At a time when many publication teams are striving for recognition and marketing clout, but also wearing too many hats, ASBPE’s Awards Committee knows it can be hard to ask leadership to consider entering awards programs.
We encourage you to push for recognition for your team, and we’ve seen some great examples of this from a few members recently. Don’t be afraid to use this template to forward one of our emails to your leadership. And if you have a piece you are particularly proud of, don’t hesitate to brag about it a little at the same time.
Hey team, / Hello, [leader’s name],
I’m sharing this promotion for the 2024 Azbee Awards of Excellence from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), as I imagine that not everyone is on the association’s distribution list. As noted below, the early-bird deadline for submitting is December 15.
I think our team has some winning entries, and now’s our opportunity to secure well-deserved recognition for editors and reporters on staff — and another feather in the cap of [your publishing company]!
ASBPE is also seeking Azbee judges. This is a great opportunity to gain a window into great work happening at other B2B publications — such as the [type of work your team is trying to elevate] journalism we’re trying to advance — and to generate new ideas for our own content.
Competing and judging in the Azbee Awards will also help us drive creativity, innovation and excellence; provide us with marketing gold; and reinforce our value to our [readers/members] and advertisers.
[your favorite salutation],
The Azbee Awards of Excellence honor the best in B2B media, recognizing outstanding work by business, trade, association and professional publications across 61 categories. One of the most competitive award programs for B2B media, the Azbees highlight editorial, online and design excellence within print media, email newsletters and online publishing. The competition is open to all U.S.-based B2B, trade and association publications. ASBPE membership is not required for entry, but members receive a discount on entry fees.
- Early-bird deadline: Enter by Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, at 5 p.m. EST to save $30 per entry!
- Regular deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, at 4 p.m. EST
- Late Entry Period: Entries received after the regular deadline and through Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, at 3 p.m. EST will include an additional $10 late entry fee. There will be no deadline extensions.
- Volunteer as a judge: Volunteer judges get a sneak peek of B2B media’s best work and earn $75 in Abzee Bucks towards membership dues, event registrations and future Azbee submissions. Sign up to judge the Azbees by Dec. 15, 2023.
Members save an additional $25 per entry through the final deadline. ASBPE invites staff and freelance writers, editors, designers and other professionals working for B2B, association or industry publications to apply to join ASBPE today!
Reach out to the Awards Committee with any submission questions.