Sep. 1, 2011 STC Touchstone Competition

Saturday, October 1, 2011 is the deadline for this year’s STC Touchstone competition. Entry forms and detailed entry instructions are at

STC Fellow Richard Mateosian says:

“If you have work you’re especially proud of, enter it so your fellow
communicators can admire and recognize it.

If you have work that you’re not quite happy with, enter it to receive the
advice and counsel of our experienced judges.

This competition is sponsored by the six Northern California chapters of
the Society for Technical Communication (STC).  We send the top winners to the STC 2012 Summit Awards competition. Winners of that competition will be announced at the STC Summit in Chicago, May 20-23, 2012.

The proceeds from Touchstone support the Kenneth Gordon Scholarship and other local STC activities.

There is also a call for judges. This year’s Touchstone technical communication competition needs experienced technical communicators to serve as judges.  Details and application forms are at

The judging for this year’s competition begins on Sunday, October 9, 2011.
As usual, we finish before Thanksgiving.

If the balance between judges and entries is as in prior years, you will
volunteer approximately forty hours of work over a six-week period,
working with one or two judging partners to evaluate six to eight entries.

Judging entails both collaboration and individual effort.  Your team
generates consensus award recommendations, but each judge provides a
separate written evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of each entry.

Judging is good for your career.  You work with other experienced technical
communicators on a worthy project, and you have a chance to study some of
the best work in your field. It’s also fun.

Judges receive free admission to the awards event in January, and one judge, in a random drawing, will win up to $250 toward a 2012 STC membership.”

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