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Congratulations to the Chapter’s 2014-2015 Technical Communication Competition Award Winners

2014 Competition Winner badge

The STC Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter is pleased to present the list of winners for our local Summit Technical Communication competition for which we had 27 entries this year. Entry titles, contributors, and the organizations they represent are shown on http://wdcb.stcwdc.org/prof-dev/competition/competition-winners-2014-2015/. Entries to our competition this year came from Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Czech Republic, Germany, and Italy.

Winners of our chapter competition are entitled to display the appropriate competition award badge to promote their award. Download the badges

Winners of the Distinguished Technical Communication Award and the Excellence Award are eligible to go on to the STC International Summit Awards (ISA) competition. As part of the Distinguished award, the chapter submitted the Distinguished winners to the STC international competition at no cost to the submitters. All winners of the Excellence award may submit their entries using the STC ISA Entry Submission form. Winners in the international competition will be notified before the Society's 62nd Annual Conference Technical Communication Summit to be held 21-24 June 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. There, all winning entries will be displayed, the international Best of Show awards will be presented, and all winners will be honored.

All net proceeds for the WDCB chapter-level competition go into the chapter's operating expenses and award funds.

Best of Show Winner

2014 Competition Best of Show badge

"Category Management: Shopper Mind and Behavior" is the STC Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter 2014-2015 Technical Communication Summit Awards competition Best of Show Winner entered by Bright Line Learning, Marietta, GA. Contributors to this entry are the following:
Adam Crutchfield, Tammy Montero, Kathy Sawyer, and Celeste Murray.

Awards Celebration and Seminar

The winners will receive their awards at the Competition Awards Celebration and 60th Anniversary Kickoff on 5 March 2015.

All winning entries will be on display at the Awards Celebration. You do not need to be part of the competition to attend. You may find some interesting ideas to inspire your work by looking at the winning entries on display.

Please join us in congratulating all the winners of the 2014-2015 competitions.

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Competition Awards Celebration and 60th Anniversary Kickoff

Competition Awards Celebration and 60th Anniversary Kickoff
STC Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter
Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
McLean, VA
Awards Celebration for all judges, competition committee, winners, and guests. All award winners will be on display.

Register on Eventbrite
http://stcwdcb-awards-2015.eventbrite.com/

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First Friday Lunch (Nando’s PERi-PERi in Old Town)

Even if you’re not an adventurous eater, you will find something you like at Nando’s PERi-PERi in Old Town Alexandria. According to a random reviewer on Yelp, it’s a Portuguese-Mozambican-South African flame-grilled chicken restaurant, popular in South Africa and other international locations. It fits right into the DC food scene and is quick to boot, so great for a Friday networking lunch. If you aren’t much into chicken, this writer’s mother highly recommends the Roasted Veggie Wrap. Check out their menu for all of the details.


Your host and our chapter’s new president, Sean Stevenson, is looking forward to chatting with you about career topics big and small. Speaking of size, Sean will likely tower over the other patrons there, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find him. He will also be looking for you and will let the restaurant’s host know that he is expecting a group.


As usual, a ticket on EventBrite is free but lunch isn’t. At Nando’s you pay at the cash register and they bring the food to you. Note that the restaurant is a bit of a walk from the King St. Metro station. You may want to scope it out and see if walking, driving, or taking Uber is the best option for you.


Bom Proveito! (Enjoy your meal.)

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Judging in the STC International Summit Awards Competition

STC and the International Summit Awards committee recognize the ISA judges and other volunteers for their contributions to the STC International Summit Awards (ISA).

To be considered to judge in the ISA, you do not have to be a member of STC. However, judges must meet at least two of the following qualifications:

  • STC Senior Member
  • 5+ years of experience in technical communication or a related field
  • Teaching experience in technical communication or a related field
  • Master’s degree or higher in technical communication or a related field
  • CPTC or other certification by a related professional association, such as Project Management Profession (PMP) or Certified Performance Technologist (CPT)
  • Previous winner of an STC or other communication competition award
  • 3+ years of experience in the competition category in which you would like to judge

How to Apply

To apply as a judge in the international competition, fill out the STC ISA Judge Application (online judge application form). Complete this online form and submit it by February 9, 2015. Judges will be notified of their acceptance around February 15, 2015. If you are accepted as a judge, you will receive information on forms and judging policies.

STC ISA Handbook for Judges

For more information, contact:

Bernard Aschwanden, STC Associate Fellow
ISA Competition Manager
Vice President, Society for Technical Communication
email: email hidden; JavaScript is required
phone: +1 905-833-8448

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Entering the STC International Summit Awards Competition

Local and regional competitions are over and winners have been or will soon be notified of their awards. Distinguished and Excellence award winners are eligible to compete at the International level. Entries must be received no later than 31 January 2015.

International Summit Awards logo

Complete the online form to submit your entry to the ISA Competition at http://summit.stc.org/competitions1/.

Chapters and submitters can send hard copy entries that qualify for the STC International Summit Awards Competition to:

STC International Summit Awards
c/o Elizabeth Bailey
3101 Gaylord Pkwy
Frisco, TX 75034
(469) 365-7340

All entries must be received no later than 31 January 2015.

For information specific to submitting electronic entries, see STC ISA General Information and Rules. Each physical submission must include:

  • Four copies of each entry
  • Completed online entry submission form for each entry (with a printed copy of the completed entry submission form attached to each of the four copies)
  • Payment: Check or online credit card payment made payable to STC. Nonrefundable fee per entry in US dollars only:
    • $75 members
    • $125 nonmembers
    • Add $15 per hard copy entry submission. It is automatically included in the price in the online entry form. When you select Hard Copy, the price will be $90 for members. Posters larger than 11×17″ are exempt from the hard copy fee.

    When paying by check, please mail a printed copy of the online entry submission form with the check made payable to STC to:

    Chris Lyons
    Society for Technical Communication
    9401 Lee Highway, Suite 300
    Fairfax, Virginia 22031

For more information, contact:

Bernard Aschwanden, STC Associate Fellow
ISA Competition Manager
Vice President, Society for Technical Communication
email: email hidden; JavaScript is required
phone: +1 905-833-8448

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Share Yourself with Intercom Readers

Chapter member and First Vice President, Liz Herman, is on the Intercom Advisory Panel. The panel is looking for more STC authors to contribute to Intercom.

Image of February 2015 cover of Intercom

WE'RE LOOKING FOR MEMBERS to contribute a first-person column for a future issue of Intercom. The magazine has a trio of member-focused columns: “My Job” (your day-to-day work), “Off Hours” (discussing your hobby or side gig), and “Looking Back” (historical pieces of interest). My Job takes a look at the day-to-day work of an STC member and what makes the job interesting, fun, or unique. Off Hours is a look at the side jobs and hobbies our members have.
Looking Back focuses on senior members providing perspective earned throughout their career. Would you like to share your story with Intercom readers? Email Marisa Seitz, email hidden; JavaScript is required, for more information, samples, and to volunteer!

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