International Summit Awards

June 2017 – STC has placed the International Summit Awards Society level competition on hold. We are reviewing all aspects of the current program in order to create a more relevant and sustainable program. This will ultimately benefit STC members and the technical communication field.

Each year the Society for Technical Communication communities (chapters) sponsor  competitions through which technical communicators have the opportunity to receive recognition for their work. Entries in the community competitions may receive an Excellence, Distinguished, or Merit Award. Each entry is judged against criteria that measure the degree of technical content, achievement of purpose, and technical execution whether online or in printed deliverable.

Competitions are open to technical communication professionals. You do not have to be a member of STC to participate.  Entry fees are set by the community hosting the competition and is payable directly to the community. Below is a list of communities hosting competitions along with contact information for the competition manager.

Entries are submitted in the following four categories:

  • Informational Materials
  • Instructional Materials
  • Promotional Materials
  • User Support Materials

Community Competitions

STC Communities continue to host their own competitions.

For more information contact Elaine Gilliam, STC Communities Staff Liaison, at

Award Winner Emblems

Winners of the STC International Summit Awards and chapter/regional-level awards of STC-sponsored competitions may freely duplicate the STC award emblems in resumes and company publications and on websites or copies of the winning publication.

For chapter/regional-level awards, winners may add the name of the chapter/region or competition as shown in the popup example.

We suggest including a tag line (or similar text) with the emblem, based on the following example:
 [Award Type] Winner of STC's International Summit Awards Competition, 2013

For EPS format, please email to request the image file.