Call for Entries for 2013 STC Summit Awards

The Society for Technical Communication, Rochester Chapter Announces Call for Entries for 2013 STC Summit Awards

STC Rochester Chapter invites submissions from individuals, team members, or those submitting on behalf of a colleague to enter a competition for the STC Summit Awards. Entries are accepted from October 1, 2013 to October 16, 2013.

Entries must meet three main criteria. All submissions must contain content to qualify as technical communication, have been produces or substantially revised no earlier than September 1, 2012, and have been originally prepared and accepted for publication by a client, employer, or publisher.

This year—for the first time—STC Rochester is accepting entries via Dropbox. The Society is encouraging electronic submissions as an alternative to paper-based documentation, and STC Rochester has implemented Dropbox submissions as a means of eliminating the need to make and mail multiple copies of your entries for the Rochester competition.  Instructions are included on the Entry Form.

Entry fees vary by level of association with STC; $40 (Student), $75 (Rochester STC Chapter Member), $85 (Other STC Member), and $100 (Non-Members). You can pay this fee by credit card when you register for the competition on through Eventbrite.

The Northeast Ohio Chapter will judge entries in the Rochester Chapter competition, and the Rochester Chapter will judge entries in the Northeast Ohio Chapter competition for a fair,  impartial adjudication.

Competitions are structured on two levels: local/regional competitions, the first level of competition, and Societal (International), the final level of competition. Each competition category offers three levels of recognition: Distinguished Technical Communication, Excellence, and Merit.  Winners of the Distinguished Technical Communication and Excellence awards at local/regional levels are eligible for submission in the Society competition.

For more information, please refer to the General Information and Rules and the Entry Application, both available through this website, You can also contact Doug Eaton, co-chair of the Rochester Chapter Summit Awards Program, at

For more information, please see the documents below.

For Entrants:

  1. The call for entries: RochSTC_Call4Entries2013
  2. General Rules and Info document: isa-general-info-rules
  3. Competition Entry Form (this is a Word form): Roch_SummitEntryApp_2013

For Judges:

  1. isa-entry-assessment-form-overview: A 2-page introduction to the assessment structure and some general instructions for judges.
  2. 2013-stc-isa-handbook-for-judges: Comprehensive guidance tailored for judges in the international competition but absolutely relevant to those in the STC Rochester Summit Awards Program, which uses the same criteria.
  3. local-regional-entry-assessment_2013: The form used to evaluate each entry. Complete in pencil. You can make your commitments during the consensus event.
  4. STCRoch_judgeapplicationform2013: Application to be a judge in the STC Summit Awards Program.

Important Dates:

  • Entries accepted from: October 1, 2013
  • Entry deadline: October 16, 2013 till 5:00 p.m.

Fees per entry: 

Member – STC Rochester chapter $75
Member – Another STC chapter $85
Non-member $100
Student $40

Payment is by credit card. If payment is made by check, make payable to STC Rochester and submit with mailed in entry or, if entry is submitted electronically, mail check to Doug Eaton, 2450 Veley Road, Cato, NY 13033. Write “ATTN: STC Rochester” on the envelope.

Please visit for more information and to purchase your entry ticket.

Note: The entry tickets go on sale on October 1st, 2013 at 12: a.m.