Essay Contest Now Open!

Update: The essay contest ended March 28, 2016.
Our chapter’s professional members are invited to compete to win a Summit 2016 registration by writing an essay. The winning essay will be published on our TECHcomments blog, and the winner will be invited to be one of the presenters at our September 2016 Summit recap, as well as to post to the blog from Summit 2016.

What do you have to do to win?

Write a 1,000-word essay on one of three topics:

  • How does technical communication intersect with or inform UX?
  • How does technical communication intersect with or inform content strategy?
  • How does technical communication intersect with or inform business processes?

Adhere to the following formatting requirements:

  • Use 1.25-inch margins on the left and right sides of the page.
  • Use 1-inch margins on the top and bottom of the page.
  • Use 1.2–1.5 line spacing.
  • Use Times New Roman 12 point or Arial 11 point.
  • Include a header or footer containing only the member’s STC member ID number [to minimize undue influence on judges], “STC/SM,” a shortened title, and page numbers.

Submit the essay as a Microsoft Word document, .docx, by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016 to [email protected].

We will announce our winner on Monday, April 4, 2016, at 5 p.m. so that the winner has enough time to complete hotel and transportation arrangements.

What restrictions apply?

STC/SM professional chapter members must be in good standing to participate.

STC/SM Executive Council Members are not eligible to participate, but Committee Managers are.

Decisions of the judges are final.

The winner is responsible for all other costs such as transportation, hotel, food, and taxes.

Students are not eligible to participate because student registration is only $200; today’s value for the registration we will be awarding is $1095.

Who are the judges?

Maryann Bowen, Sharon McDonnell, and Pat Martz have volunteered to judge the competition.