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Announcing the Winners

Questions and Answers About APEX 2014
The Twenty-sixth Annual Awards for Publication Excellence Competition
Sponsored by the Editors of Writer's Web Watch,
published by Communications Concepts, Inc.
Best Practices in Print, Web & ePublishing

How were awards presented?
APEX 2014 awards were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of the entry -- in the opinion of the judges -- in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence.

Naturally, entries in design categories were judged solely on the basis of their graphic design, and writing entries were evaluated primarily on the basis of editorial quality.

How many entries were there? How many awards were given?
2,075 entries were evaluated, in the following distribution:
Newsletters: 164; Magazines, Journals & Tabloids: 493; Annual Reports: 82; Print Media: 127; Electronic Media: 169; Social Media: 103; Websites: 115; Campaigns, Programs & Plans: 144; Writing: 367; Design & Illustration: 215; One-of-a-Kind Publications: 96.

A total of 100 APEX Grand Awards were presented in 11 major categories to honor the
outstanding works in those categories.

832 APEX Awards of Excellence recognize excellence in
122 individual categories.

For the number of awards presented in each individual category, please see Announcing the Winners of APEX 2014 (pdf).

Is there a list of winning entries?
Yes. See Announcing the Winners of APEX 2014 (pdf).
Grand Award winners are listed by main category.
Award of Excellence winners are listed within each subcategory, alphabetically by organization, or by last name for individual entrants.)

 


How and when will I receive
printed Awards and/or notifications?

Complete information, including the Announcing the Winners Awards report, mails to all entrants by the second week in June, via 1st Class Mail (in 9x12" heavy-duty white photomailers with "APEX AWARD NOTIFICATION" stickers.) Please allow up to a week to 10 days for receipt, and perhaps a bit more time for Canadian and overseas addresses.

Winning entrants also receive Award of Excellence certificates. They are included with the mailing. Grand Award winners receive Grand Award plaques, shipped separately -- by UPS to street addresses in most cases, and, in rare cases, by Parcel Post to P.O. box addresses.

NOTE: If you won both a Grand Award and an Award of Excellence, your Grand Award ships by UPS, and your Award of Excellence by postal mail. They normally ship separately, and arrive under separate cover, typically on different days.
 


Can I see some of the winning entries online?

Yes. You may view a selected number of the winning website entries online. You'll find brief descriptions and links to those selected winning sites. You may also read comments about -- and link to websites of -- most of the 100 APEX 2014 Grand Award Winners, as well as the APEX 2013 Grand Award Winners, and most earlier winners back through 2001.

How can I publicize my APEX awards?
Here are a few suggestions.

I won an APEX award. Can I display the APEX 2014 logo in my winning publications and websites?
Yes! APEX Award-winners receive logo stats with their award(s) in various formats.  Click here to download the APEX 2014 logo files.

 


How can I order more award certificates?

I'd like to order additional APEX Certificates for my staff, co-workers and vendors who contributed to the winning entries. What's the easiest way to do that?

Click on the APEX 2014 Additional Certificates Order Form (pdf) to download and print it out. You can mail the order form with payment, or fax it with your credit card authorization to 703/643-2329.
(If you prefer, you may scan the completed form and marked-up certificates, and email them to info@ApexAwards.com.)  Payment must accompany your order. Certificate orders cannot be phoned in.

Or you can use the APEX Additional Certificates order form on the outside back cover of the printed 28-page Announcing the Winners of APEX 2014 booklet mailed to all APEX 2014 participants.

The easiest and best way to order more certificates is to photocopy the original certificate and clearly write in the new names of contributing staffers, vendors or clients that you want to appear on the new certificate. Then simply send the photocopy with your order form and payment.

Mail the order form with payment, or fax it with your credit card authorization to 703/643-2329. Payment must accompany your order.
 

PLEASE PRINT C L E A R L Y ! ! !

Certificate orders cannot be phoned in. To ensure accuracy, please mail or fax your certificate order. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery.

