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ASHPE Awards Competition
For over 15 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. Focus sets us apart!
To see a sample copy of a Call for Entries which includes a listing all of the categories and pricing, click here. Note that this may change for the upcoming competition.
You will appreciate that our digital entry process couldn't be simpler! You can submit the entry forms, as well as upload the actual entries, all online (with a few exceptions, see below).
Below is a general list of competition rules and frequently asked questions, a more detailed version will be available when the competition opens in mid-December. After reviewing this information, please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions - we're here to serve you!
General Competition Information
Who is eligible to participate?
This awards competition is open to editors and graphic artists working for general healthcare business publications, both print and online. Some healthcare-related custom publications (e.g., those produced for a specific trade 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 the deadline date, usually on or around February 1st (categories requiring original entries to be mailed must be postmarked by this same date).
What issue dates are allowed?
Entries must have an issue date for the immediate past year (or if part of a series, the majority need to be in that year).
What information will I need to know when 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.
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, and note that the "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 submission 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). The website will be updated with an official announcement date, and then a complete list of winners following that.
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.