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Notice: The STC Board of Directors voted in May 2017 to suspend the International Summit Awards (ISAs) competition indefinitely. The ISA competition has not generated the necessary interest to warrant continuing the program in its current format. STC will evaluate whether there is enough interest to merit re-opening the society-level competition.The regional competitions will continue as they are currently being managed locally.

Through 2017, the Society for Technical Communication sponsored international competitions through which technical communicators had the opportunity to receive recognition for their work. STC chapters held preliminary competitions from which Excellence and Distinguished Award winners advanced to the international level. Each entry was judged against criteria that measure the degree of technical content, achievement of purpose, and technical execution whether online or in printed deliverable.



Touchstone, the Northern California Technical Communication Competition, sponsored by STC’s Berkeley, East Bay, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley Chapters.


Entry Deadline: 6 October 2018

Contacts: Richard Mateosian and Nicki Davis 


STC Chicago 2019 Technical Communication Competition


Entry Deadline: 20 October 2018 (Early Bird discount through 15 September 2018)

Contacts: Elizabeth Burke and Elizabeth Gecas


STC Regional Technical Communication Competition 2018-2019, co-hosted by the West Michigan Shores (WMS) and Southeastern Michigan (SM) chapters


Entry Deadline: 2 November 2018

Competition co-managers: Peggy FrizzoSandy Balkema, and Alison Phillips


Washington DC-Baltimore 2018-2019 Technical Communication Competition


Entry Deadline: 10 November 2018

Judge Application Deadline: 26 November 2018

Contacts: Tavia Record, competition manager; Cynthia A. Lockley


STC Regional TechComm Competition, sponsored by STC’s Atlanta, Houston, New England, New York, Philadelphia and Rochester Chapters


Entry Deadline: 7 December 2018

Deadline for Judge application: 2 November 2018; click here for more information.

Contact: Malu Scloss

For information about specific competitions, please contact the competition manager.

For information about the society-level International Summit Awards, contact:

Elaine Gilliam, STC Meeting Manager


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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