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Entry deadline: February 1, 2018

APEX 2018 Awards Categories 

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Choose from among 100 categories under 12 main headings:

Select from these categories to enter your best print and online publications, writing and design samples, video, Web and intranet sites, electronic and social media, campaigns and special publications.


  1. Print (entire issue-content & design)
  2. Electronic & Email (entire issue) (includes Web & PDF newsletters)
  3. Custom-Published (entire issue)
  4. Writing (entire issue)
  5. Design & Layout (entire issue)
  6. 1-2 Person-Produced (one or two people write most copy, edit and lay out)
  7. Most Improved (enter one "before" [1/1/14 on] and one "after" [1/1/17 on] issue)

    Magazines, Journals & Tabloids

  8. Print (entire issue-up to 32 pages plus cover)
  9. Print (entire issue-over 32 pages plus cover)
  10. Electronic (includes Web & PDF magazines)
  11. Custom-Published
  12. Writing (entire issue)
  13. Design & Layout (entire issue)
  14. 1-2 Person-Produced (one or two people write most copy, edit and lay out)
  15. Magazine Series (includes [up to 3] issues on a single topic or theme)
  16. Green (includes energy, environment, climate & eco-friendly topics)
  17. Most Improved (enter one "before" [1/1/14 on] and one "after" [1/1/17 on] issue)
    Annual Reports
  18. Print (up to 32 pages plus cover)
  19. Print (over 32 pages plus cover)
  20. Electronic (includes Web & PDF annual reports)
  21. Design & Layout
  22. 1-2 Person-Produced (one or two people write most copy, edit and lay out)

    Print Media

  23. Education & Training
  24. Marketing & Public Relations (includes media kits)
  25. Organization Capability & Identity Materials (includes corporate and nonprofit materials)
  26. Employee & Benefit Materials
  27. Financial & Investment Materials
  28. Meeting & Event Materials (includes conferences)
  29. Catalogs, Directories & Guides
  30. Books (enter eBooks in Category 33, Electronic Publications)
  31. Special Purpose (includes special reports)
    Electronic Media
  32. Education & Training
  33. Electronic Publications (includes Web & PDF publications, including eBooks)
  34. Multimedia (includes interactive & non-interactive multimedia)
  35. Webinars & Slide Shows (includes PowerPoint)
  36. Video Media (including YouTube, Web video and video published on disc or other media)
  37. Green (includes energy, environment, climate & eco-friendly topics)
  38. Special Purpose

    Social Media

  39. Social Media Sites (for social media and networking sites other than Facebook, e.g., Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, MySpace, etc.)

  40. Facebook Sites

  41. Blog Content (editorial content of the entire blog)

  42. Best Single Blog Post

  43. Best Series of Blog Posts (includes [up to 3] posts on a single topic or theme)

  44. Special Purpose


  45. Business & Financial (includes Productivity apps)

  46. Health & Medical

  47. Education

  48. Design & Graphics

  49. Social Networking (includes Social Media apps)

  50. Special Purpose


  51. Websites (entire site, including content and design) (includes microsites)
  52. WordPress Sites (sites created or hosted with WordPress)
  53. Home Pages
  54. Site Design & Illustration
  55. 1-2 Person-Produced (one or two people write most copy, edit and lay out the site)
  56. Financial Websites
  57. Special Purpose
  58. New
  59. Most Improved

    Campaigns, Programs & Plans

  60. Education & Training
  61. Marketing & Public Relations
  62. Public Service (includes government, nonprofit and corporate programs in public information, charitable & community improvement areas)
  63. Employee & Benefit Communications
  64. Financial (includes investment & retirement topics)
  65. Health & Medical
  66. Events & Meetings (includes conferences)
  67. Special Purpose
  68. Education & Training
  69. Marketing & Public Relations
  70. Feature Writing
  71. How-to Writing
  72. News Writing
  73. Interviews & Personal Profiles
  74. Regular Departments & Columns (Enter either your single best Column or Department, or enter a series of [up to 3] columns or departments.)
  75. Editorial & Advocacy Writing (includes letters to the editor)
  76. Financial & Investment Writing
  77. Health & Medical Writing
  78. Speech & Script Writing
  79. Technical & Technology Writing (includes help files and FAQs, as well as writing on technology and science topics)
  80. Green Writing
  81. Writing Series (series of [up to 3] articles)
  82. Special Purpose (includes reports and manuals)
  83. Best Rewrites (enter before and after)
    Design & Illustration
  84. Design & Layout
  85. Illustration & Typography
  86. Infographics
  87. Covers
  88. Spreads
  89. Photography (single photographs, photo illustrations & photo spreads)
  90. Identity & Graphic Standards (includes logos and stationery)
  91. Print Ads & Advertorials
  92. Posters, Displays & Calendars (includes signage & exhibits)
  93. Best Redesigns (enter before & after)

    One-of-a-Kind Publications

  94. Print
  95. Electronic (includes Web & PDF publications)
  96. Custom-Published
  97. Education & Training
  98. Health & Medical Publications
  99. Government (city, county, state, national and international)
  100. Green (includes energy, environment, climate & eco-friendly topics)

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