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 Information

For more information, contact:

Bernard Aschwanden, STC Associate Fellow
ISA Competition Manager
Vice President, Society for Technical Communication
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phone: +1 905-833-8448

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.

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 the STC ISA General Information and Rules on the STC Competitions page. 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
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phone: +1 905-833-8448

The Joy of Entering the 2013-2014 Summit Competition for Technical Communication

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Entry deadline: 7 p.m. Eastern Time,
Friday, 30 November 2013

Now is the time to submit your best work to the scrutiny of your fellow professionals. Consider what you want to enter and get it prepared.

The STC Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter continues to hold a local technical communication competition. This post continues our tradition of presenting some reasons that you might enjoy entering the STC WDCB Summit Competition for Technical Communication.

Are you an award-winning technical communicator?

For those of you who haven’t entered before, let me explain the basics. STC competitions recognize and encourage excellence in online communication and technical publications. Our competition receives entries from DC, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as from other states and from other countries. Washington, DC metropolitan area experts and some remote online judges gather to evaluate the entries in the competition. The judges provide written feedback on the strengths or weaknesses of each entry with reference to a standard in each category. The judges make recommendations that you may apply to future endeavors.

Some of the joys of entering are the pride you have in putting forth your best work, the validation you feel by being measured against the highest standards in our profession, and the opportunity to receive a knowledgeable and thoughtful critique of your entry. As an entrant, you are proud of your accomplishments. You and the judges realize that the final entry represents months of planning, writing, editing, and publishing. Submitting a publication or online entry is a great way to keep growing in a fast-paced industry. Having your decisions and standards recognized by industry experts is real insider validation!

As an entrant, you’ll be invited to our Awards Celebration, where all winning entries are on display. You will be able to see what others in our field are producing. The Awards Celebration is also a place to network with the technical communication community.

Who is Eligible to Enter?

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

What Can You Enter?

Technical, scientific, medical, or similar content for external or internal audiences produced or revised within 24 months preceding 1 September 2013. These include websites, blogs, journals, teaching material, computer software and hardware manuals, books, magazines, periodicals, research papers, posters, scholarly or trade news articles, online help for software applications, and user support materials. Entries may also include marketing and PR material from a technical organization such as brochures, catalogs, flyers, technical advertisements, promotional websites, corporate identity, newsletters, annual reports, policies and procedures, and employee guides. For more information, see the Chapter Competition Entry Rules and the descriptions of the Competition Categories.

Entries by full-time students prepared for and accepted for publication can go on to the international-level competition. (Student entries not prepared for and accepted for publication may still benefit from review by professional technical communicators by entering our local-level competition. Only the chapter’s competition will accept those student entries.)

Good luck!

International_Level Competition Notes

All Distinguished Technical Communication (DTC) and Excellence award winners in the STC local-level competitions are eligible to enter the STC international-level competition, named the “STC International Summit Awards” (ISA). If you think your entry to our competition is capable of going to the international level, be sure to reserve an extra four (4) copies of your entry to send to the international competition.

Winners in the local competition will be notified by email in late January 2014. Local-level Distinguished Technical Communication and Excellence award winners submit to the international competition on their own by 8 February 2014. Submitters who want to participate in the international competition must complete the STC International Online Entry Form, pay the International Competition entry fee, and pay for postage of their entry.

As part of the award for our Best of Show winner (BOS), the chapter will pay the international entry fee expenses. The BOS winner will still need to submit their own entry to international, fill out the online entry form, and pay the fee, which we will reimburse.