The Instructional Design & Learning Special Interest Group (IDL SIG) is holding its annual Student Outreach Article Competition. The SIG invites undergraduate and graduate-level students to submit an article related to instructional design for publication in IDeaL: Design for Learning, the SIG’s quarterly newsletter. The winning entry, in addition to being published in IDeaL, will also receive a complementary one-year STC student membership, including membership in the IDL SIG. Still not convinced? Submitted articles (with permission) will be submitted to the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK); if accepted, you can earn an additional one-year STC and IDL SIG membership!

For more info, click here to download a Word document explaining the competition in greater detail, or visit the IDL SIG website.

From the SIG, here’s the submission process:

How to enter the Student Outreach Article Competition

  1. Go to and download the complete Entry Packet.
  2. Read the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information. If you still have questions, email us at
  3. Read the Contributor Guidelines and select a topic from our list of suggested instructional design topics. Note that if you choose a topic not on our list, you need to request our pre-approval by email.
  4. Write the article without exceeding two single-spaced pages or 1,000 words.
  5. Use the Final Checklist to ensure your article adheres to all guidelines.
  6. Download and complete the Submission Form.
  7. Send your article, the Submission Form, and any graphics to

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One comment

  1. Sylvia Miller

    To be clear, the IDL SIG can award up to 15 memberships per year, so the program is not a single-winner type of competition.

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