Information for Entrants
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Deadline: Look for this year's competition information in mid-September.
What Are the Fees Per Entry?
The fees for the 2018-2019 STC WDCB Technical Communication Competition are
- STC WDCB Member: $100 per entry
- STC Member of another community: $125 per entry
- Non-STC member: $150 per entry
- Full-Time Student: $75 per entry
If the submitter is a member of STC or if any of the contributors is a member of STC, you pay the STC member rate for your entries.
All fees are in U.S. funds.
What Methods of Payment Do You Accept?
The STC Washington, DC – Baltimore (WDCB) Chapter is a PayPal Verified account. You may use PayPal to make a secure online payment using your credit card, debit card, bank account, or by paying money from a funded PayPal account. For all STC WDCB payments through PayPal, creating a PayPal account is not required to complete a purchase. Use the following instructions to make a secure online payment through PayPal.
Payments must be in U.S. funds. Enter the amount in U.S. funds. PayPal will accept payment in sixteen currencies and make the currency conversion for you from:
- Australian Dollar
- Canadian Dollar
- Czech Koruna
- Danish Kroner
- Hong Kong Dollar
- Hungarian Forint
- New Zealand Dollar
- Norwegian Kroner
- Polish Zloty
- Pound Sterling
- Singapore Dollar
- Swedish Kronor
- Swiss Franc
Credit cards accepted are: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.
Purchase orders are not accepted. Submissions without payment will not be accepted or returned.
How Do I Pay the Fees?
Paying by Check
If you are paying by check, simply attach the check to the original copy of your entry form, include it in your entry package, and send it to the entries address given in the Deadlines and Delivery Instructions page. Make your check payable to STC Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter.
Federal Tax ID for the Chapter: 52-1296396.
Federal Tax ID for the Society: 31-4424296.
Paying through PayPal
Use the following instructions for paying through our PayPal competition payments account page. Attach a copy of your PayPal receipt to your original entry form, include it in your entry package, and send it to the entries address given in the Deadlines and Delivery Instructions page.
Note: You may combine fees for multiple entries into one PayPal payment.
- Click on the orange PayPal Payments button below to open a separate browser window that takes you to our secure transaction payment form.
The following fields are pre-filled; do not change them:
- Pay To: shows STC Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter.
- Payment For: shows Competition fee payment.
- Quantity shows the number 1, which indicates that there is one payment being made; one charge to your credit card. (Combine all fees for multiple entries into one PayPal payment.)
- Currency: shows U.S. Dollars.
- In the Amount: field, enter the total fee amount for your entry or entries.
- Shipping & Handling: shows $0.00.
- No PayPal account? Or, you want to pay by credit card? if you don't have a PayPal account, you can pay by credit card, which will be processed by our PayPal account. For credit card payments or if you are a first time PayPal user or you are not paying from a funded PayPal account or from an established funded source (registered your credit / debit card or bank account with PayPal), take the following steps:
- Click the link "Don't have a PayPal account?" in the box below the PayPal login form.
- Fill in your Billing information and follow the instructions on the site to continue checking out.
No shipping is required (you are paying for a service).
- Click Pay to complete your payment.
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- Enter your log-in details.
- Click Continue.
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- Click Pay.
If you would like to sign up for a free PayPal account, you may do so at the end of the checkout process. An account is recommended to speed you through the payment process for future payments to the chapter. For more information about PayPal accounts, see the PayPal FAQ page.
Note: If someone else has signed up with PayPal on your computer, you may need to go through the PayPal home page's SIGN UP button to create your own account if your browser already has a PayPal cookie with the other user's information. Additional information about accounts is available from PayPal.
What Do I Get in Return?
In return for the entry fees, you receive comprehensive written evaluations for each entry from two to three professional technical communicators, regardless of whether the entry won an award. You also have the opportunity to earn Merit, Excellence, or Distinguished Technical Communication (DTC) awards.
WDCB winners of the DTC and Excellence awards qualify to submit their entries to STC's International Summit Awards Competition (not held in 2018). There are additional entry fees for STC's International Summit Awards Competition.
If your entry receives an award at the chapter level, then you receive up to three (3) free award certificates, one for each contributor for the entry. If you have more than three contributors, extra chapter-level certificates are available for purchase for $15.00 USD each. (Make sure you download and submit the Additional Contributors form (.doc) with your entry.)
There are also free award badges available in several file formats to identify your entry as award-winning. For details, see STC WDCB Competition Award Badges.
If your entry receives a chapter-level Best of Show (BOS), then each contributor (up to three) receives a free engraved memento in addition to an award certificate. If you have more than three contributors, extra BOS awards are available for purchase for $75.00 USD each. (Make sure you download and submit the Additional Contributors form (.doc) with your entry.)
All net proceeds for the WDCB chapter-level competition go into the chapter's operating expenses and award funds.