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APEX 2017 Awards Categories

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Choose from among 100 categories under 11 main headings:

Please note: The following categories are a useful guide in preparing to enter APEX 2018, whose Call for Entries will be announced by year-end. Some categories may change or be eliminated, while new categories may be added.

Select from these categories to enter your best print and online publications, writing and design samples, video, Web and intranet sites, electronic and social media, campaigns and special publications.


  1. Print (entire issue-content & design)
  2. Electronic & Email (entire issue) (includes Web & PDF newsletters)
  3. Custom-Published (entire issue)
  4. Writing (entire issue)
  5. Design & Layout (entire issue)
  6. 1-2 Person-Produced (one or two people write most copy, edit and lay out)
  7. Most Improved (enter one "before" [1/1/13 on] and one "after" [1/1/16 on] issue)

    Magazines, Journals & Tabloids

  8. Print (entire issue-up to 32 pages plus cover)
  9. Print (entire issue-over 32 pages plus cover)
  10. Electronic (includes Web & PDF magazines)
  11. Custom-Published
  12. Writing (entire issue)
  13. Design & Layout (entire issue)
  14. 1-2 Person-Produced
  15. Magazine Series (includes [up to 3] issues on a single topic or theme)  
  16. Green (includes energy, environment, climate & eco-friendly topics)
  17. New
  18. Most Improved
    Annual Reports
  19. Print (up to 32 pages plus cover)
  20. Print (over 32 pages plus cover)
  21. Electronic (includes Web & PDF annual reports)
  22. Design & Layout
  23. 1-2 Person-Produced

    Print Media

  24. Education & Training 
  25. Marketing & Public Relations (includes media kits)
  26. Organization Capability & Identity Materials (includes corporate and nonprofit materials)
  27. Employee & Benefit Materials
  28. Membership & Customer Materials
  29. Financial & Investment Materials
  30. Meeting & Event Materials (includes conferences)
  31. Catalogs, Directories & Guides
  32. Books (enter eBooks in Category 36, Electronic Publications)
  33. Special Purpose (includes special reports)
  34. Most Improved
    Electronic Media
  35. Education & Training
  36. Electronic Publications (includes Web & PDF publications, including eBooks)
  37. Multimedia (includes interactive & non-interactive multimedia)
  38. Webinars & Slide Shows (includes PowerPoint)
  39. Video Media (including YouTube, Web video and video published on disc or other media)
  40. Green (includes energy, environment, climate & eco-friendly topics)
  41. Special Purpose (including Apps)

    Social Media

  42. Social Media Sites (for social media and networking sites other than Facebook, e.g., Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, MySpace, etc.)
  43. Facebook Sites
  44. Blog Content (editorial content of the entire blog)
  45. Best Single Blog Post
  46. Best Series of Blog Posts (includes [up to 3] posts on a single topic or theme)
  47. Special Purpose  


  48. Websites (entire site, including content and design) (includes microsites)
  49. WordPress Sites (sites created or hosted with WordPress)
  50. Home Pages & Individual Web Pages
  51. Site Content
  52. Site Design & Illustration
  53. 1-2 Person-Produced (one or two people write most copy, edit and lay out the site)
  54. Financial Websites
  55. Special Purpose
  56. New
  57. Most Improved

    Campaigns, Programs & Plans

  58. Education & Training
  59. Marketing & Public Relations
  60. Public Service (includes government, nonprofit and corporate programs in public information, charitable & community improvement areas)
  61. Employee & Benefit Communications
  62. Membership & Customer
  63. Financial (includes investment & retirement topics)
  64. Health & Medical
  65. Events & Meetings (includes conferences)
  66. Special Purpose
  67. Education & Training
  68. Marketing & Public Relations
  69. Feature Writing  
  70. Sidebars (includes Short Features [up to 500 words]) 
  71. How-to Writing
  72. News Writing
  73. Interviews & Personal Profiles
  74. Regular Departments & Columns (Enter either your single best Column or Department, or enter a series of [up to 3] columns or departments.)
  75. Editorial & Advocacy Writing (includes letters to the editor)
  76. Financial & Investment Writing
  77. Health & Medical Writing
  78. Speech & Script Writing
  79. Technical & Technology Writing (includes help files and FAQs, as well as writing on technology and science topics)
  80. Green Writing
  81. Writing Series (series of [up to 3] articles)
  82. Special Purpose (includes reports and manuals)
  83. Best Rewrites (enter before and after)
    Design & Illustration
  84. Design & Layout
  85. Illustration & Typography
  86. Infographics
  87. Covers
  88. Spreads
  89. Photography (single photographs, photo illustrations & photo spreads)
  90. Identity & Graphic Standards (includes logos and stationery)
  91. Print Ads & Advertorials
  92. Posters, Displays & Calendars (includes signage & exhibits)
  93. Best Redesigns (enter before & after)

    One-of-a-Kind Publications

  94. Print
  95. Electronic (includes Web & PDF publications)
  96. Custom-Published
  97. Education & Training  
  98. Health & Medical Publications
  99. Government (city, county, state, national and international)
  100. Green (includes energy, environment, climate & eco-friendly topics)

When you enter APEX 2017, you can simply complete the Online Entry Form on our secure Entry Site, upload your entries online and complete payment online. No need for paper forms. No need for mailing or shipping charges.

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


See top award-winning APEX entries below.

Hallowed Ground -- Summer 2011 -- Mary Koik, Civil War Trust, Washington, DC ... "Beautiful photo spreads, striking typography, a layout jam packed (in a good way) with photo sidebars, usefully long captions and well drawn illustrations -- the design is equally matched by well written, interesting narratives which easily hold the reader's attention."

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