Free Webinar for Competition Judges: Writing Quality Comments for Your Entries

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As a volunteer judge for your local publications competition, you’ve been looking forward to seeing what your peers consider their best work. When you begin looking through the entries that have streamed into your email box and landed with a thud on your doorstep, you realize that the quality of the entries varies immensely. How do you suggest improvements in an entry that seems near perfect? How do you manage suggestions for an entry that seems, frankly, a mess? And how do you remain positive about the vast number of entries that lie somewhere in between?

Aside from receiving an award, entrants consider the comments from judges to be most valuable in improving their entries and their competence as technical communicators. Judge comments make our competition unique from other communication competitions.

The International Summit Awards (ISA) Competition committee can help you write compassionate, meaningful comments as you evaluate competition entries. ISA judge training manager, Dorothy McDuffie, will:

  • discuss how to write positive assessments for your entries
  • explain how to manage the assessment process so that each entry receives adequate attention
  • give examples to illustrate useful entry assessments
  • respond to questions and comments (with other members of the ISA committee)

Do not miss this opportunity to address issues you may have as you prepare to write helpful, worthwhile entry assessments in your local competition.

Dorothy McDuffie is an STC Associate Fellow with over 25 year of experience as a technical communicator. She has judged in the ISA competition, but most of her experience comes from local judging for the New Mexico Kachina and East Tennessee chapters. She has also entered regional and international competitions and is aware of the pitfalls of judging from the viewpoint of the judge and the judged.

Note: This webinar focuses on writing comments regardless of the assessment form used. Thus, questions pertinent to your local competition, such as deadlines, rules, and procedures, should be directed to your competition manager.

Who: All local competition judges, experienced or new
What: Writing Quality Comments for Your Entries Webinar by Dorothy McDuffie
: Saturday, 5 October
: Noon-1:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)
: Via Adobe Connect

No registration is required for this webinar. Simply log in at on the day of the webinar to participate.

Local-Level and International-Level Competition Winners Lists

Links to the winners lists

Chapter-Level Competition

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On 7 February 2013, we announced the 2012-2013 Technical Summit Competition Winners of our Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter’s local-level Technical Summit Competition: The page for the Winners List given in that post was updated to show which winners went on to win at the international level.

A gold star small Gold star marks the winning entries in the International Competition. Six entries from our chapter won International Competition awards this year!

New award ribbons with the chapter’s new logo on the ribbon are also shown on this page. Winners of our WDCB Chapter Technical Summit competition awards may freely duplicate our chapter award ribbons in resumes or company publications, and on Web sites or copies of the winning piece.


International Competition

On 22 May 2013, we announced the chapter’s winning entries that went on to win at the international level:

New STC award ribbons for the international-level competition are available for downloading at Winners of the international level competition may use the STC international award ribbons in resumes or company publications, on websites, or on reproductions of the winning piece. The international ribbons can not be used for chapter-level award winners.


2012 STC International Summit Award Winners from Our Chapter

We previously posted the winners of our chapter’s 2011-2012 Summit Competition.

Some of those winners went on to earn recognition from the 2012 STC International Summit Awards!

The following entries won Awards of Excellence in last year’s International Summit Awards.

  • Pictures of the Future
  • Remote Tank Level Monitoring System Executive Summary
  • Returning Your HughesNet HN9000 or HN9200 Leased Equipment
  • Securing Tomorrow’s Grid
  • Teknos: The Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology

An entry that wins an award of Excellence consistently meets high standards in all areas. The entry might contain a single major flaw or a few minor flaws. The entry demonstrates an exceptional understanding of technical communication

The following entries won Awards of Merit in this year’s International Summit Awards.

  • COSIG Lessons Learned Series
  • Grand Challenges for Biological and Environmental Research

An entry that wins a Merit award consistently meets high standards in most areas. The entry might contain a small number of major or minor flaws, but it still applies technical communication principles in a highly proficient manner.

See the STC site for the historical list of STC International Summit Award winners.