ASPC Extends Entry Deadline for 2011 Annual Report Awards Competition

PITTSBURGH, October 6, 2011--The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC) announced today that it has extended the deadline for entries to the 2011 ASPC Annual Report Awards competition. All entries must now be postmarked by Friday, November 4, 2011.

Copies of the call for entries, the entry form and lists of past winners are available on the ASPC Web site, www.asprocomm.com. For more information or to download a copy of the entry form, visit www.asprocomm.com/annreports.php

The ASPC Annual Report Awards competition honors the outstanding work done each year on these most important documents. The competition judges entries against others in four revenue classes -- not-for-profits, companies with gross revenues less than $250 million, companies with gross revenues between $250 million and $2.5 billion, and companies with gross revenues greater than $2.5 billion -- and focuses on the major features of the annual report: front cover, letter to shareholders, narrative, design and photography, and financial presentation. An award is also given for the best online annual reports among entries from each revenue class.

"This year we celebrate the 11th anniversary of the ASPC Annual Report Awards competition, a program that aims to recognize outstanding achievement in annual report production across categories that represent the most important features of a successful annual report," said ASPC Awards Coordinator Byron Daly. "An organization's annual report may be its most important individual communication each year, and this competition is an excellent opportunity to recognize and honor the very best in annual report writing, design, photography and financial presentation, as well as online availability and new media features."

In addition to the competition's best-of-category awards, the ASPC awards committee also may bestow a Colonial Award for Excellence or certificate of honorable mention upon exceptional entries.

The extension of the deadline is in response to the many requests received from interested participants. ASPC officials stress that the extension will not affect the notification of honorees, which is scheduled for the week of December 5.

As a service to competition participants, the ASPC is again offering a written critique of submitted annual reports. Since the program's inception, approximately 25 percent of participants have elected to receive written critiques. Critiques examine each annual report by the contest categories and provide comparative analysis against current trends and long-accepted standards. The fee for this optional service has been maintained at just $475. Participation in the written critique and analysis program in no way affects competition judging.

The American Society of Professional Communicators (ASPC), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is working to create a platform for education, innovation and the recognition of excellence among professional communicators. Founded in 2000, the ASPC sponsors two annual awards programs, the ASPC Masters Communication Awards competition and the ASPC Annual Report Awards competition. For more information, visit the ASPC Web site, www.asprocomm.com.