Each year, KSPA publishes the winning entries from the State Contest to showcase the best journalism by member schools. The May 2018 contest at the University of Kansas was split into two parts: digital submission contests and on-site contests.

The publication of Simply Better is available in this online gallery of images, designs and multimedia work. Prompts for the contest were distributed to member schools about one month before the deadline for digital submission contests. On-site contest participants did not know the topic for their writing or cartooning until they arrived at the contest and read their prompt.

Please know that every effort was made to correctly cite the student journalists and their correct school, category and place in the contest. If you have a correction, please email us at [email protected].

On-Site Contest Winners

Click here for on-site contest winners in the following categories: Newspaper Sports Writing, Editorial Cartooning, Yearbook Copy Writing, Feature Writing, News Writing, Cutline Writing, Editorial Writing, and Yearbook Sports Writing.

Digital Submission Contest Winners

Academic Photography


Headline Writing & Design


News Page Design

Photo Illustration

Sports Photography

Student Life Photography

Yearbook Layout

Yearbook Theme & Graphics