RE: Contests for Technical Documentation?

Subject: RE: Contests for Technical Documentation?
From: "Susan W. Gallagher" <sgallagher -at- kinzan -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 13:31:25 -0800

> "Iain.Lang" wrote:
> >
> > The documentation team at Leitch Technology is thinking
> about entering some
> > of their documentation in a contest.
> >
> Bruce Byfield wonders:

> Why would they want to? ...
> If you've a professional writer, you probably (or should) keep track
> of the current standards...
> At any rate, I seriously doubt that a contest will tell you much...

Now me:

I have entered and won STC publication competitions. I have also served
as a judge. There are benefits from sitting on both sides of the fence.

As a competitor, it is eye-opening and rewarding to receive feedback
from your peers, whether you win an award or not. If you win, your
company can boast "award-winning documentation", your value goes up
a notch or two in the eyes of your collegues in development and
marketing, and that certificate makes a big splash in your portfolio.

As a judge, you have the opportunity to see what others are doing
and to take a long, hard look at another author's approach to
documentation. The experience broadens your horizons considerably.
Being a pubs competition judge doesn't hurt your resume any, either.

The STC pubs competitions that I've been involved with have been
extremely fair and impartial.

Sue Gallagher
sgallagher -at- kinzan -dot- com

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