ASPBE Joins with TABPI to Promote International Editorial and Design Awards, ‘The Tabbies’

March 10, 2004 CLEVELAND — The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has signed on to be a sponsor of The 2004 Tabbies awards, the inaugural editorial and design competition being launched by Trade, Association and Business Publications International (TABPI).
TABPI logoThe international B2B magazine competition will involve 12 editorial and eight design categories, and is open to English-language business-to-business publications around the world that are published at least quarterly.
“We’re excited to be a part of this new endeavor,” said Robert Freedman, national president of ASPBE. “Our society is constantly looking for ways to bring editors from different backgrounds together to discuss their challenges and successes. We see TABPI and the international competition as a natural extension of that, creating a forum for editors across the globe, in which to interact.”
According to Paul J. Heney, president of TABPI, “Partnering with ASPBE was paramount for us. Their annual Awards of Excellence competition is the largest awards program in the U.S., and certainly commands a great deal of respect.”
Categories in The Tabbies’ editorial division include:

  • Single Issue.
  • Department.
  • Editor’s Column.
  • Feature Article.
  • Focus/Profile Article.
  • How-To Article or Series.
  • News Coverage.
  • Products Section.
  • Regular Column.
  • Single News Article.
  • Special Section.
  • Technical Article.

Categories in the design division include:

  • Front Cover, Digital Imagery.
  • Front Cover, Illustration.
  • Front Cover, Photograph.
  • Front Cover, Special Issue.
  • Opening Page or Spread.
  • Table of Contents.

The 2004 Tabbies Call for Entries will mail in late March, with a deadline for entries of April 30, 2004. An electronic PDF version will be available at the TABPI website, Judges for the competition will be culled from suggestions of regional editorial groups across the globe, including ASBPE. Winners will be announced on or about July 1, 2004.
Based in Cleveland, Trade, Association and Business Publications International (TABPI; is a worldwide organization dedicated to bringing together editors working for English-language publications worldwide, and encourage a common dedication to editorial ethics and excellence.
TABPI’s editorial and design awards program, The Tabbies, is open to English language b2b publications in 40 countries, and encompasses 12 editorial and eight design categories.
Contact: Paul J. Heney, President, TABPI, 440-238-7880, FAX: 440- 238-7606, or
Based in Naperville, Ill., ASBPE ( is a professional and educational resource for trade and association publication editors. The society is widely known for its annual Awards of Excellence in editorial, design, and Web sites, as well as its annual business publication editorial conference.
ASBPE currently has chapters in 17 cities, which host meetings and provide professional guidance to editors at the local level. The society sponsors an annual scholarship for young editors, conducts salary surveys on numerous editorial-related topics, and holds regional conferences.