Intercom Awards

Intercom, the Society’s magazine, publishes articles about the issues and topics that are driving the conversation in the world of technical communication. It provides practical examples and applications of technical communication that will promote readers’ professional development. Each month, Intercom highlights the thought leaders and practitioners who are shaping the future of the profession and delivering exceptional value to companies, nonprofits, and government organizations around the world.

The Intercom Outstanding Article and the Intercom Distinguished Special Issue awards were established by the Board of Directors in 2013 to recognize authors of superior articles and guest editors of superior issues of the Society’s magazine.

The Intercom Outstanding Article award recognizes the author(s) of an outstanding article that appeared in Intercom during a calendar year. The Intercom Distinguished Special Issue award recognizes the guest editor of an exceptional issue of Intercom magazine during a calendar year.

Honorees notified: After vote by STC Board of Directors, usually March

Award Presented: At the Honors Event at the STC Technical Communication Summit

Nomination Process

Consult the guidelines for the complete nomination process.


Who is eligible: Intercom authors and guest editors

Who may nominate: Intercom Award committee

Due date for nominations: February 2021

2021 Awards

Outstanding Magazine Article

Awardee: Nithya Krishnan, for her article “Career Transitions: When ‘Having Enough’ Just Isn’t Good Enough” in the May/June 2020 issue of Intercom.

Citation: For engaging the practical, theoretical, and emotional challenges involved in career transitions and offering a fresh and positive approach to facing those challenges.

Outstanding Guest-Edited Issue

Awardee: Rebekah Smith, Jelilat Adesiyan, and Heavenly Freeman of Texas Tech University for the October 2020 issue of Intercom with a theme of “Student Perspectives.”

Citation: For capturing the variety of student experiences and showing students how to transition from scholars to technical communication professionals, and helping practitioners understand how to assist students along that path.