Posted July 2007
writers win APEX 2007 Awards including a Grand Award!
Marien Helz has been
awarded the APEX 2007 Grand Award in the category Writing
for the writing series, Growing Up in Gaithersburg published in
The series covers a wide span of topics ranging from being a “paper boy”
in the 1950s to a Gaithersburg child who put himself in “Grave Danger”
playing in the street in 2006. The articles are inspired by events in
Helz’s years growing up, and nearly always have the phrase, “growing up
in Gaithersburg,” somewhere in the column. Helz won an Apex Award of
Excellence 2005 for an editorial published in Word Worth®—World
magazine of Ideas and the Arts in 2004.
Graceann Macleod, 20878
columnist, has won an Apex Award of Excellence
for a column published in Word Worth in May of 2006. In that
Macleod writes about her mother who died when
Macleod was just
twenty-two years old.
Macleod’s column is extremely moving without a
trace of sentimentality.
Charles Miess won an
Apex Award of Excellence for his column, “Superlatives Grow as the
Standards Go” published in the July 2006 issue of Maryland 20878.
M. H. Perry, editor
of Maryland 20878, has received an Apex Award for an
editorial published in Word Worth, “Rediscovering Rupert Brooke.”
APEX 2007—the 19th
Annual Awards for Publication Excellence—is an international competition
that recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines
to annual reports, brochures and Web sites.
The initial selection
process for the Apex Awards involves writers, editors,
publishers, and agencies selecting their best work
to submit for awards. From approximately 5000 entries,
judges select the works which they deem to represent
excellence in graphic design, editorial content,
writing, and the success of the entry in achieving
overall communications effectiveness and excellence.
Only about a third meet the high standards set by the
judges for an Award of Excellence. Of those, the work of
approximately two percent are considered to be of the
caliber worthy of a Grand Award.
According to the
APEX 2007 judges, "The awards were based on excellence in graphic
design, quality of editorial content and the success of the entry in
conveying the message and achieving overall communications
effectiveness." Of 4916 entries this year, a total of 114 APEX Grand
Awards were presented in 11 major categories to honor the outstanding
works in those categories.
The APEX Awards for
Publication Excellence is an annual competition for writers, editors,
publications staff and business and nonprofit communicators. It is
sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., publishers of business
In the Nineteenth
Annual APEX Awards, awards were given in 105 communications categories,
in 11 main categories including: newsletters; magazines and journals;
magapapers and newspapers; annual reports; brochures, manuals and
reports; electronic and video publications; Web and intranet sites;
campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and