Judge the Competition – 2020 Call for Judges

***Judging for 2020 is completed. Join us in 2021!***

Why should I be a judge for the STC Competition?

We are recruiting judges for the annual STC Chicago Technical Communication Competition. Judges have a unique opportunity to review entries from different categories and industries. Entries can be websites, manuals, help documentation, newsletters, posters, etc. Past entries have come from industries as diverse as aerospace, manufacturing, agricultural, software, and medical associations. Reviewing such different work can be educational as well as inspiring. You also get to interact with other judges and benefit from their experience.

How does judging work?

Judges are placed in two- to three-member teams with a designated team lead. The team members receive three to five entries that must be reviewed over approximately a six-week period. Each judge reviews the entries using a four-page form that highlights different elements of technical communication. Responses are shared within the team and modified if necessary. Once the judging team agrees on an award level for an entry, the team lead communicates with the judging coordinator.

Where do I sign up?
Send an email to competition@stc-chicago.com with the following details:

  • Name
  • Email address (one that you can accept/send attachments from)
  • City and state of residence
  • Phone number
  • Are you entering the competition? Or is anyone from your company entering the competition? If so, please let us know your company name.

When is orientation and how will I get my entries?

Judges’ orientation will be held via a GoTo Meeting session on Sunday, October 25, 2020.
Online judging teams will be sent their entries via email. Other judges will need to arrange to pick up their entries on or prior to October 25. Details will be sent out at a later date.
Judging takes place October 26 to December 13.
*Note that dates are subject to change.*


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