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2018 Categories

Media Kit
Annual or
Quarterly Magazine or Journal
Annual Report
Best Advocacy
Best New App
CD, Video,
Podcast or PSA
Daily or weekly Communication
Direct Marketing
eLearning &
Live Training
Sales Kit
Promotion Kit
or Campaign
Newsletter or
Society Magazine
Monthly Trade Association Magazine
Most Improved Magazine or
Scientific Journal
Social Media

eLearning & Live Training

Learning conducted via electronic media, typically on the Internet. Judges will accept videos of your live event or eLearning courses, reports or a printed slide summary.

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Best New App

Did your association recently create an app to help further promote your mission? User interface, originality, usability, and creativity are some of the things our judges will be looking for in this category. All mobile platforms will be accepted and considered.

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Best Advocacy Campaign

How did your organization draw attention to your cause or idea? An advocacy campaign can include: media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning, publishing research or live events.

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Annual Report

An annual report with a description of activities, programs, conditions and finance.

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Direct Marketing Piece/Promotion

Any marketing piece designed to promote your organization. Examples include: direct mail package, postcard, brochure, poster, sign, invitation, folder, holiday card, etc.

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Advertising Media Kit

A media kit to solicit support for the association’s publications or programs through the media. How entries for this category will be judged: Clarity of the kit, and the creativity with which your message for your organization is conveyed.

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Published bound and online volumes and books; multipage and online manuals and booklets; product and program offerings catalogs.

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A book, video, pamphlet, etc. to honor a specific person, event, celebration, etc. Examples include the organization’s anniversary, person of the year, CEO retirement, etc.

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CD, Video, Podcast or PSA

An informational CD, video, podcast or infomercial used to promote an association or industry issue.

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A general web site, special project website, or foundation site. Please provide passwords if special access is required.

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Exhibitor Sales Kit

A media kit to solicit support for the association’s publications programs or conferences through the advertising and sponsorship opportunities. How entries for this category will be judged: Clarity of the kit, and the creativity with which your message for your organization is conveyed.

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Monthly Trade Association Magazine

A monthly magazine published by a trade association. How entries for this category will be judged: Creativity in both artistic as well as substantive content of one edition of your publication.

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Most Improved Magazine or Journal

A new format or re-design of an organization’s publication from one year to the next. The improved version of the magazine or journal must have been published between Nov. 1, 2017 and Nov. 1, 2018. Entries in this category must include two samples: a “before” and an “after."

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Social Media

How does your association use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, YouTube, Google +, blogs, etc.?

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Membership Promotion Kit or Campaign

A package containing print or electronic collateral and promotional items sent to the organization’s members or potential members.

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Daily or weekly Communication

Entries in this category can be in the form of an e-newsletter, radio program, podcast etc.

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Monthly Newsletter or Communication

Entries in this category can be in the form of an e-newsletter, radio program, podcast etc.

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Convention Program

A convention event handout that includes the convention’s daily schedule, explanation of events, and general event information.

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Promotional Items

A give-away item that promotes the association, an event or an association-related project. Examples include tote bags, hats, mugs, wine bottles, etc.

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Scholarly/Technical/Scientific Journal

A research or science-based magazine published on a monthly basis. How entries for this category will be judged: Creativity in both artistic as well as substantive content of one edition of your publication.

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Monthly Professional Society Magazine

A monthly magazine published by a professional society. How entries for this category will be judged: Creativity in both artistic as well as substantive content of one edition of your publication.

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Convention Promotion Package

A convention promotion package sent to prospective participants for the association’s convention or annual meeting.

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Annual Quarterly Magazine or Journal

Annual, bimonthly, biannual, seasonal (published three times a year) and quarterly magazines or journals should be submitted here.

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2018 All Media Contest

Have you created a unique marketing communications program for your organization?
Have a publication you think is award winning?
Did your last social media campaign increase member engagement?

Show off your best and most unique communications and marketing work when you enter the 2018 Association TRENDS All Media Contest. With 23 categories to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Enter today and have your work judged by a panel of experts in the most watched and respected communications contest in the association community. Winners will be honored live at the Salute to Association Excellence in Washington DC in March, 2019 and featured in print and online

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The 2018 Pinnacle Award


The winner of the 2018 Pinnacle Award is the top honor across all categories in the All Media Contest. The winner of this year’s Pinnacle Award will receive $500 to donate to a charity of their choice!


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Association Partners Welcome!

Did you create an awarding winning piece or campaign for an association client?
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Rules &

Eligibility: Items produced by or for national, regional, state and local associations and nonprofits between Nov. 1, 2017 and Nov. 30, 2018. Eligible organization types include associations, professional societies and nonprofits. Suppliers who work on media products for these organizations may also enter on behalf of the association, society or nonprofit. NOTE: Suppliers who enter on behalf of their clients must include complete information for their own organization AND their client organization.

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Entry Deadlines & Fees

Entry Fees:

  • Early Bird Entry Fee (ends Nov 09, 2018) $95.00 per entry and per category
  • Late Entry Fee (Ends Dec 10, 2018) $135.00 per entry and per category
  • EXTENDED Late Entry Fee (Ends Jan 11, 2019) $135.00 per entry and per category

Entry Deadlines:

  • Earl Bird Deadline: Nov 09, 2018 by 11:59 pm EDT
  • Final Deadline: Dec 10, 2018 by 11:59 pm EDT
  • EXTENDED Final Deadline: Jan 11, 2019 by 11:59 pm EDT

Print, online, broadcast, electronic and audio/visual entries are accepted for all categories. Websites and social media are acceptable for Categories 21 and 22 respectively. If your entry requires a username and/or password, please remember to include it with your entry.

