The Fourth Estate Award Call for Entries

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The Fourth Estate Award is presented annually by The American Legion to a publication, broadcast organization, and online (Internet-based) media for outstanding achievement in the field of journalism. Winners are expected to attend the presentation of the award at the American Legion 100th National Convention which will be held August 24 – 30, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A $2,000 stipend accompanies each award, to defray expenses of the recipients accepting the award at The American Legion National Convention in August. Individual award pylons are presented to the principal contributors, in addition to a large organizational award.


The deadline for entry is March 1, 2018.


There is no entry fee

Download entry form .pdf

Submit Fourth Estate Award entries to:

The American Legion
Media & Communications
Attn: John Raughter
700 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Entry Rules

Entries must have been published or broadcast during the calendar year immediately preceding the date the award is given.

Subject matter must deal with a topic or issue of national interest or concern; submissions must include documented evidence or a statement from the entrant describing how the work brought about change for the better or had a positive, measurable societal impact. Each entry must include a cover letter explaining the entry.

Originals must be submitted for all print entries. Audio CD for radio entries and DVD, digital format or website for television entries are required. Internet media products should include print pages of applicable sites as well as the URLs. Individuals, publications, and broadcast organizations may submit as many entries as they like, but each entry must be accompanied by its own cover letter on company letterhead with the signature of the submitting authority, the submission form and any supporting documentation.


All entries will be judged by members of The American Legion Media & Communications Commission. All entries become the property of The American Legion. Non-winning entries will be discarded unless specific return instructions have been provided.

Past Winners

The Fourth Estate Award has been given annually by The American Legion since 1958. All winners from 1958 through 2017 are listed at the bottom of The Fourth Estate Award page.

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ClearMark Awards Call for Entries

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The Center for Plain Language (CPL) announces the opening of their annual ClearMark Awards. With the ClearMark Awards, the CPL sets a high standard for clarity and simplicity in the documents created by North American companies, governments and organizations.

See the ClearMark Awards page for more information about the awards, past winners lists, and the list of 2017 sponsors.

English and Spanish awards are given in twelve categories:

  • Digital – Websites
  • Digital – Apps and Microsites
  • Digital – Emails and Newsletters
  • Letters and Correspondence
  • Posters, Charts and Fliers
  • Infographics
  • Brochures – Up to 10 pages
  • Brochures – More than 10 pages
  • Legal Documents
  • Forms, Applications and Statements
  • Before and After – Digital
  • Before and After – Print

The 2018 Awards competition will be open for submissions from Jan. 1-31, 2018. See the submissions page for submission requirements.

See the judging criteria page for more information about how each submission is reviewed and rated.

Read about the 2017 English language and Spanish language ClearMark Judges.

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APEX Awards 2018 Call for Entries

APEX 2018 Call for Entries Announced!

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APEX Awards 2018 thirty-year anniversary logo.

The 30th Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence
An Annual Competition for corporate and nonprofit publishers, editors, writers, and designers who create print, Web, electronic and social media

Entry deadlineFebruary 1, 2018.

To enter APEX 2018, use the online Easy Entry Form. No need for typewriters or filling out the form by hand. No packing or shipping charges, either.

For more information, see the APEX FAQs and the APEX online entry Q&A.

The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence are a great way to gain the recognition you deserve. Many STC members and office staff have entered the APEX Awards competitions over the years and many have won. Our chapter website even won a coveted Grand Award in 2009 for an earlier design.

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It’s Not Too Late to Enter the WDCB Competition by 27 November!

You still have time.

The extended deadline to enter the WDCB 2017 Technical Communication Competition is 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, 27 November 2017. For information, rules, and entry forms, go to

Graphic of the 2017 Technical Communication Competition award badges for BOS and Winner.

If you’ve ever driven across the West, you’re familiar with the signs that say "Last gas station for 300 miles. Fill up now." The Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter’s competition is the last STC competition you can enter this year. The five other STC U.S. chapter / regional competitions had earlier deadlines and are either completed or finishing up.

Get recognition for your hard work and useful feedback from the judges. Enter today.

Anyone is eligible to submit entries. You do not have to be a member of STC. 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.

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