Frequently asked questions

The online Write-off contests will be opened for registration approximately eight weeks before each convention and will close about three weeks prior to the convention

If a student enters an online contest can he/she also enter an onsite contest?

No. As part of the contest learning experience, students in the online contests must attend a critique session at the same time as the onsite contests. He/she can't be two places at the same time.

I have more newspaper students coming to the convention than there are newspaper categories but I want all my students to have the Write-off experience. What should I do?

As long as other staffs from your school won't be filling the slots, your staff members may enter any literary magazine, yearbook, photography, graphic design, law, online news or broadcast category.

What happens if my student doesn't get his/her photo/layout/broadcast uploaded by the deadline?

Unfortunately, the student will be disqualified. He/she may still attend the critique session to see what others have done, but he/she will not be eligible for awards.

I can't get the payment processed before the Write-off deadline. Can I still register my students?

Yes, as long as your students are registered by the Write-off deadline, payment may come later. While it is better for you to mail the check to JEA headquarters, you may bring a check to the convention and pay at the Write-off desk, if necessary. Payment must be received by the day of the contest.

Do I need to have working emails and passwords for all my registered students?

Yes. This is particularly crucial for students doing online submissions. You might want to write them down as you register them since this is how they will login to get their photography critiques.

I can log on to but can't seem to get into the Write-off system. What do I do?

This is a random, intermittent and generally non-reproducible problem. Email us at so we can manually reset your password.

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