Announcing the 2017 Winners Questions and Answers About APEX 2017 The Twenty-ninth Annual Awards for Publication Excellence Competition Sponsored by the Editors of Writer's Web Watch, published by Communications Concepts, Inc. Best Practices in Print, Web & ePublishing
How were awards presented?
APEX 2017 awards were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of the entry -- in the opinion of the judges -- in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence.
Naturally, entries in design categories were judged solely on the basis of their graphic design, and writing entries were evaluated primarily on the basis of editorial quality.
How many entries were there? How many awards were given?
1,361 entries were evaluated, in the following distribution:
Is there a list of all the winning entries?
Yes. See Announcing the Winners of APEX 2017 (pdf).
Grand Award winners are listed by main category.
Award of Excellence winners are listed within each subcategory, alphabetically by organization, or by last name for individual entrants.)
How and when will I receive
printed Awards and/or notifications?
Complete information, including the Announcing the Winners Awards report, mails or ships to all entrants in the last week of June and the first week of July. 2017.
Awards of Excellence mail in 9x12" stiff white photo mailer envelopes, via 1st Class Mail. Please check your mail, and touch base with your mailroom staff.
Grand Awards ship via UPS Ground, in most cases. Please allow one to two weeks for delivery, depending on where you are in the country. Overseas shipments may take a bit longer. (The Award Plaque ships in a slim package, approximately 10x12" and roughly 2" thick. Typically, UPS or other shippers have the recipient sign for the package. Often, that's the mailroom staff.)
Can I see(coming soon!) some of the winning entries online?
Yes. You may view a selected number of the winning web and electronic entries online. You'll find brief descriptions and links to those selected winning sites and e-publications. You also soon be able to read comments about -- and link to websites of -- most of the 100 APEX 2017 Grand Award Winners,(coming soon!) as well as the APEX 2016 Grand Award Winners, and most earlier winners back through 2001.
I won an APEX award. Can I display the APEX 2017 logo in my winning publications and websites?
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APEX Award notes
How competitive were the entries? Very. Each year, the quality of entries increases. Overall, this year's entries displayed an exceptionally high level of quality. The APEX judges saw only the most promising publications that professional communicators could enter. From them, they had the truly challenging task of selecting the award-winning entries.
Did low-budget entries stand a chance? Yes. Many of the winning entries in APEX 2017 were inexpensively produced. The APEX judges often were more impressed by the quality of creative ideas and concepts shown by entries than they were by the expense entailed in their execution.
Many of the award-winning entries in this and earlier APEX competitions were classic examples of good ideas, imaginatively executed, despite limitations due to tight budgets, limited resources and smaller staff.
• 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.
WINNING IDEAS FROM APEX
See top award-winning APEX entries below.
Hallowed Ground -- Summer 2011 -- Mary Koik, Civil War Trust, Washington, DC ...
"Beautiful photo spreads, striking typography, a layout jam packed (in a good way) with photo sidebars, usefully long captions and well drawn illustrations -- the design is equally matched by well written, interesting narratives which easily hold the reader's attention."