The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has made updates for its 2023 Azbee Awards of Excellence program. The Azbee Awards, which open for entry Nov. 1, 2022, recognize the highest quality reporting, editing and design in business-to-business, trade, association and professional publications.
ASBPE has adjusted several Azbee categories to improve this year’s competition.
Due to high entry numbers, the Web Feature Article category will be split into two groups: Association publications and Industry publications. The split will help to ease the judging process for this category and allow ASBPE to recognize more great work from contest entrants.
ASBPE has made updates to categories to ensure digital-only publications can enter. The Magazine/Newspaper Design and Magazine/Newspaper Redesign categories will become the Publication Design and Publication Redesign categories to allow both print and digital publications (formatted as flipbooks) to enter. ASBPE also has removed the mail-in requirement for these categories. Additionally, the Overall Headline Writing category now allows either print, web or social headlines, or a combination of these options.
ASBPE also moved its Trade Show/Conference Coverage category from the All Content division to Online division. This move supports and encourages the use of multimedia in covering trade shows and conferences.
New Deadline Structure
ASBPE has renewed its deadline and fee structure. In previous years, ASBPE offered a short deadline extension for entrants. ASBPE will no longer offer deadline extensions; instead, the association is adding a late-entry period. The late-entry period will be one full week, allowing entrants additional time to enter most categories for an additional fee of $10 per entry. Screened categories — Magazine of the Year, Print Feature Article and Web Feature Article — will not be eligible for the late entry period.
The following are deadlines for this year’s awards:
- Early-Bird Savings Deadline – Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET
- Regular Deadline – Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at 4 p.m. ET
- Late-Entry Deadline – Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at 3 p.m. ET