VFW Announces Annual Publications Contest

Submissions to National must be postmarked by April 1

Submissions for Department Contest must arrive at Dept. Headquarters by March 10


 Publication contest entry form

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is now accepting submissions for its 2022 National Publications Contest. VFW publications published up to four times annually, or five or more times annually, will be judged in four categories.
The categories are:
Department-level publications:

  • Newspaper/Newsletter (Defined as being printed on newspaper stock.)

  • Best Feature Story (All publications judged together in this category and submitted separately. The story must be a published article of at least 300 words. It can be originally written by your newspaper/magazine staff or by a freelance writer or be reprinted from a newspaper within your state. Feature articles published in online/electronic newsletters, newspapers, or magazines also are eligible but must be printed in color and submitted via USPS, not email.)

  • Magazine (Defined by physical size and paper stock or designed for online distribution as a PDF. Online/electronic magazines must be printed in color and submitted via USPS, not email.)


District/Post-level publications:

  • Overall Design and Content


Each category will be awarded three places: a grand award (first overall), silver (second overall), and bronze (third overall). Grand prize winners will receive a plaque, and the silver and bronze awards will take the form of a certificate suitable for framing.

The VFW Publication Department’s awards system conforms to that of professional societies within the association publishing industry: National Mature Media Awards, Association Trends, Society of National Association Publications, Society of Professional Journalists, and Communications Concepts. In other words, the same types of awards for which VFW magazine competes.

All entries submitted must have been published sometime between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021.

Examples of eligible subjects for the Best Feature submissions include operations of state VA departments, National Guard/Reserve unit deployments overseas, troop-support activities, Department VFW programs, the dedication of state memorials, and state or local commemorative events for the 50th anniversary of Vietnam. Editorials or opinion articles WILL NOT be considered this year. Articles written by VFW magazine staff and reprinted in District, Post, or Department publications will not be considered. Only one issue per publication will be reviewed by judges. DO NOT send multiple editions, as judges will not review all of them.

All entries may be sent directly to the VFW National Headquarters. Similar to last year, the competition will be open to any submission, not just the winning submissions from the Department level. This is to remove any bias at all levels. One copy of each submission should be postmarked by April 1, 2022, to:

Publications Contest
VFW Magazine
406 W. 34th Street, Suite 523
Kansas City, MO 64111

Department will forward all entries to National.