Carmage Walls Commentary Prize to recognize editorial page excellence 2/6/17

"We must have the courage to never connive with special interests against the interest and welfare of the mass of people that we serve. We must have the courage to do that which may be unpleasant in order to maintain the health of the whole being of the newspaper." - CARMAGE WALLS, 1974

Daily and non-daily newspapers are encouraged to nominate their best work for the 2017 Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. If you are having trouble deciding which entries to submit, nominate multiple entries. We don't limit the number of entries an individual can submit.

The only limits: Each entry can include no more than six opinion pieces, editorials or columns on a single subject. Entries must have been published in a daily or non-daily newspaper between May 1, 2016, and April 30, 2017.

Awards will be presented in each of two circulation categories – over 50,000 circulation and under 50,000 circulation. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 5.

In each circulation group, the first-place winner will receive a plaque and a cash award of $1,000. Second-place winners will receive a plaque and $500.

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Roger Chesley and John Hackworth honored with top awards 9/15/16

Roger Chesley, a columnist with The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., and John Hackworth, editor of The Charlotte Sun in Port Charlotte, Fla., took first-place honors in this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize competition.

The awards were presented during an awards breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the News Industry Summit.

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Finalists announced for Carmage Walls Commentary Award 8/16/16

Roger Chesley, John Hackworth, Dink DeSmith and Matt Reed are the finalists for this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize.

The awards (first- and second-place honors in each circulation category) will be presented during an awards breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the News Industry Summit. The winners also will be posted by mid-morning that day on the SNPA website.

Several additional Honorable Mentions also will be announced Sept. 15.

The prize is named for the late Benjamin Carmage Walls whose newspaper career spanned seven decades. Walls primarily owned community newspapers and advocated strong, courageous and positive editorial page leadership.

Awards in SNPA's Print Quality Contest and Photo Contest, as well as the Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award also will be presented at the breakfast.

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40 entries nominated for Carmage Walls Commentary Prize 5/13/16

Forty entries have been nominated for this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. Read the entries and tell us which you feel are the strongest.

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20 entries received in the "under 50,000" circulation bracket 5/12/16

Which entries do you feel are the strongest ... and why?

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Finalists announced for Carmage Walls Commentary Award 9/14/15

David Bloom, Randy Essex, Sharon Grigsby, Charles Rowe and Elsa McDowell are the finalists for this year's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize. Awards to be announced at the News Industry Summit.

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