The Communicator Awards 28th Annual Call for Entries

Communication is Everything

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Enter Now in the 28th Annual Call for Entries   Final Entry Deadline: January 28, 2022.

Honoring excellence in strategic, effective, and meaningful communication across digital, video, podcasts, marketing, mobile, print, and more.

New Categories

How we communicate continues to advance in the connected world in which we live. For this year's competition we've introduced new categories for Virtual & Remote as well as expanded Podcast categories to recognize leading techniques being used throughout the industry. See the categories…

The Academy

Communication is full of heavy hitters.
Our judging body, the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA) includes some of the biggest names in the industry from all areas of marketing and communication. The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts sanctions all judging and maps the strategic direction for the Communicator (this competition), Davey (honoring the best small shops worldwide), and w3 (celebrates digital excellence by honoring outstanding Websites, Marketing, Video, Mobile Sites & Apps, Social, and Podcasts) awards programs. All members of the Academy have demonstrable expertise in the categories they review. Learn About Judging…

Award of Excellence Winners

Communication is respectful of its history.
Congratulations to our past Award of Excellence Winners for their work in representing the very best in marketing and communication. Visit the Winners Gallery…

Poetry Contest

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Calling Maryland poets age 18 and older! Submit a poem to the Enoch Pratt Free Library Poetry Contest for the chance to be published and featured.

Maryland poets, this free contest is for you! The winning poem will be published in Little Patuxent Review and celebrated at a public reading hosted by the Pratt Library and Little Patuxent Review. It may also be displayed at the Central Library or turned into a collectible broadside.

Contest Rules

  • Entrants must be Maryland residents, 18 or older.
  • Paid or volunteer staff of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Little Patuxent Review and their immediate families are not eligible, nor are previous Pratt Library Poetry Contest first-place winners.
  • Please send only one original poem, on any theme and in any form, for consideration.
  • Your entry must be unpublished, either in print or online, including personal blogs, Facebook, or Twitter. It cannot be currently under review for possible publication.
  • Your entry must not exceed 100 lines.
  • Submit your typed entry as a Microsoft Word attachment by email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or by mail to:
    Poetry Contest
    Humanities Department Pratt Library
    400 Cathedral St.
    Baltimore  MD  21201-4484.
  • All entries must be received by Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
  • Please submit your name, address, phone number, and a brief biography on a separate page. Please do not put your name, address, phone number, or biography on the entry itself. Our judges will see only the poem.
  • Confirmation of receipt and comments on your entry will not be provided, nor will your entry be returned to you. These rules are also available on the contest page, where an announcement of the winner will be posted in mid-April: prattlibrary.org/poetry-contest
  • Book title box for Little Patuxent ReviewThe winning poem will be published in Little Patuxent Review and celebrated at a public reading hosted by the Pratt Library and Little Patuxent Review. It may also be displayed at the Central Library or turned into a collectible broadside.

Learn More

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Interested in past winners? Check out the poems that won in previous years. (.pdf)

Help spread the word! Print and share a Poetry Contest flyer (.pdf).


2020-2021 Upcoming TechComm Conferences

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January 2020

  • January 21–22, 2020
    European Meeting of International Society for Medical Publication Professionals theme is precision communication achieving clarity, reach, and value.
    Location: 155 Bishopsgate, London, UK

March 2020

  • March 13–21, 2020
    2020 SXSW (South by Southwest) Conference & Festivals
    Location: Austin, Texas

April 2020

  • April 20–24, 2020 switched to Virtual
    29th International World Wide Web Conference (IW3C)—The Web Conference
    Location: Virtual
  • April 22–23, 2020 CANCELLED
    tekom Conference 2020 Frühjahrstagung in German
    Location: Würzburg, Germany
  • April 23–26, 2020 CANCELLED
    Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) Annual Conference
    Location: Warwick Denver Hotel, Denver, Colorado

