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APEX 2021 results announced!

Click here to download the APEX 2021 Winners List 

Questions and Answers About APEX 2021
The Thirty-Third 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 2021 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?
1,172 entries were evaluated, in the following distribution:
COVID-19 Media: 136; Newsletters: 78; Magazines, Journals & Tabloids: 189; Annual Reports: 25; Print Media: 42; Electronic Media: 107; Virtual Communications: 12; Social Media: 38; Websites: 51; Campaigns, Programs & Plans: 116; Writing: 248; Design & Illustration: 91; One-of-a-Kind Publications: 39.

A total of 100 APEX Grand Awards were presented in 13 major categories to honor the outstanding works in those categories.  471 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 2021 (pdf).

Is there a list of all the winning entries?
Yes. See Announcing the Winners of APEX 2021 (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, shipped to all entrants in July, 2021.

Awards of Excellence mail in 9x12" stiff white photo mailer envelopes, via 1st Class Mail. Please check your mail, and touch base with your mailroom staff.

Grand Awards ship via UPS Ground, in most cases. Please allow one to two weeks for delivery, depending on where you are in the country. Overseas shipments -- typically via DHL -- may take a bit longer. (The Award Plaque ships in a slim package, approximately 10x12" and roughly 2" thick. Typically, DHL or other shippers have the recipient sign for the package. Often, that's the mailroom staff.)

Can I see some of the winning entries online?

Yes. You may view a selected number of the winning web and electronic entries online. You'll find brief descriptions and links to those selected winning sites and e-publications. You also soon be able to read comments about -- and link to websites of -- most of the 100 APEX 2021 Grand Award Winners, as well as the APEX 2020 Grand Award Winners, and most earlier winners back through 2001.

I won an APEX award. Can I display the APEX 2021 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 2021 and earlier years.

How can I order more award certificates?

I'd like to order additional* APEX Certificates for myself, my staff, co-workers and vendors or freelancers who contributed to the winning entries. What's the easiest way to do that?

Simply fill out the online Additional Certificates Order Form.

Payment may only be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, AmEx), using the online Additional Certificates Order Form.  Certificate orders cannot be phoned, emailed or postal mailed in.

You can order exact duplicates of your original award certificate, or you may customize the additional certificates with the names of supporting staff, vendors or clients.  In addition, you may choose to order an additional certificate for each individual staff person involved in the project.  

You also may order additional certificates for the previous year's APEX Awards.

*Note: One Award Certificate is sent to the entrant at no charge, as stated on the entry form.  To order additional Award Certificates -- at a charge of $20 each -- please use the Additional Certificates Order Form.

Ordering Tip: You can upload a jpeg photo of your original certificate and clearly write in the new names you want to appear on the certificate -- of contributing staffers, vendors or clients.

Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery.

When you pay by credit card, the charge for your entries in the APEX Awards, sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., will appear on your credit card statement as "APEX AWARDS CONCEPTS", or something like "COMM CONCEPTS/APEX" or they may simply display some variant of Communications Concepts, Inc. or APEX.

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No.  Since Communications Concepts, Inc. is a corporation, you are not required to obtain a 1099 tax form or Concepts' federal I.D. number from us.  To minimize identity theft, we do not publish our federal I.D. number.  Canada GST-exempt.

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 2021 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, APEX Executive Editor and 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.



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Best of luck in APEX 2021!

Ken Turtoro
Executive Editor
The APEX Awards
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