APEX 2016 Now Open! 
Call for Entries


About the APEX Awards:
An annual competition for publishers, editors, writers and designers who create print, Web, electronic and social media

Business, nonprofit, agency and freelance communicators can enter APEX to win awards for their best writing, publications, campaigns, programs, design and media.
Communications Concepts, Inc. sponsors the APEX Awards, and advises professionals who write, edit and manage business communications, on best strategies and practices. 


Get ideas from top APEX Award Winners:

See judges' comments about—and links to—many of the APEX 2015 Grand Award Winners (and the previous year's as well). The links will let you view many of the Grand Award Winners' works.


See APEX web, ePub and social media winners:

Take a look at some of the interesting electronic winners from recent competitions.

Order additional APEX Awards:

If you won an APEX Award, you can order additional APEX Award Certificates for deserving staff, freelancers and vendors. You can order exact duplicates of your original award certificate, or you may customize the additional certificates with the names of supporting staff, vendors or clients.

Just print out and complete the Additional Certficate Order Form and fax or mail it. (If you prefer, you may scan the completed form and marked-up photocopies of your certificates, and email them.)

Need a receipt for your entries? Simply use the Generate Receipt link. You can print it immediately on your office printer.

Display your APEX Awards

If you won APEX Awards, either this year or in previous years, you're entitled to display them in your print and online publications, and on social media, such as your Facebook or LinkedIn pages. Download your APEX logos in GIF, JPG or EPS file formats.

See the list of APEX 2016 categories:

From websites to magazines to writing, design, social media and more, find your best choices from among these 100 categories.


Favorite Sites
We hope you'll find some of these sites—among our favorites for writers, editors and communicators—useful. If you can recommend a favorite site of your own, please let us know what you like about it.

"He had a photographic memory that was never developed." If you smiled or groaned, you'll enjoy visiting this site with thousands of puns and new ones offered each day. Recently the pun of the day was: "With negative numbers, some math students become nonplussed." You can get a quick fix by reading the 10 recent additions or get serious about finding puns in various categories, including places, transportation, food, body parts, technology, health, business, the workplace, and education. Bull permits visitors to use up to 20 puns in a speech or publication. You can sign up to receive the pun of the day and to link to the site. Want to write your own? Here are some recommended ingredients: quick setup (brevity is important), no proper names (listener might not recognize the name), familiar references, a pointed revelation (you should see the spark in the listeners' eyes as they 'get it'), and finally, maximum wordplay throughout. Some of you may want to post this one: "If you give some managers an inch, they think they're a ruler."


News...APEX 2016
Call for Entries announced 

APEX 2016, the 28th Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, is now open for entries. Please enter here, at our secure online entry site:


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• If you wish to recognize participating staff and vendors for previous APEX winning entries, you can order additional APEX Award certificates.
• Award winners may download the APEX logo to display on their websites and in their publications.

• APEX entrants automatically receive an email receipt upon payment for entries. However, if you need an additional receipt for your entries, just complete the easy online receipt form.

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The judges comment on the APEX® Awards, as well as writing, editing, publishing and media topics.


See top award-winning APEX entries below.

Green Sheet -- December 26, 2011 -- The Green Sheet, Inc., Santa Rosa, CA ... "This industry periodical is tightly focused, but offers tremendous depth of thoroughly researched coverage -- all in a well written, interesting (and instantly recognizable) format. If you want fancy graphics, look elsewhere. But if you want to know what's going on in the field, then this is your publication."

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