May 2020

  • May 17–20, 2020 switched to Virtual
    67th Society for Technical Communication Summit
    Location: Virtual
  • May 17–20, 2020
    American Society for Training and Development 2020 International Conference and Exposition (ATD 2020 #ATD2020)
    Location: Denver, Colorado
  • May 27–28, 2020 CANCELLED
    Evolution of TC 2020 — Innovations in Software Documentation
    Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

June 2020

  • June 8–11, 2020 switched to Virtual
    The 14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-2020)
    Location: Virtual

July 2020

  • July 13–16, 2020 CANCELLED
    NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition 2020
    Location: Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York, New York
  • July 20–22, 2020 switched to Virtual
    IEEE International Professional Communication Conference 2020‐ProComm 2020
    Location: Virtual

August 2020

  • August 3–7, 2020 switched to Virtual
    EduWeb Digital Summit
    Location: Virtual
  • August 9–11, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Write the Docs Portland 2020
    Location: Virtual
  • August 17 for On-Demand material and presentations August 24–23, 2020 switched to Virtual
    SIGGRAPH: Special Interest Group: Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques Conference—Think Beyond
    Location: Virtual

September 2020

  • September 2–4, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Clarity2020: A design systems community conference. Evaluate your skills .inclusion, empathy, technology, creativity, and collaboration.
    Location: Virtual

October 2020

  • October 2–4, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Communication Central 15th annual Be a Better Freelancer®; conference in a continuing partnership with the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) and An American Editor as a lead sponsor.
    Location:Virtual
  • October 2, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) 2020 Annual Conference
    Location: Virtual
  • October 3–4, 2020 switched to Virtual
    SIGDOC 2020 "Broadening the Boundaries of Communication Design"
    Location: Virtual
  • October TBD, 2020 switched to Virtual
    American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) 2020 Medical Writing and Communication Conference
    Location: Virtual
  • October 18–20, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Write the Docs Prague 2020
    Location: Virtual
  • October 21–24, 2020 switched to Virtual
    American Translators Association (ATA) Conference ATA61 with 1,600 attendees from more than 60 countries
    Location: Virtual
  • October 23, 2020
    Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit 2020 of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) DC Chapter
    Location: venue TBD
  • October 25–31, 2020 switched to Virtual
    LavaCon UX: A Virtual Content Strategy Conference with a New Orleans Flare
    Location: Virtual conference

November 2020

  • November 2–7, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Conference 2020
    Location: Virtual
  • November 3–5, 2020 switched to Virtual
    Innovate Learning 2020 Summit of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
    Location: Virtual
  • November 3–5, 2020
    tcworld Conference 2020
    Location: Stuttgart, Germany

February 2021

  • TBD, 2021
    TC Camp 2021. The technical communication unconference.
    Location: TBD

March 2021

  • March 280–31 2021
    Madworld 2021 Technical Communication and Content Strategy Conference.
    Location: Fairmont Austin, Austin, Texas

April 2021

  • April 19–23, 2021
    30th International World Wide Web Conference (IW3C)—The Web Conference 2021
    Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • April 13–18, 2021
    Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) Annual Conference
    Location: St. Louis, Missouri

May 2021

  • May 23–26, 2021
    American Society for Training and Development 2021 International Conference and Exposition (ATD 2021 #ATD2021)
    Location: Los Angeles, California
  • May TBA, 2021
    Evolution of TC 2021 — Innovations in Software Documentation
    Location: TBA

June 2021

  • June 6–9, 2021
    68th Society for Technical Communication (STC) Summit
    Location: Atlanta, Georgia

July 2021

  • July TBD, 2021
    NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition 2021
    Location: Spokane, Washington

October 2021

  • October TBA, 2021
    Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) 2021 Annual Conference
    Location: TBA
  • October TBA, 2021
    Communication Central 16th annual Be a Better Freelancer®; conference in a continuing partnership with the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) and An American Editor as a lead sponsor.
    Location:St. Louis, Missouri