Competition Awards Celebration and Networking Night

Celebrate with us as we complete the STC WDCB Summit Competition for Technical Communication with a meal, an awards ceremony, and plenty of time to get to know other local technical communication professionals. The award-winning entries will be on display so that you can see some of the best work in our profession and read snippets of what our judges had to say. All winners will be invited to share the secrets to their success when they receive their awards. This will be a great opportunity to broaden your network and make new friends.



  • Crostini with Sweet Red Peppers
  • Italian Meatballs
  • Mozzarella Caprese Bites

Entrée Choices

  • Gnocchi
  • Salmon Filet
  • Meat Lasagne

Dessert Table

  • Tiramisu
  • Italian Layered Cake
  • Black Forest Cake

Meals also include:

  • House Salad
  • Bread
  • Soft Drinks and Iced Tea
  • Coffee and Hot Tea

Cash Bar

Metro Proximity

The restaurant is 0.3 miles, a 7-minute walk, from the Bethesda Metro station on the Red line. When you get to the top of the escalator, head north on Wisconsin Avenue. Turn left onto Old Georgetown Road. Make your third right onto Fairmont Avenue. The restaurant is on the right.

Parking Tips

Besides street parking, the best garage is the one in the Fairmont Building right across the street from the restaurant at 4975 Fairmont Aveneu. It is $5 for the night when you enter after 5 p.m. and it closes at 11 p.m.

The Woodmont Corner Garage is at 7739 Woodmont Avenue and is directly behind Positano, with entrances on Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue. However, this could be a complicated walk due to construction nearby. The cost is $0.80 per hour until 10 p.m. From the Woodmont Corner garage, walk out to Old Georgetown Road and turn right when you get to the sidewalk. Turn right onto Fairmont Ave and Positano is on the right.

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Competition Consensus Meeting

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Judges discuss their comments with their team members to determine the final ratings of each entry (Distinguished, Excellence, Merit, or no award). Lead Judges and Team Judges then choose the Best of Category for each of their categories.

Attendees: Judging Manager, Lead Judges, Team Judges, Entries Manager, Competition Manager.

Map and Directions: Directions to the Arlington Central Library

Parking: Parking is free on weekends and the library is walking distance from two Metro stations on the Orange line. Virginia Square station is 0.19 miles away and Ballston station is 0.25 miles away. Central Library has a 5-Minute Drop Off area in front of the Library on North Quincy St. Free 2-hour parking is available in the parking garage and surface lots near Central Library. Library patrons can request an extended parking pass from the Reference Desk. Parking passes are not necessary on the weekends.

Metrorail: Balston-MU on the Orange and Silver lines
Virginia Square on the Orange and Silver lines

(For all Metro stations, see the Metrorail Stations page. For a map of the station and surrounding neighborhood, click on the PDF in the Entrances / Evacuation Maps box. For the full Metro system of lines, see the Metrorail map.)

Ann Ray, Judging Manager
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Richard Bogacz, Competition Manager
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If you are unable to attend, please let Ann Ray know as soon as possible.

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WDCB 2016 Technical Communication Competition Deadline is in Four Weeks!

You still have time. There are four weeks left to enter the WDCB 2016 Technical Communication Competition. The entry deadline is 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, 28 October 2016. For information, rules, and entry forms, go to

Anyone is eligible to submit entries. You can be a student or a professional. You may enter work as an individual or on behalf of a colleague or member of your department. You do not have to be a member of STC.

As an extra incentive, the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter is hosting the 2017 Summit in National Harbor, Maryland. Distinguished winners of the STC International Summit Awards (ISA) will be on display in the exhibit hall. Here's the chance for ISA winners from the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas to show your friends and family what great work you do. Bring your whole team to the conference or bring them for a day of roaming the exhibit hall to share the honors of winning an STC ISA award of Distinguished Technical Communication.

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Please consider entering your work.

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The Joy of Judging

We are Looking for Competition Judges!

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Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic States
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Judge Applications are now being accepted. We will accept judge applications through 3 November 2016.

If you are ready to experience the joy of judging, we need your help.

Entries are arriving for the Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) chapter's 2016 Summit Competition for Technical Communication. Would you like to see them? Are you ready to help evaluate them? If you think you may be, here's a brief summary of what's in store.

The Call for Entries in our technical communication competition was announced on 8 August. More announcements about the competition will appear in websites, blogs, tweets, and lists. The competition is coming together but we can not hold it successfully without the commitment of a group of qualified and enthusiastic judges. We recruit judges from among professional communicators in the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas, and beyond. Membership in STC is not a requirement.

Judges Training

The deadline for entries is 28 October 2016. Between 28 October and 3 November, entries are logged and team judging assignments are made for each competition category. The entries are sorted into packages for each team on 3 November for the Entries Pick-Up and Judges' Training meeting.

On Saturday, 5 November, the judges assemble to receive their judging materials, entries, and instructions. They meet the other members of their judging team, get training from experienced judges on how to evaluate an entry, and have their questions answered.

Judging Teams and Consensus Judging

Over the next five weeks, judges read and examine their assigned entries. They discover—or rediscover—the joy of encountering excellence in published manuals, reports, training materials, journals, brochures, marketing and PR materials, magazines, help systems, websites, user support materials, and more. As they begin to form opinions and record their evaluations in the judging forms, the judges apply all the knowledge and experience at their disposal. They prepare their comments for the entrants and a defense of their decisions for the consensus meeting.

On Saturday, 3 December 2016, the judges meet again to discuss the entries and decide which ones deserve an award based on specified criteria. Entries are not judged against each other. Some entries stand out as award winners; others elicit debate. The judges relish the opportunity to compare notes on design, presentation of information, layout, and overall quality of an entry. When a judging team reaches a consensus about an entry, they assign an award level and nominate one or more of their Distinguished Technical Communication awardees for consideration as the Best of Show. The Best of Show judging team then selects the Best of Show and the Best Student Entry. Veteran and new judges leave the Consensus Meeting with a sense of a job well done. They have judged the work of their peers and shared their passion for excellence in communication. Many are eager to do it all over again in future years.

Thank you!

For questions, contact the competition manager, Richard Bogacz, at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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