**All entries must include a physical sample. ** Entries received without required information in the requested format will be disqualified.

How to enter multiple entries:

Entering multiple entries in the same category:
Each entry must have its own entry fee and all of the required information. For example, if you want to submit three different editions of a monthly magazine, you must submit three entry fees and three hardcopies with affixed cover sheets.

Entering the same item in multiple categories:
Some entries may fit into more than one category. If you wish to submit your piece into multiple categories, you must treat each entry as a unique unit with its own entry fee, physical sample, etc. For example, if your organization’s Educational Program (Category #20) is also part of your Membership Promotion Kit (Category #15) and you would like to enter it twice, you must submit two entry fees and two physical samples with affixed cover sheets.

Checklist for a complete entry

If all items are not included from the list below, your entry will be disqualified.

1. Entry Title:
Please use the formal title of your entry. This is the title that will be used on all awards for winning entries. NOTE: This is not the title of your organization.

2. Entrant Information:
Please provide complete contact information: 1) Name of contact 2) Name of organization 3) Phone number 4) Email address 5) Organization address. Please make sure that all information corresponds to one individual within your organization. Only the organization’s name and the item entry title will be printed on the award

3. Credit information:
If you have partnered with an outside supplier or vendor that you would like to recognize, please provide their information in “credits” during the entry process. Please do not include additional staff directly employed by your organization.

4. Statement of Purpose:
While not required, it is recommended that you provide at least a paragraph explaining your entry and why it deserves to win. There are no minimums or limits for length. Please affix this document to your physical sample.

5. Physical Samples:
DO NOT MOUNT OR ENCASE IN SLEEVES OR BINDERS. A physical sample of each entry is required. If your entry wins, the physical sample that you provide us will be displayed at the 2018 Salute to Association Excellence. Please do not staple, tape or glue any pages or documents to your physical sample. We recommend using an appropriately sized binder clip to attach the required cover sheet to your sample. For “most improved” entries, please send samples of both the before and after. For any electronic entries such as a website, video, or social media page, you must either take a screen shot of the entry, printed and sent to us, or you must send a flash drive, CD or DVD. All samples become the property of Association TRENDS.

All samples must be sent to Association TRENDS, Attn: All Media Contest, 1560 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 825 Arlington, VA 22209 on or before Friday, January 11, 2019. Entries without a physical sample will be disqualified. Physical samples without a cover sheet will also be disqualified.

6. Cover Sheet:
Each entry must be sent with its appropriate cover sheet. This sheet is available to print after submitting your entry online. This cover sheet includes required information you need to supply in order to have your entry(ies) be considered: entry title, entry ID, category, organization name, contact name. For multiple entries, print the cover sheet for each and include with each physical sample.

General Judging Guidelines:

  • Suitability for the audience
  • Design attributes
  • Quality of production
  • Quality of content with "eye-catching" or unusual material that engages the audience
  • Use of up to date information with a contemporary look and feel
  • Lack of errors
  • Ease of navigation through the publication, media kit, etc.

Notification of Winners:
Those who created the entrant account will be notified by e-mail. Winners will be announced in January 2019 and will be featured in print, online, and at the 40th Annual Salute to Association Excellence Luncheon in March, 2019. We will announce all of the winners and the 2018 Pinnacle Award live at the 40th Annual Salute to Association Excellence.


  • By credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover
  • By check: Write a single check for the total amount of entries, made payable to “Columbia Books.” Print out your online payment page and attach to check. Send check in the same package with samples.

Where do I send samples and check payments?

Association TRENDS
Attn: All Media Contest
1560 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 825
Arlington, VA 22209.


Call: 1-888-265-0600

TERMS AGREEMENT – IMPORTANT! By submitting an entry, you agree to the terms as set in these rules. Also, you claim the authority to grant, and do so grant permission to Association TRENDS, a division of Columbia Books to use the image of the entered publication or product, plus any information submitted on the entry form, in any promotional or other related use pertaining to the Association TRENDS All-Media Contest and Salute to Association Excellence program before, during and after the events.

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Asked Questions
I can’t remember my password  

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( and click forgot password link in the upper right corner

I am trying to use my username and password from last year to login and it is not working. 
If I am entering a website category, how do I send in a physical sample? 
I am entering the Social Media category, how do I send a physical sample? 
What if I plan to enter before the November 9th early bird deadline but I don’t think my entries will arrive at your office before then. Will I still qualify for the early bird rate? 
I want to enter the Direct Marketing Piece/ Promotion category but my kit contains several pieces. Do I have to enter them all separately? 
My association publishes a magazine 5 times a year, can I still enter the Annual/Quarterly Magazine or Journal category?+
I want to enter the quarterly magazine category. Do I send one magazine as a sample to judge or do you need all issues from the year?+
For our Annual Convention we did three consecutive mailing pieces. Can I submit that as a “package” or is that three different entries?+
I entered online, but I want to provide more information about my entry. How do I do this?+

2018 All Media Contest