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Class Descriptions: Publishing

Each entry requires an entry form and supplemental information document (2-page maximum). For details, see the general rules and regulations.

Online submissions only. No physical entries.

Judging for Classes 19-24 and 26:

Content is engaging, appropriate, and well-organized with a logical flow: 20%
Publication fulfills stated purpose: 30%
Writing is clear and concise with good grammar and appropriate punctuation: 20%
Overall appearance (including cover design) is appropriate and engaging: 10%
Publication follows design principles and includes appropriate typography and engaging illustrations/photographys: 20%

Judging for Class 25:

Appropriate reading level--20%
Organization and logical flow--20%
Grammar and punctuation--20%
Titles, heads, and subheads--10%
Preserved and improved intent--10%
Fulfills purpose--20%

Class 19 — Newsletters. Submit at least three issues of a newsletter directed to a specific audience (in-house or external). Newsletters may be educational, informational, or promotional; photocopied or offset printed; and digital or electronic.

Class 20 — Magazines and periodicals. Submit at least two issues of a monthly, bimonthly, quarterly or semiannual magazine or periodical. They should be those prepared in a popular style for broad audiences. All must have a date and/or volume number indicated.

Class 21 — One- to full-color popular publications. Provide one URL of one copy of a single publication or three separate URLs for a set of up to three titles written in a popular style for a broad or specific audience. Subjects may include agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, family living, research, youth and related subject matter. Entry may be a bound, stapled, stitched or folded publication. This class does not include magazines and periodicals as described in Class 20.

Class 22 — Technical publications. Submit one copy of a publication prepared as a research report, special publication, scholarly journal, brochure or other printed material focusing on research. The audience may be scientists in agricultural or related research, professional workers in education and industry, or others interested in technical subjects.

Class 23 — Special reports. Submit one copy of a published report produced annually or only once. Entries may include agency reports or Experiment Station and Extension Service reports that summarize activities or work within one or more specific subject areas.

Class 24 — Promotional publications. Submit one copy of a publication, typically a brochure, flier or pamphlet, created for promotional purposes. The publication should be designed to encourage public acceptance or to foster positive reaction.

Class 25 — Editing. Entries may be book manuscripts or publications in which the entrant's contribution is substantive editing. If the entry is a publication, submit a copy of the original manuscript and a copy of the edited manuscript (does not necessarily need to show editing marks). If the entry is a book, submit copies of the original manuscript and the edited manuscript for the table of contents, first chapter and a chapter of your choice.

Class 26 — Electronic publications. An electronic publication differs from a website, database or other electronic data in that, regardless of length, it could be or has been published under a single title as a fact sheet, circular, bulletin, newsletter, book, handbook, etc. It is not necessary for an electronic publication to have a paper equivalent, but the electronic document must be produced for onscreen delivery with obvious attention to the format, layout, text and font for enhanced usability/readability. Electronic publications will be evaluated on overall ease of use, design, editorial quality, content delivery, appropriate use of electronic techniques and appeal to the intended audience. A publication may be resubmitted in succeeding years if a description is included indicating how the publication has changed from the previous version. An electronic publication may combine text from numerous print documents to become an independent onscreen publication, or it may be a publication converted from a paper-only document with adaptations for electronic delivery.

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