What you should know and do now:
· The 2021 ACE C&A program will open for submissions on January 8, with a firm deadline of February 15th.
· Review category and class descriptions and begin thinking now about what work you will enter.
Other key dates:
Entries must meet these criteria:
You can enter the same product only once within each category. You can enter the same product in all categories if it qualifies.
Various parts of a product may be entered in different classes. For example, a magazine could be entered in a publishing class, a story from the magazine in a writing class, the cover in a graphic design class and the magazine’s interactive website in an information technology class.
Each entry must be submitted separately and accompanied by the appropriate information and entry fee.
ACE members and nonmembers may enter. To be eligible to enter as a member, an individual must have current dues paid at the time of entry.
A team can be all ACE members, mixed with members and nonmembers, or all nonmembers.
Fees for 2021:
The method of payment is online via credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). Follow the instructions in the Submittable system. Call the ACE office (847-647-8861) if you need to pay for multiple entries using a department credit card.
All entries must be uploaded into Submittable. You will need to create a Submittable account.
Name files using this format: YourLastName_EntryTitle_Class_Document. For example: Smith_Extension100years_writing1.pdf
Do not name files as you probably would on your own computer since ACE and judges need to be able to quickly identify many entries. For example, don’t submit files titled Class1entry.pdf or Miller100years.pdf.
The lead entrant is responsible for listing teammates on the entry form. ACE cannot add teammates to entries after they have been submitted without the consent of the lead entrant and/or the individual or institution paying for the entry.
Judges evaluate entries using criteria developed for each class by ACE Learning Communities. Judges provide a numerical score and critique comments for each entry. They are asked to highlight the entry’s strengths and weaknesses and describe specific changes that could improve its effectiveness.
Judges can select a gold, silver and bronze award in each class. Each gold-winning entry is then judged a second time against all other gold winners in a category to select that category’s Outstanding Professional Skill Award. ACE does not award ties in a class or category. Judges may choose to make no award in a class or category.
If a judge believes an entry is in the wrong class, they may move it to an appropriate class. ACE will notify you if this occurs.
ACE reserves the right to disqualify entries that are incomplete or otherwise do not follow the rules and instructions for the overall C&A program, the category and the class.
All judges' decisions are final.
All winners will be listed in the 2021 ACE Awards presentation and on the ACE website.
Awards will be presented at the ACE Conference in June 2021.
All winners receive certificates.
Outstanding Professional Skill (OPS) award winners receive one award per entry, provided it is an ACE member entry (individual or team).
Outstanding Professional Skill award winners are asked to prepare a two-minute (max) video for the awards ceremony.
If you request it on the entry form, ACE will notify one administrator about your accomplishment.
Please contact ACE firstname.lastname@example.org, or 847-647-8861.