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


Competition Name: Touchstone

Sponsoring chapters: Berkeley, East Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco, Silicon Valley

Competition URL:

Competition is now closed. Please contact the competition manager if you have questions.

Entry Deadline: 7 October

Competition Manager:  Nicki Davis; ; (510) 333-0875


Competition name:  STC Carolina Technical Communication Competition

Sponsoring chapter: Carolina Chapter


Competition is now closed. Please contact the competition manager if you have any questions.

Entry deadline: 28 October

Competition Manager:  Christina Mayr,


Competition name: WMS-STC Technical Communication Competition 2017-2018

Sponsoring chapter: West Michigan Shores Chapter

Competition page URL:

Competition is now closed. Please contact the competition manager if you have any questions.

Entry deadline: 3 November

Competition co-managers: Peggy Frizzo  and Sandy Balkema


Competition Name : STC Chicago Technical Communication Competition

Sponsoring chapter: STC ChicagoCompetition


Competition opens: Now

Entry Deadline: 6 November

Judge Application Deadline:  1 November

Competition Manager: MK Grueneberg;


Competition Name: STC Regional TechComm Competition

Sponsoring chapters: New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston and Rochester

Competition URL:

Competition Open: Now

Entry Deadline: 15 November

Judge Application Deadline: 30 October

Competition Manager: Malu Schloss,


Competition Name: STC WDCB 2017 Technical Communication Competition

Sponsoring chapter: Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter

Competition URL:

Competition Opens:  Now

Entry Deadline:  27 November

Judge Applications Deadline:  30 November

Competition Manager:  Tavia Record



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

Award Winners

Historical List of Past Winners

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

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