The LavaCon Content Strategy Conference: Creating Unified Content Experiences | October 27-30, 2019 | Portland, OR

Rules and Eligibility

LavaCon Content Impart Awards
Rules and Eligibility

Deadline for submission: September 30, 2019

Achievements must be completed by prior to award application. We cannot judge entries that are planned or in pilot stages. 


Please limit the number of people and organizations cited to eight. (This includes the names of people and departments involved with the project.) We will use the names as they appear on the entry form for the digital certificates. We understand that there may be more than eight people involved in the project, so feel free to share the award and recognize those individuals internally within your organization.


Submissions are free of charge, however if you win an award, please be willing and able to present your project at LavaCon 2019. There may be an option to present during a remote webinar, but that is up to LavaCon staff.

Enter here:

Unacceptable Material

Entries must not contain pornographic, hate-based, or other offensive content. We want award winners to make a positive impact on everyone and not be exclusionary, divisive, or offensive to individuals or other groups. 

Terms and Conditions of Entry and Usage Rights

By submitting an entry, entrants affirm they:

  • Own or have permission to share content samples, entry artifacts (documents, PDFs, graphics, videos, etc.), and other entry materials they submit for the award.
  • Have identified the significant contributors to the achievement and have not left significant contributors off the application.
  • Really have done the work documented in the award application.
  • Give LavaCon the right to publish the award entries royalty- and license-free. This is the story of the content, not the content itself. The content is still owned by the author or organization the author represents.
  • Give LavaCon the permission to use applicants’ names and samples at a LavaCon conference, in  marketing for both LavaCon and the LavaCon Content Impact Award, and in technical communication education, and indemnify LavaCon against copyright infringement for using content as such. This includes, but not limited to promotion on social media, print publications, and video broadcasts. 
  • Agree that the decisions of the judges are final.

If these terms and conditions are not acceptable to the submitter and their organization, their entries are not valid and will not be judged or eligible for any award. 

Judging/Acceptance Criteria

The LavaCon Content Impact Award goes beyond recognizing excellence in the field of content strategy, content marketing, or technical communication. We feel that excellence should be the norm and is too low a bar for qualification. Instead, we recognize those content projects that have a true and measurable impact on their given audience or organization. 

Our judges are experts in the field, and use their experience to evaluate entries based on the information supplied in the submission form. Judges assign a letter grade (A,B,C,D,F, or N/A) for each of the following areas:

  • Impact of Change
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Organization Adoption
  • Return on Investment

Entries must obtain at least a B average to receive an Impact award. 

Judges may contact the references supplied in the submission form to verify content and to clarify information found on the form.

Best of Show and Conference Discounts

A Best of Show award will be presented to the entry with the highest average. In the case of a statistical tie, the tie-breaker is determined by a consensus of the judges. 

The Best of Show award will be announced and presented at LavaCon Portland.  One person from the organization winning Best of Show will be comp’ed into the conference to receive the award, and possibly summarize their case study as a lunch presentation (time permitting).

All award winners may attend LavaCon Portland for 50% off conference registration. (Does not apply to attendees who are already registered.)

Non-English Language Entries

LavaCon accepts non-English language entries, and will judge the entry in this language as long as judges can be found who speaks the language. Otherwise, LavaCon may request English translations and subtitles on entries.