits and encourage you to join. Plus, members are eligible for highly discounted contest and conference registration fees.

Q: Do I have to be a religion beat reporter to submit an entry?

A: No. Anyone may enter provided the entrant meets the eligibility requirements.

Q: I work outside North America. May I enter RNA’s contests?

Yes. Your entry, however, must be originally published in English to be eligible.
Payment must be in U.S. Dollars.

Q: Why would an entry be disqualified, and what is the process for disqualification?

A: An entry is only disqualified if the entrant doesn't meet our eligibility requirements or doesn't follow entry guidelines. Please read the eligibility rules carefully. If you have a question, you may call RNA to resolve the question in advance. Disqualified entries will not be returned and entry fees will be forfeited.


Q: May I submit more than one entry for the same award?

A: Yes. You may submit up to two entries per category, so long as you submit different material for each entry and pay the entry fee.

Q: May I submit entries for other awards too?
A: Yes. You may enter as many RNA awards as you wish, provided you meet the eligibility requirements for each.

Q: May I submit the same entry for multiple awards?

A: Yes, so long as the entry meets the eligibility requirements for the contests you are entering, and you pay the fees for each contest you enter.

Q: Will I receive confirmation that RNA received my entry?
A: Yes. When your entry is successfully submitted, you'll receive a confirmation via email. Be sure to check your spam folder if you can't locate the message.

Q: Who judges the contest?
A: Judges include former contest winners, religion writers or others with specialized knowledge of religion reporting. Judges may not judge contests in which they have a conflict of interest.

Q: How many finalists/winners will the judges choose?
A: The number of winners and finalists varies, based on the number of entries received. At most, judges select up to 10 finalists and from them, three top winners

Q: When will I know if I’m a finalist?
A: RNA typically posts the finalists on its website no later than June.
If an award category does not exceed a minimum number of entries, no finalists will be listed.

Q: When will I know if I’m a winner?
A: The contest chairman will generally contact winners in June or July. Winners are revealed to the general public each fall at an awards banquet during RNA's Annual Conference.

Q: Do I have to collect my prize in person to receive it?
A: No, but most winners try to attend the awards banquet. If winners are unable to attend, we mail them their check (note: Due to postage increases, RNA only mails checks for winners who cannot attend the banquet). Contact us if you are a winner in need of financial assistance to attend the banquet.

Q: Do you publish past entries?
A: Yes, at, when possible, we link to the winning entries.

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