Recognition and encouragement of excellence in automotive journalism are the goals of the Texas Auto Writers Association’s annual Excellence in Craft Competition.
Eligible entries for the 2017 competition include automotive-related content that has been published or has an on-air date between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 31, 2017. All entries, except for those in the Spanish Writing category, must be in English.
The competition is open to all TAWA members in good standing. An eligibility exception applies to the two new-for-2017 national Texas Truck Invitational Writing categories, in which non-TAWA members are invited to participate. The 2017 category list also includes the addition of two Public Relations/Marketing categories for TAWA Manufacturer members.
TEXAS TRUCK INVITATIONAL
This competition invites TAWA members, along with non-members across the nation, to enter their works in exclusive truck-writing categories. A range of truck-related writing topics are eligible for entry, which cover light- and medium-duty passenger and commercial trucks – Classes 1-6 (up to 26,000 pounds GVWR) -- vans, SUVs and CUVs.
The experimental nature of the competition during its first year calls for a basic approach, steering the focus solely to writing excellence. Articles on the aforementioned topics are judged in general Newspaper and Magazine categories.
Importantly, along with traditional first-, second- and third-place awards, an overall award winner will be chosen from first-place winners of Newspaper and Magazine categories. This year, the top awardee will receive a Katzkin leather interior, valued at $2,000.
Clear, accurate and complete press releases and press kits are critical for journalists. TAWA invites Manufacturer members to enter work in the EICC that best reflects these user-friendly qualities.
Publications that are not specifically categorized as a newspaper or magazine may enter in the best-matching category. Make a note on the entry form explaining the nature of the publication.
Writing categories are judged solely on writing excellence, and associated photography and graphics are not part of the judging criteria.
C. Spanish-- Newspaper/Magazine (both publication types are judged in a single category)
TEXAS TRUCK INVITATIONAL – Truck-related articles only
A. Radio show presentation
A. Photo – single published photo -- newspaper, magazine, Web
A. Page layout/design – judged on the creative and informative interaction of any combination of graphics, photos, articles, videos, etc.
5. PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING
A. Press release writing -- single press release
B. Press Kit
All entries must be published works. Up to six entries may be submitted in a single category, and entrants can enter in as many categories as they like. The same piece of work cannot be entered in separate categories, with the exception of a truck-related article, which can be entered in both a TAWA-members-only and Texas Truck Invitational categories.
There will be three different winners per category. An overall award winner will be chosen among the first-place Texas Truck Invitational category winners. In cases where more than one person (i.e. co-written article, radio show discussion, team page design effort) contributes to a winning entry, only one award will be presented.
A category must have at least six entries to be judged. Winning entries must meet a quality level determined by the judges. Rejected entries could lead to fewer than three awards in a category.
TAWA members entering duplicate truck-related articles in both the TAWA members-only and Texas Truck Invitational categories are eligible to win an award in both categories.
Entries will not be returned. Late entries and those without entry fees or completed entry forms will not be judged. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than Aug. 31 to be accepted.
All judges are accomplished professionals in their fields. Judges for the Texas Truck Invitational are noted writers and editors with decades of experience, who work or have worked for major national automotive publications.
TAWA members – 1-2 entries . . . $25.00
TAWA members – 3-4 entries . . . $50.00
Non-members – Texas Truck Invitational . . . $50.00 per entry
See EICC PAYMENT INFORMATION box for detailed payment information.
The entry form must accompany each entry, and be filled out completely. Both the Category Name and Category Number must be included. For example: Writing-Newspaper is the Category Name and the Category Number is 1-A.
If an entry is entered in the wrong category, judges can reassign the entry to the appropriate category.
Space at the bottom of the form may be used for notes to the judges, and an additional entry-explanation page can be attached.
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