Texas Managing Editors

Our deepest apologies for the trouble with the contest website. There’s a long explanation about how the host moved, which caused difficulty with our secure site certificate, and how our attempts to resolve things have gone unanswered. The upshot is we’ve managed to get the contest site up by squatting on our webmaster’s domain — three cheers to Trent! You can continue your contest entries through Monday, Jan. 29, at this URL: https://tme-awards.spoffordfamily.com.

We will have a permanent, reliable domain and URL to share with you in 2025. Again, we are sorry for the delay in getting this resolved and sincerely appreciate your patience.

Texas Managing Editors / Headliners Excellence in Journalism Contest

As we prepare to recognize the best Texas journalism and journalists of 2023, we need to make note of some important updates to the Texas Managing Editors (formerly Texas APME) / Headliners Excellence in Journalism Contest. Please read carefully; the contest entry rules, deadlines and payment requirements have changed for the 2024 contest. Categories have not changed. A PDF version of the rules may be reviewed and downloaded here.

CONTEST PERIOD: Entries published between Jan. 1, 2023, and Dec. 31, 2023, are eligible. Continuous series or projects that began in 2023 and conclude by the UPDATED entry deadline of 11:59 p.m. Jan. 29, 2024, are allowed.

DEADLINE: Entries and entry fees will be accepted from Monday, Dec. 18, to Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. Entries must be uploaded electronically by 11:59 p.m., Jan. 29, 2024. If fees are not paid, entries will not be considered.

HOW TO ENTER: We now require electronic filing for all contest entries. Printed newspapers will no longer be accepted. Instead, newspapers should submit PDFs or links to eEditions for the Newsroom of the Year and all other print categories. List staff members’ names as they should appear on awards. Enter the contest at https://tme-awards.spoffordfamily.com. Descriptions of the contest categories and rules are below.

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Enter the 2023 Texas Managing Editor contest

There are important updates to the Texas Managing Editors (formerly Texas APME)/Headliners Excellence in Journalism Contest.

The contest name, some rules, size classifications and deadlines have changed for 2023. The contest categories have not changed. Find the new guidelines at https://tapmecontest.org.

CONTEST PERIOD: Entries published between Jan. 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022, are eligible. Continuous series or projects that began in 2022 and conclude by the entry deadline of 11:59 p.m. Feb. 3, 2023, are allowed. ***NOTE: The deadline has been extended until 11:59 p.m., Feb. 10, 2023.

DEADLINE: Entries must be uploaded electronically no later than 11:59 p.m., Feb. 3, 2023. ***NOTE: The deadline has been extended until 11:59 p.m., Feb. 10, 2023.

HOW TO ENTER: We require electronic filing for contest entries except for printed newspapers that are part of the Newsroom of the Year category. Except as specified in the category descriptions, entries may consist of the digital or print version of a story; both or either versions may be submitted. List staff members’ names as they should appear on awards. Enter the contest at tapmecontest.org.

CONTEST FEES: Fees help pay for the annual convention, scholarships for student journalists and the prizes awarded to top contest winners. There is no fee for college entries. The new rates are $250 for non-daily papers (Class A), $500 for medium-sized dailies (Class AA) and $1,000 for large dailies or equivalent web-only sites (Class AAA). Entry fees must be received by the contest entry deadline of Feb. 3, 2023. Payment may be made online (preferred) or send checks, payable to “Texas Managing Editors” to

Mede Nix, Senior Editor for News
The Dallas Morning News
1954 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX  75201

Submit convention registration fees here.