Entries in the first four classes — writing for newspapers, writing for magazines, writing within a specialized publication and promotional writing — must include the article as submitted and one clipping or copy of the article as printed. Include the name and location of the publication and the date published.
Entries in Class 5, script writing for visual media, must include a copy of the script as written as well as a copy of the finished product, along with a date and description of the circumstances of its completion or initial presentation.
Entries in Class 6, writing for the Web, must include the URL of the Web page.
For all classes, include other pertinent supporting information in the supplemental information document. Judging will emphasize writing quality, not the technical quality of the surrounding publication or finished electronic product. Content, organization, writing style and proper format will be considered. In Class 5, technical elements that usually are written into a script (such as natural sound or visual images) also will be considered.
All writing category entries must be submitted online. No physical entries may be shipped.
Judging (all writing categories): Content 25%, Writing quality 25%, Creativity 25%, Writing style 25%
Class 1 — Writing for newspapers. Submit one article published in a daily or weekly newspaper. Online submissions only.
Class 2 — Writing for magazines. This includes articles in magazines and newspaper supplements that use a magazine format. Online submissions only.
Class 3 — Writing within a specialized publication. This includes writing for internal or external publications and audiences, for newsletters, annual reports, books, guide sheets, instruction booklets and other publications, except those that fit into the promotional writing class. Online submissions only.
Class 4 — Promotional writing. This includes copy for promotional brochures and catalogs, development/solicitation letters, legislative communications, advertisements and other promotional or marketing efforts. Online submissions only.
Class 5 — Script writing for visual media. This includes television, videotapes and slide presentations. Include the script and finished product. Online submissions only.
Class 6 — Writing for the Web. Submit one article published on the Web, including the URL. The writing in Class 6 must be original content intended for online readership (i.e., not simply a PDF page or news release posted to the Web). Online submissions only.