Improve Your Content by Entering the STC Chicago Competition!

The submission deadline for the STC Chicago Chapter’s annual technical communication competition is rapidly approaching (October 27, 2017). The competition is aligned in format and judging with the standards set by the STC International Summit Awards (ISA) competition.

The big prize in this competition is the detailed feedback that every entry receives, from multiple peer reviewers. The competition categories are:

  • Informational Materials
  • Instructional Materials
  • Promotional Materials
  • User Support Materials

Want to improve your content and delivery (online and print)? Competitions like these (wherever you are reading this, note that many STC Chapters hold their own competitions) give you a low-cost option to do just that. The best entries are acknowledged at the annual Chicago awards banquet in March (proudly sponsored by Dakota Systems).

Get all the pertinent information (including entry fees) at the Chicago STC website. Key points include:

  • The competition is open to everyone; entrants are not required to be STC members.
  • The entry must have been produced or substantially revised within the 24 months prior to September 1, 2017 and cannot have been submitted previously to any STC competition.

I entered the competition years ago, won an award, but always was too busy (and involved in projects that stretched out too long) to enter again. Don’t be me – if you did something substantial in 2016-2017, enter it! On the flip side, the Chicago Chapter (and I’m sure all chapters running these regional competitions) are always looking for judges. If you are a technical communicator with a number of years of experience, don’t be shy! Every time I judge, I always gain insights from seeing what my peers are doing.

Pete Wagner
Pete Wagner
Pete is a solutions consultant at Dakota Systems. When he’s not helping folks implement structured authoring, content management and publishing solutions he travels and hikes, brews beer and watches FC Bayern Munich, the world’s greatest football (soccer) club.
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