ASHPE Awards Competition Overview
Focus sets us apart! For over 16 years, ASHPE has been recognizing excellence in the healthcare publication field and our awards have become a coveted symbol of distinction. We recognize there is a difference between the healthcare publication sector and the general business publication community, so with our competition, you are competing with peers in your own field. Every publication has an equal opportunity to win an award no matter the size of the staff, budget or circulation. Our competiton is open to all U.S.-based writers, editors and graphic artists involved in the healthcare publishing industry and doesn’t require a membership to participate—everyone is encouraged to showcase their talents.
You will appreciate that our digital entry process is incredibly simple! You can submit the entry forms all online, as well as upload the actual entries (with a few exceptions, see below).
General Competition Information
These are general guidelines--more detailed instructions can be accessed when actually submitting entries for the competition.
Who is eligible to participate?
This awards competition is open to writers, editors and graphic artists (staffers or freelancers) working for healthcare publications, both print and online. Some healthcare-related custom publications (e.g., those produced for a specific association) are also eligible to compete. Publications commissioned and sponsored by single vendors (e.g., pharmaceutical or insurance companies) or that promote specific products are ineligible and will be disqualified without a refund.
When is the deadline?
Entry forms and submissions must be uploaded by 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Categories requiring original entries to be mailed must be postmarked (not received) by this same date.
What is the entry fee?
$90/entry (5 or more entries total)
$100/entry (1-4 entries total)
What issue dates are allowed?
Entries must have an issue date of 2016 (or if part of a series, the majority need to be in that year).
How do I enter?
When entering a submission in our competition, you will need to follow these procedures:
1.) Create an account online by completing the information in the Profile section (or if you've already created an account, simply log-in with your user-name and password, both case-sensitive). This information is where all correspondence regarding your entries will be sent, including award notifications and plaque deliveries (include suite numbers, if applicable).
2.) Go to the "Manage Entries" section of your account to enter your competition entries, making certain to complete all fields accurately. The following information is what is needed for each entry submitted:
Title of Entry
Name(s) to Appear on Award (up to 5, no titles)
URL: Only required for applicable entries
Entry Statement: answer the following questions in 200 words or less. Note that this "Statement" portion is a very important element for the judges, so be clear, concise and informative:
A) Your publication's mission and audience
B) The intent of the entry as it relates to this respective category submission
C) The significance to the readers
Note: Oftentimes the first compoenent of the Statement (A) is the same for all entries from the same publication and the second two components (B&C) basically tell the judges "why you did what you did" in this entry and why it deserves recognition.
Can I submit multiple entries in a single category?
Yes, this is a common practice with this competition.
Can I submit the same material in more than one category?
Entrants may not submit the same material in more than one category, with the exception of:
- the same item can be entered in both an editorial and a graphics category
- one segment of a series can be entered in a single category
- the entire issue that contains an entry can also be entered in one of the Publication categories
- one of the issues submitted for "Publication of the Year" can also be entered as a "Best Single Issue" entry
Can I enter submissions that appeared in a digital publication for the Editorial Categories?
YES! The judges look at content (and graphic support, in some cases), so it doesn't matter if it originally appeared in a traditional print or digital format.
What category submissions cannot be uploaded electronically?
Due to high page volume, the following categories require that original copies be mailed in according to the competiton guidelines:
- Publication of the Year
- Best Newsletter
- Best Peer-Reviewed Journal
- Best Single Issue
- Best Special Supplement, Annual or Buyer's Guide
- Best Overall Use of Graphics
How will I know if I won an award?
Upon winning an award, the "Contact Person" will be notified (typically on or around May 1st). Watch the website for an official announcement date, and then a complete list of winners following that.
Who won last year?
What about any fine print?
Yes, here it is. Upon entering, you agree to the following: I am a staff member or a contributing writer/editor of a U.S.-based healthcare publication (magazine, newsletter, online). I understand that all entries become the property of ASHPE, and that ASHPE reserves the right to post winning entries and respective information on its website and/or any promotional or membership materials. I understand that the decision of the judges is final and that no liability whatsoever will be held against ASHPE or its agents, including Membership Services, of whom ASHPE is managed by and a part of, an unincorporated organization. I understand that entries not meeting all of the requirements will be rejected, and that all fees are non-refundable.