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The 2014 Paragon Awards

NCMPR's prestigious Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. It's the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges.

Winners hail from large, multicampus districts and small institutions, from large staffs with healthy budgets and from one-person shops with limited resources. All of them demonstrate that creativity, originality and unique approaches to problem-solving set the winners apart.

Winner's in this year's competition will be announced at the 2015 national conference, scheduled March 22-24 in Portland, Oregon.

Entry Deadlines (NEW!)

Oct. 1 Early Bird
(entries must be postmarked on or before Oct. 1)

Oct. 15 Regular
(entries must ARRIVE by Oct. 15)

IMPORTANT! Please note that these deadlines have been moved up two weeks. This is to ensure that winners can be notified in early January.

Entry Fees

$30 per entry (Early Bird)
$35 per entry (Regular)
$65 per entry (Nonmembers)

Call for Entries Brochure

Read the CALL FOR ENTRIES for complete details about what to enter, how to enter and where to send entries. A printed copy of the brochure will be arriving soon in your campus mailbox.

IMPORTANT! This year, for the first time, your Paragon entries will be submitted using the BetterBNC Media Awards Platform. Please read the "New Submission Procedures" on Page 2 of the Call for Entries brochure for a step-by-step guide to submitting your entries.

Note These Major Changes!

  • Submission process is brand-new.
  • Entry deadlines have been moved up two weeks.
  • There's a smaller number of mail-in only categories (20).
  • There's an expanded number of electronic-only categories (29).
  • Two categories (Novelty Advertising and Wild Card) are EITHER mail-in or electronic-only.
  • All "Campaign" categories must now be submitted electronically. No mail-in submissions and no three-ring binders.


Call Debbie, Connie or Lawanna in the national office:
(505) 349-0500


This link takes you to the BetterBNC site, where you can log in to submit entries, edit entries and pay for entries.

The first time you log in, enter your temporary password -- bnc -- and you will be prompted to create a secure password and enter your contact information.

Call for Entries Brochure

Includes everything you need to know to submit your entries.