Q. What is the deadline for entries?
A. The deadline for entries for the First Annual ASPC Diversity and Inclusion Communication Awards is Friday, December 22, 2017. Early bird entries received by Friday, December 8, 2017, are eligible for a 15 percent discount on all entry fees.
Q. What are the entry fees?
A. The entry fee for each of the competition categories is $125, and entries received by the early bird deadline – Friday, December 8, 2017 – are eligible for a 15 percent discount on all entry fees.
Q. I work for a design firm, PR or other agency that develops D&I communications for our clients. Can I enter the competition on their behalf?
A. Absolutely! Many of our entries for all of our programs come from creative firms and consultants on behalf of their clients. And many of the honorees in our other awards programs through the years have come from such entries. We would anticipate the same to be true of entries and honorees for our Diversity and Inclusion Communication Awards program going forward.
Q. When will the honorees be announced?
A. Participants will be informed whether or not their entries have been selected in late February, and the winners will be publicly announced in early March 2018.
Q. What do honorees receive?
A. Winning entries receive a plaque commemorating their achievements. At their discretion, our competition judges also may bestow certificates of honorable mention upon worthy entries that may not have been selected as the overall winning entry within a given category.
Q. If my agency enters on behalf of a client and our entry is selected, whose name appears on the award?
A. That is up to you! When we contact you in February, we will let you know for which category/categories your entry was selected, and we will ask you at that time to confirm exactly how you would like the award(s) to read. In all cases, we include the name of the organization/individual whose submission is being honored, but we also are happy to include the name(s) of agencies and/or individuals who may have been instrumental in the production of the submitted work(s).
Q. If we win an award, can we get duplicates for multiple people and/or locations?
A. Absolutely! When we contact honorees to confirm the name(s) that should be on the award(s), we will provide an option to order duplicate awards or even to order custom variations as you may like.
Q. Who are the judges?
A. Our judges are professional communicators and D&I experts from across the private and public sectors, all of whom have at least a decade or more of experience.
Q. How does someone become a judge for one of your competitions?
A. In most cases, we have reached out to past participants in our programs and other highly respected veterans in the fields of professional communications and D&I. In soem cases, folks have reached out to us and expressed an interest in participating as a judge. We’re always looking to broaden our slate of qualified competition judges. So, if you think you might like to serve as a judge of a future competition, please send us an email at DI@asprocomm.com with a bit of information about your professional communications and/or D&I experience, and let us know that you’d like to be considered.
Q. May judges and the organizations for which they work also participate as competition entrants?
A. Yes … though we work very diligently to ensure no judge is ever in position to influence the results of judging for any category where there might be a conflict of interest.