The Twenty-fifth 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 2013 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?
2,400 entries were evaluated, in the following distribution:
Newsletters: 205; Magazines & Journals: 454; Magapapers & Newspapers: 51; Annual Reports: 78; Brochures, Manuals & Reports: 149; Electronic Media: 212; Social Media: 77; Websites: 217; Campaigns, Programs & Plans: 166; Writing: 432; Design & Illustration: 237; One-of-a-Kind Publications: 122.
A total of 100 APEX Grand Awards were presented in 12 major categories to honor the
outstanding works in those categories.
971 APEX Awards of Excellence recognize excellence in
138 individual categories.
Is there a list of winning entries?
Yes. See Announcing the Winners of APEX 2013 (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 first week in August, 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, 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 2013 Grand Award Winners, as well as the APEX 2012 Grand Award Winners, and 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 2013 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 2013 logo files.
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 2013 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. 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 32-page Announcing the Winners of APEX 2013 booklet mailed to all APEX 2012 participants.
The easiest and best way to ordermore 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.
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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 2013 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.
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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.
HB Magazine --
Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, OH ...
"In layout -- photography, illustration, type, paper selection and dynamic spreads -- it's a work of art. Copy also is top drawer, with very interesting profiles, narratives and shorts --not easy to do when your subject matter is solely devoted to news
about alumni. But this is an interesting group of alums -- each with a story to tell."