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STC Alliance Competition 2020-21
                                                                                                                           What is the STC Competition? (In a nutshell, 2-min. video)

Is your current work our awardee this year?  

  • Did you or your company produce great instruction, information, user support, or promotional content for the web, multiple platforms, and mobile devices?   
  • Did you produce innovative content using AI, chatbots, apps, and websites that turbocharge support and instruction?
  • 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 Alliance Competition (formerly The STC Regional TechComm Competition) is open for entries starting  October 15, 2020. The STC Alliance is a consortium of local and regional chapters including Atlanta, New England, New York, Rochester, South-Central Texas and Washington, DC-Baltimore.  The Deadline for Submission of all entries (online and print) is  January 15, 20216:00 pm EST (UTC-5). 

Why participate?       

  • You have work you’re especially proud of, enter it so your fellow communicators can admire and recognize it.
  • You have work that you’re not quite happy with, enter it to receive the advice and counsel of our experienced judges.
  • In the words of past awardees...

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, New England, New York, Rochester, South Central Texas and Washington, DC/Baltimore 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, flyers, 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 Alliance Competition General Information and Rules (To download, click the arrow,arrow corresponding to the 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 Award Levels 

The STC Competitions will occur at the Local and Regional levels only.  The International Summit competition has been discontinued.  

Be one of the first awardees of these newly designed award badges!
STC Alliance Award Badges
  • 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

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), we reserve the right to charge a shipping fee of $20.00 per entry.

How do I submit an entry?

Step 1   Fill out the Online Entry Form (one for each entry).  

Step 2.  Pay the Entry fee before packing or sending your entry. 

   PAY NOW   Use Paypal or a credit card   (Click this link to pay for 1 or more entries.)   

What are the Fees? 
  • Student -  $50.00
  • Member of allied chapters (ATL-NE-NY- ROC-SCT-WDCB) - $100.00
  • Member - Other chapters and communities - $125.00
  • Non-Member -  $175.00
  • Add a shipping charge of $10.00 for each Physical entry

Step 3.   Submit all entries by the deadline, January 15, 2021, 6:00 pm EDT  

    • If your entries are available in electronic format, (i.e., PDF files, online help, eLearning / mobile learning, interactive videos, CDs and DVDs), 
      • Fill out an online entry form for each entry.
      • Zip and upload your entries to our shared drive. Send an email to Malu Schloss (Entries Manager), who will send GoogleDrive or FTP instructions to you.
      • Or, you can also include your site URL or specific access information in your submission. If Judges need to use userIDs to review your entry, give access to at least 3 judges simultaneously.

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), 
      • Complete an online entry form for each entry.
      • Submit 4 copies of each entry, (print copies, CDs or DVDs). DO NOT combine multiple entries into one submission. 
      • Mail the entries to Malu Schloss (Entries manager) to the address below. Make sure the entries arrive by 6:00 pm EDT, January 15, 2021. 

        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)   

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. 

Malu Schloss,
Oct 29, 2019, 1:58 AM