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Welcome to NCMPR's 2023 Paragon Awards!

The Paragon Awards, sponsored by the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations, recognize outstanding acievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges. It’s the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges.

Review the 2023 Paragons Call for Entries brochure for details about categories, submitting entries and more.

Winners will be announced in March in conjunction with NCMPR's national conference. Details about the conference program will be coming soon.

NOTE: If you have not submitted entries for Medallion and/or Paragon Awards before in the Open Water platform, you will need to create an account. NCMPR's member portal is not tied to the Open Water platform. 


Nov. 3 Extended to Nov. 7: Early Bird
Nov. 17: Regular
All entries must be UPLOADED by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on those dates.

SPECIAL NOTE: Mail-in entires will not required for 2023 Paragons. All categories will be judged online.  


NCMPR Members
Early Bird: $50 per entry (for entries submitted on or before Nov. 7)
Regular: $65 (for entries submitted after Nov. 7)
* To lock in the early-bird rate, payment must be processed on or before Nov. 7. 

Non-members: $100 per entry


  • The creative concept must have originated from a community or technical college or district or state governing organization for two-year colleges. Project execution may be the result of collaboration with an outside agency. Entries may not be submitted through an ad agency; make submissions through a college, district or state governing association only.
  • Entries must have been published, broadcast, displayed and used between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023..
  • Entries must be new designs or publications in the entry year; those that represent previously submitted work with minor modifications will be disqualified. 
  • Entries must be original, creative work without the use of templates that can be customized for individual college use. 
  • A contestant may submit as many entries in each category as desired. The same entry may not be submitted in two separate categories except as noted.


Questions about acceptable formats for entries and/or placement in specific categories should be addressed to:
James Walters, NCMPR Executive Director
(505) 349-0500, ext. 1

* If you are not a member of NCMPR or do not find your college in the drop-down list, contact the national office at (505) 349-0500.