Can I send a check or credit card payment for my certificate order? Yes. Please enclosed a check or credit card authorization if you mail your order, and a credit card authorization if you fax your order.

To whom should I make the check payable?
To Communications Concepts, Inc.

If you pay by credit card, the charge will appear on your credit card statement under APEX, or under our company name, Communications Concepts, Inc. -- or both! Your credit card company may even abbreviate (a.k.a., mangle :-) our company name to something like "APEX AWARDS CONCEPTS, or "COM CONCEPTS APEX" or "COM CONCEPTS INC".

Do I need your federal I.D. number?
No, you do not. Since Communications Concepts, Inc. is a corporation, you are not required to obtain a 1099 tax form from us.

And since Communications Concepts, Inc. is a corporation, you are not required to obtain Concepts' federal I.D. number in order to send an APEX entry fee, order additional certificates, subscribe to our free e-newsletter, Writer's Web Watch, or purchase special reports or services.

To minimize identity theft, we do not publish our federal I.D. number.
Canada GST-exempt.


 


APEX Award notes

How competitive were the entries?
Very. Each year, the quality of entries increases. Overall, this year's entries displayed an exceptionally high level of quality. The APEX judges saw only the most promising publications that professional communicators could enter. From them, they had the truly challenging task of selecting the award-winning entries.

Did low-budget entries stand a chance?
Yes. Many of the winning entries in APEX 2014 were inexpensively produced. The APEX judges often were more impressed by the quality of creative ideas and concepts shown by entries than they were by the expense entailed in their execution.

Many of the award-winning entries in this and earlier APEX competitions were classic examples of good ideas, imaginatively executed, despite limitations due to tight budgets, limited resources and smaller staff.

Who are the APEX judges?
The panel of judges includes John De Lellis, Concepts Editor & Publisher; Kenneth J. Turtoro
, noted circulation executive and Marketing Director with the New York agency, Shain+Oringer, Christine Turner, Contributing Editor of the Writing That Works Archives and Bill Londino, Consulting Editor of Writer's Web Watch. 

What does Communications Concepts, the APEX sponsor, do?
Communications Concepts, Inc. helps publishing, PR and marketing professionals improve their publications and communications programs.

Concepts has published Writer's Web Watch and its predecessors since 1984. Writer's Web Watch is an authoritative e-newsletter on print, Web, electronic and social media. Concepts also publishes WritingThatWorks.com, a website for business writers and communicators, and the Writing That Works Archives, a resource on practical writing, editing and publishing for corporate, nonprofit, agency and independent communicators.

In addition, Concepts provides consulting services to organizations in the communications field.

APEX ALERTS

News...APEX Award Winners have been announced for APEX 2014, the 26th Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence.

All entrants receive notifications, results and full background information by postal mail in the first three weeks of June. Results also are posted here on the ApexAwards.com site.

If you need an additional receipt for your entries, please complete the easy online receipt form.

 
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APEX UPDATES

To be notified of any APEX news or updates, just sign up to receive our free email newsletterWriter's Web Watch.
• If you wish to recognize participating staff and vendors for previous APEX winning entries, you can order additional APEX Award certificates.
• Award winners may download the APEX logo to display on their websites and in their publications.

APEX BLOG
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The judges comment on the APEX® Awards, as well as writing, editing, publishing and media topics.

WINNING IDEAS FROM APEX

See top award-winning APEX entries below.

GREAT-WEST RETIREMENT SERVICES PARTICIPANT WEBSITE REDESIGN
Great-West Retirement Services Participant Website Redesign -- Kedra Hood, Great-West, Greenwood Village, CO ... "These folks know their audience -- employees with at least some computer literacy. The website's home page has an iPad/apps look to it -- very effective, very well organized. The site is rich in in-depth content, well illustrated and clearly written -- with extensive 'help' sections to advise on financial planning, portfolio construction, retirement goals, and much more. It's a top-notch site, whose redesign is superb.

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