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APEX 2021 Awards Categories 


Choose from among 100 categories under 13 main headings:   

COVID-19 Media | Newsletters | Magazines, Journals & Tabloids | Annual Reports | Print Media | Electronic Media | Virtual Communications | Social Media | Websites | Campaigns, Programs & Plans | Writing | Design & Illustration | One-of-a-Kind Publications

COVID-19 Media
1. Health & Medical
2. Education & Training
3. Newspaper/Magazine Articles
4. Corporate/Employee Communication
5. Government/Association
6. Social Media

7. Print (entire issue-content & design)
8. Electronic & Email (entire issue) (includes Web & PDF newsletters)
9. Writing (entire issue)
10. Design & Layout (entire issue)
11. 1-2 Person-Produced (one or two people write most copy, edit and lay out)
12. Most Improved (enter one "before" [1/1/17 on] and one "after" [1/1/20 on] issue)

Magazines, Journals & Tabloids
13. Print (entire issue-up to 32 pages plus cover)
14. Print (entire issue-over 32 pages plus cover)
15. Electronic (includes Web & PDF magazines)
16. Custom-Published
17. Writing (entire issue)
18. Design & Layout (entire issue)
19. 1-2 Person-Produced (one or two people write most copy, edit and lay out)
20. Magazine Series (includes [up to 3] issues on a single topic or theme)
21. Green (includes energy, environment, climate & eco-friendly topics)
22. Most Improved (enter one "before" [1/1/17 on] and one "after" [1/1/20 on] issue)

Annual Reports
23. Print (up to 32 pages plus cover)
24. Print (over 32 pages plus cover)
25. Electronic (includes Web & PDF annual reports)
26. Design & Layout
27. 1-2 Person-Produced (one or two people write most copy, edit and lay out)

Print Media
28. Education & Training
29. Marketing & Public Relations (includes media kits)
30. Organization Capability & Identity Materials (includes corporate and nonprofit materials)
31. Employee & Benefit Materials
32. Financial & Investment Materials
33. Meeting & Event Materials (includes conferences)
34. Catalogs, Directories & Guides
35. Books (enter eBooks in Category 38, Electronic Publications)
36. Special Purpose (includes special reports)

Electronic Media
37. Education & Training
38. Electronic Publications (includes Web & PDF publications, including eBooks)
39. Multimedia (includes interactive & non-interactive multimedia)
40. Video Media (including YouTube, Web video and video published on disc or other media)
41. Special Purpose
42. Apps
43. Podcasts

Virtual Communications
44. Conference & Meeting Planning
45. Corporate Communications
46. Education & Training
47. Special Purpose

Social Media
48. Social Media Sites (for social media and networking sites other than Facebook, e.g., Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, TikTok, etc.)
49. Facebook Sites
50. Blog Content (editorial content of the entire blog)
51. Best Single Blog Post
52. Best Series of Blog Posts (includes [up to 3] posts on a single topic or theme)
53. Special Purpose

54. Websites (entire site, including content and design) (includes microsites)
55. WordPress Sites (sites created or hosted with WordPress)
56. 1-2 Person-Produced (one or two people write most copy, edit and lay out the site)
57. Financial & Investment Websites
58. Politics & Government
59. Special Purpose
60. New
61. Most Improved

Campaigns, Programs & Plans
62. Education & Training
63. Marketing & Public Relations
64. Public Service (includes government, nonprofit and corporate programs in public information, charitable & community improvement areas)
65. Employee & Benefit Communications
66. Financial & Investment (includes retirement topics)
67. Health & Medical
68. Events & Meetings (includes conferences)
69. Special Purpose

70. Education & Training
71. Feature Writing
72. How-to Writing
73. News Writing
74. Interviews & Personal Profiles
75. Regular Departments & Columns (Enter either your single best Column or Department, or enter a series of [up to 3] columns or departments.)
76. Editorial & Advocacy Writing (includes letters to the editor)
77. Financial & Investment Writing
78. Health & Medical Writing
79. Speech & Script Writing
80. Technical & Technology Writing (includes help files and FAQs, as well as writing on technology and science topics)
81. Green Writing
82. Writing Series (series of [up to 3] articles)
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. Green (includes energy, environment, climate & eco-friendly topics)
95. Print
96. Electronic (includes Web & PDF publications)
97. Custom-Published
98. Education & Training
99. Health & Medical Publications
100. Government (city, county, state, national and international)


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The APEX Awards
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SWE, Magazine of the Society of Women Engineers -- Anne Perusek, Society of Women Engineers, Cleveland Heights, OH ... "This is one print magazine that feels good in the hand. Nice heft, and a very readable, matte paper stock. Cogent, well researched and well written features display a subtlety and depth of coverage you don't always find in association periodicals. Clearly, some competent folks are editing this one. And all that solid content is nicely displayed, from the striking contents page to the very attractive and readable layout. Illustration, photography and type are first class throughout."

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