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APEX 2017

FAQs About APEX 2017

The 29th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence

Sponsored by the Editors of Writer's Web Watch,
published by Communications Concepts, Inc.
Best Practices in Print, Web & ePublishing

APEX 2017 results announced!

Results are in for APEX 2017! Please see the Announcing the Winners page for more information.

How and when will I find out if I won an award?
All entrants will receive a list of winning entries by early July. APEX Award winners will be listed in a special Awards Report. Grand Award winners will receive attractive plaques commemorating their winning entries. Award of Excellence winners will receive attractive certificates describing their winning entries, suitable for framing.

APEX Award winners may display the APEX logo in their publications, social media, and on their web and intranet sites.

Can I order more award certificates? Yes. Winning entrants/organizations may order additional Award certificates for co-workers, supporting vendors and clients. You can mail the order form (which you will receive with your Award notifications) with payment, or fax it with your credit card authorization to 703/643-2329. Payment must accompany your order. Certificate orders can not be phoned in.

(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.)  

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

If I win an APEX award, can I display the APEX logo in my winning publication or website?
Yes. All APEX Award winners receive "APEX WINNER" Logo Repro Sheets for use in their own publications. Electronic versions of the APEX logo (EPS and GIF) also may be downloaded by APEX Award winners. APEX Award winners may link to ApexAwards.com.

If you'd like to be notified when APEX 2018 opens for entries, please sign up to receive our free e-mail newsletter, Writer's Web Watch.

What is the entry deadline for APEX 2018?
February 1, 2018.

APEX Call for Entries
The APEX 2018 Call for Entries
 will be announced in November, 2017.

APEX Categories
When the APEX 2018 Call for Entries is announced, you may enter in any of the 100 categories under 11 headings, including newsletters; magazines, journals and tabloids; annual reports; print media; electronic media; social media; websites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications.

APEX Sponsors
What is APEX and who sponsors it?

APEX is the Annual Awards for Publication Excellence Competition. It is open to communicators in corporate, nonprofit and independent settings. APEX 2017 is the 29th annual APEX, which began in 1988.

APEX is sponsored by the editors of Writer's Web Watch, an e-newsletter for communicators who write, edit and manage business publications. Writer's Web Watch is published by Communications Concepts, Inc., providing problem-solving information to professional communicators since 1984.

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

How do I enter APEX?
What can I enter?

For APEX 2018, you can enter materials produced or dated from January 2017 through February 2018, even if they carry a later date. 

How soon can I enter APEX 2018?
When the Call for Entries is announced, on November 1, 2017. 

Which categories will be new or changed for APEX 2018?
Any new categories or changes will be announced on November 1, 2017.

APEX Judging
What are the judging criteria?

APEX awards are 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. 

Who are the judges?
The panel of judges includes John De Lellis, Concepts Editor & Publisher; Kenneth J. Turtoro, noted publishing and marketing executive with management stints at Elsevier, Penton Publishing, Medical Economics, Chemical Week Associates, Lebhar-Friedman and Reed (Cahners) Travel Group, among others; Christine Turner, Contributing Editor of Writer's Web Watch and Writing That Works; and Bill Londino, Consulting Editor of Writer's Web Watch. 

APEX Eligibility
Do I need expensive publications to win an APEX award?

Not at all. Obviously, the judges see some impressive entries produced at great cost. But we also enjoy reading modestly-funded publications that showcase imaginative strategies and creative, effective communication. They also win APEX awards. 

Can I enter APEX even if I'm a non-subscriber?
Yes! You do not have to subscribe to our e-newsletter, Writer's Web Watch, to enter APEX. 

Entry Fees
When will you announce the entry fees for APEX 2018?

November 1, 2017. 

When I pay by credit card, under what name will the charge appear on my credit card statement?
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.

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My entry includes confidential information. How can I be sure that you won't publish or showcase it in a Concepts publication?
Simply tell us it's confidential on the online entry form.

The APEX Awards
If I win an APEX award, can I order more award certificates?

Yes. APEX winners will receive order forms with their award certificates, and may 
order additional certificates for co-workers, supporting vendors and clients.

If I win an APEX award, can I display the APEX logo in my winning publication or website?
Yes. All APEX Award winners receive "APEX WINNER" Logo Repro Sheets for use in their own publications. Electronic versions of the APEX logo (EPS and GIF) also will be available to download, on request, by APEX Award winners. APEX Award winners may link to ApexAwards.com.

ONLINE Entries
When and where do I enter online?

This link to the APEX Entry Site will activate November 1, 2018, when the APEX 2018 Call for Entries is announced:

APEX Contacts
Anne Lopez
Christine Turner
Communications Concepts, Inc. - APEX 2017 Awards
Attn: Anne Lopez
7481 Huntsman Boulevard, #720
Springfield, VA 22153-1648
Phone: 703/643-2200 FAX: 703/643-2329


The entry deadline for APEX 2018 is February 1, 2018.
You may want to mark your calendar now as a reminder,
but please check ApexAwards.com on November 1
to confirm the entry deadline.



2018 APEX AWARDS Call for Entries ....Coming Soon!
To be announced by Nov. 1, 2017

APEX 2017 Award Winners Announced!
The 29th Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence Competition Winners have been announced.

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• 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 entrants automatically receive an email receipt upon payment for entries. However, if you need an additional receipt for your entries, just complete the easy online receipt form.

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


See top award-winning APEX entries below.

Emergency Medicine News -- September 2011 -- Lisa Hoffman, Wolters Kluwer Health, New York, NY ... "Content is absolutely first rate, with interesting, in-depth features that do an exceptional job of targeting topics to which emergency medicine professionals should be paying attention. Layout and typography are clean and readable, but the key to this magapaper is the richness and depth of the editorial well."

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