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Call for Entries - Deadline: December 2019 TBA

STC Regional TechComm Competition

What was the most compelling TechComm example you have seen recently?
Did you or your company produce great instruction, information, user support, or promotional content for the web, multiple platforms and mobile devices?   Was the content substantially revised within 24 months prior to September 1 of the current year? Help us recognize the best among us.

The STC Regional TechComm Competition (Atlanta, Houston, New England, New York, Philadelphia, and Rochester) will open for entries starting  October 16, 2018. The Deadline for Submission of all entries (online and print) is TBA, December 20196:00 pm EST (UTC-5). 

Why should you enter?
In the words of past awardees...

  • Winners receive awards and tangible recognition of achievement
  • All entrants receive detailed evaluations from the judges; this objective peer evaluation supports continuous improvement
  • Awardees validate their methods and earn visibility 

Who can enter?

The competition is open to anyone (student or professional) who produces technical communication, training, or content for the web and other devices. Membership in the Society for Technical Communication (STC) is not a requirement, and you don't have to belong to the STC Atlanta, Houston, New England, New York, Philadelphia or Rochester chapters. You may enter work as a team, an individual, or on behalf of a colleague. 

What can be entered?

Enter your best work in the following categories:

  • Instructional Materials train users on skills and knowledge using solutions like eLearning, mobile learning, workbooks, wikis, social media, facilitator guides, instructional animations, videos, student guides, tutorials, and webinars.
  • User Support Materials provide information for the user in performing specific tasks for independent use including performance support, online help, mobile help, job aids, quick start or reference guides, reference documents, user guides, and websites.
  • Promotional Materials market or promote a product, company, individual, or event that aim to persuade the audience to some action, using integrated figures and text. Examples may include websites, brochures, catalogs, fliers, and posters.
  • Informational Materials inform the user without a specific call to action. Examples may include annual reports, articles, books, error messages, magazines, newsletters, periodicals, posters, research papers, and websites.
Entries are subject to the rules that are defined in the STC Regional Competition General Information and Rules (To download, click the arrow,arrow corresponding to the Regional Competition Guidelines pdf file at the bottom of this page.)  Entries must meet the following requirements:
  • Contain sufficient technical, scientific, medical, or similar content to qualify as technical communication
  • Have been produced or substantially revised within the past two years
  • Have been originally prepared for and accepted for publication by a client, employer, or publisher. 

Competition Levels (Regional and Local)  

For 2018-19, the STC Competitions will occur at the Local and Regional level only.  There will be no International level competition this year.  
Regional competition entries can earn the following awards in descending order:
  • Best of Show - One Best of Show award can be given by the judges every year. 
  • Distinguished Technical Communication - Clearly superior in all areas. The entry contains no major flaws and few if any, minor flaws. It applies the principles of technical communication in an outstanding way, particularly in the way that it anticipates and fulfills the needs of its audience. 
  • Excellence - Consistently meets high standards in all areas. The entry might contain a single major flaw or a few minor flaws. The entry clearly (if slightly imperfectly) demonstrates an exceptional understanding of technical communication principles.
  • Merit - Consistently meets high standards in most areas. The entry might contain a small number of major or minor flaws, but it still applies technical communication principles in a highly proficient manner.

Go Electronic!

STC strongly encourages all entrants to submit the online version of their content or send URLs because:

• Uploading online entries is faster and cheaper for entrants
• There is less risk of damage to entries if sent online
• Distribution of entries to Judges can be done more quickly and at lower costs
will receive instructions to upload entries via google drive or FTP.

There is a shipping charge for all physical entries 
of $10.00 per entry. For “big and heavy” print materials (those that cannot be sent via standard USPS priority packaging), the shipping fee is $20.00 per entry.

When is the deadline for entry submission?
All entries should arrive by 6:00 pm EDT on December 12, 2018.

How do I submit an entry?

  1. Fill out this Online Entry Form (one for each entry).  
  2. Pay the Entry fee before packing or sending your entry. You can pay online.
  • Pay for Electronic entries using a credit card or a PayPal account: Click the appropriate link below:
    • Pay for Physical entries and a shipping charge of $10.00 per entry. NOTE: These rates assume that your print material can be sent via Priority flat rates and envelopes available at the post office. If your print material is bigger and heavier than what typically can be sent via USPS flat priority rates, please double the shipping charge or pay $20.00 per entry.

      If you have 2 or more physical entries, pay additional shipping through the  last links below:

3. Submit the entries by 6:00 pm on December 12, 2018You have 2 options for submission:
    • ONLINE: If your entries are available in electronic format, (i.e., PDF files, online help, eLearning / mobile learning, interactive videos, CDs and DVDs), then zip and upload your entries.
  • Send an email to Scott McCoy, Online Entries Manager, who will send GoogleDrive or FTP instructions to you.
  • For each entry, you must fill out the online entry form.
    • PHYSICAL: If you have physical entries, (i.e., hardcopy,  CD/DVDs, manuals, books, publications, posters or brochures and you are unable to upload your entries), mail the entries to Malu Schloss (Physical Entries manager) to the address below.

      Malu Schloss
      808 Broadway, Suite 601
      New York, NY 10003-4842
      (To contact Malu Schloss, email: Malu Schloss, competition@stcnymetro.net , phone: 917.312.1567) 

      1. Complete an online entry form  for each entry.
      2. Submit 3 copies of each entry, (print copies, CDs or DVDs). DO NOT combine multiple entries in to one DVD.
      3. Make sure they will arrive at by 6:00 pm, December 12, 2018.

Volunteer to be a Competition Judge

Our experienced judges are the backbone of the competition. Each year, some judges move up to Team Leader positions, and we continually train new judges.  If you are interested in volunteering to judge, read more on the Call for Judges page and volunteer by filling out the online judges information form. Returning judges are asked for updates on changes.