Call for Summit 2016 Proposals

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STC invites you to contribute your ideas, studies, experience, and expertise at our Technical Communication Summit 2016, the 63rd Annual Conference of the Society for Technical Communication. The Summit is 15-18 May 2016 in Anaheim, California, USA. Anyone with experience in the latest communication techniques, technologies, approaches, and solutions is invited to submit. You are not required to be an STC member to submit a proposal.

Proposals are due by 11:59 PM EDT (GMT-4) on Monday, 21 September 2015. All proposals must be submitted through STC's online submission system.

Please read before submitting your proposal. This is where you'll find the session descriptions and guidelines for the proposals.

For details, see If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee at for more information.

The Technical Communication Summit is an international meeting of professional technical communicators at all levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans. It fosters industry-leading technical communication by stimulating information exchange, cultivating research, and serving as the primary source of education for professional technical communicators. The Summit is a gathering of technical writers, editors, illustrators, managers, information designers, architects, translators, content strategists, instructional designers, usability and user-centered design practitioners, researchers, and students.

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2015 Summit Playback is Now Available for All Full Registrants!

The 2015 STC Technical Communication Summit in Columbus, Ohio, provided attendees with valuable learning and networking opportunities. But you may not have been able to attend all the sessions you were interested in.

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As an added value to your Summit registration, STC is pleased to provide all full Summit registrants with complimentary access to recordings from the 2015 Summit through Summit Playback. Catch up on sessions you didn't have time to attend, review important information about new technologies and trends, and continue your professional development between STC events.

To take advantage of this valuable attendee benefit, visit the Summit Playback website and log in with your account details STC sent you in a recent email. The 2015 recordings will only be available until 31 March 2016, so make sure to log on and watch before then:

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WDCB Chapter’s Website Wins 2015 APEX® Award for Publication Excellence!

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I am pleased to announce that the Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter's website won a 2015 APEX® Award for Publication Excellence in the category of "Websites – 1-2 Person-Produced". Information about the competition is available at

[See the Awards page for information about our previous APEX awards for the 2014 APEX® Award for Publication Excellence in the category of "WordPress Sites", 2009 APEX® Grand Award Winner in the "Web & Intranet Sites; Nonprofit Small Office" category, and won a 2005 APEX® Award for Publication Excellence in the category of “Web & Intranet Site Content & Writing”.]

The Twenty-Seventh Annual Awards for Publication Excellence, APEX 2015, is a competition for communications professionals. The awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the success of the entry in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence. APEX awards of Excellence recognize exceptional entries in each of the individual categories. A total of 1,851 entries were evaluated. Of those entries, 82 APEX Grand Awards were presented to honor outstanding work in 11 major categories; and 749 APEX Awards of Excellence recognize exceptional entries in 100 individual categories.

This year, 1,851 entries were evaluated, in the following distribution:
Newsletters: 139; Magazines, Journals & Tabloids: 390; Annual Reports: 49; Print Media: 120; Electronic Media: 165; Social Media: 76; Websites: 122; Campaigns, Programs & Plans: 135; Writing: 365; Design & Illustration: 212; One-of-a-Kind Publications: 78.

A list of the winning entries is available from Announcing the Winners of APEX 2015 (pdf). Grand Award winners are listed by main category. Award of Excellence winners are listed within each subcategory, alphabetically by organization, or by last name for individual entrants.

Several STC members won awards of Excellence in various subcategories. If you are a winner and you are an STC member, let us know so we can promote your win!

Grand Award

  • One-of-a-Kind Custom-Published Publications: STC 2013-14 Salary Database – Rick O'Sullivan, Society for Technical Communication, Fairfax, Virginia

Awards of Excellence

  • Magazines, Journals & Tabloids – Writing: – Liz Pohland, Society for Technical Communication, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Newsletters Electronic & Email: – Rick Sapir, STC Carolina Chapter, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Newsletters Electronic & Email: – Linda Kelley, STC Chicago Chapter, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Newsletters 1-2 Person-Produced: – Denise Harlow Timpko, Broadlands, Virginia
  • Social Media – Best Series of Blog Posts: – Julie Waxgiser, Nitza Hauser, Wee Shufti, STC NY Metro Chapter, New York, NY
  • Websites 1-2 Person-Produced: – Cynthia A. Lockley and Bonnie S. Driggers, Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment, Adelphi, Maryland
  • Websites 1-2 Person-Produced: – Cynthia A. Lockley, Society for Technical Communication, Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter, Adelphi, Maryland
  • Websites 1-2 Person-Produced: – Rick Sapir, STC Technical Editing SIG, Selma, North Carolina

Congratulations to all winners!


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STC Board Members Can Give Discounts for New Members

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Charles Fisher, as an STC Board member, has $30 off discount codes available for new members. Ask people you meet who are interested in joining STC to contact Charles at to get one.

These codes are good through 9/1/15. Visit for membership information and application forms.

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