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Announcing the 2016 Winners
Questions and Answers About APEX 2016
The Twenty-eighth 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 2016 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?
1,634 entries were evaluated, in the following distribution:

Newsletters: 137; Magazines, Journals & Tabloids: 347; Annual Reports: 71; Print Media: 97;
Electronic Media: 143; Social Media: 62; Websites: 102; Campaigns, Programs & Plans: 106;
Writing: 335; Design & Illustration: 164; One-of-a-Kind Publications: 70.
A total of 86 APEX Grand Awards were presented in 11 major categories to honor the
outstanding works in those categories.
632 APEX Awards of Excellence recognize excellence in 100 individual categories.

For the number of awards presented in each individual category, please see Announcing the Winners of APEX 2016 (pdf).

Is there a list of all the winning entries?
Yes. See Announcing the Winners of APEX 2016 (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, mailed to all entrants by the first week of July.


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 86 APEX 2016 Grand Award Winners, as well as the APEX 2015 Grand Award Winners, and most earlier winners back through 2001.

I won an APEX award. Can I display the APEX 2016 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 logo files for APEX 2016 and earlier years.


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 2016 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 order form and marked-up certificates, and email them to info@ApexAwards.com, with your credit card payment information. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express.)  

Payment must accompany your order. Certificate orders cannot be phoned in.

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.


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.

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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.

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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 2015 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 publishing and marketing executive, 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 News...APEX 2017 Call for Entries now closed 

Judging is now in progress, with results to be announced in late June to early July.



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