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Preparing files for entry

Completing the entry form

Finalists & winners

Preparing files for entry


If submitting a PDF, combine your documents into one file before submission.


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


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.
Tips for non-members
  • Consider joining RNA for discounted entry fees.
  • 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, c/o Tiffany McCallen, 18687 Sycamore Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050

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 with the subject, "Religion News Association - Thank you for your payment."

Finalists & winners

When are finalists announced?
Finalists are typically posted on by June 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.

Are the winning entries published?
When URLs are provided, RNA links to winning entries on

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