BIB Contest Rules & Information


Contest Year 2013


Welcome to the 19th annual Best in Business awards competition, sponsored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

This contest covers work published, broadcast and posted in the calendar year 2013.

Eligibility, category, entry and deadline information is below. Winners will be notified in February, and a complete list will be posted at Award certificates will be presented March 29, 2014, at ceremonies at the 51st annual SABEW spring conference at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix, AZ. 

The 2013 Best in Business contest opens Dec. 2, 2013.

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FAQs about the Best in Business contest

Download the new BIB rules for calendar year 2013



DEADLINES: Entries must be submitted by 2p.m. Eastern time Feb. 4, 2014. This is a firm deadline with no extensions. Online entries only.

HOW MUCH: Early-bird entry fees: $60 individual/$125 General Excellence available until 10:59 p.m. Central time Jan. 3, 2014 (11:59 EST, 9:59 MT, 8:59 PT). Regular entry fees: $65 individual /$125 General Excellence until 2 p.m. Eastern time Feb. 4, 2014 (11:59 EST, 9:59 MT, 8:59 PT).

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•New divisions for coverage of Small Business, Technology – and a new division called Innovation. Innovation entries could be packages that combine multimedia elements in unique, interesting ways. It could be mobile app or a data visualization project. It could be a story that uses nontraditional narrative techniques.

• A new division called Social Media that allows for 10-15 social-media entries that demonstrate a creative timely skillful use of the medium.

• A new division called Individual/Small Group Blog for those bloggers (no more than three) independent of a news outlet that are covering business and financial topics.

• One story or project may be entered into a maximum of two categories. (The contest previously allowed unlimited categories for one piece of journalism.)

•  Blog categories have been merged with Opinion/Column to form Commentary.

•  For the most part, we’ve eliminated mandatory dates allowing you to enter your finest work from the contest year. Exceptions: With some General Excellence categories, we’re asking for “weekday” and “weekend” choices.

• Entries in Personal Finance, Real Estate, Small Business, Technology divisions no longer need to share common bylines. The individual pieces (up to five) can come from any staffer.

• Our early-bird entry period is in its third year. Get a jump start on the contest and save a little money ($5 on single entries) by entering between 12:01 a.m. Dec. 2, 2013 and 10:59  p.m. Central Jan. 3, 2014.


Please use the links below for more detailed information and instructions.

Brief outline of the divisions

Brief outline of the categories

General Rules

Rules for each division are listed below

Division I: Digital

Division II: Individual/ Small Group Blog

Division III: Innovation

Division IV: International

Division V: News Agencies

Division VI.(a) Print — Daily newspapers

Division VI.(b) Print — Magazines

Division VI.(c) Print- Weeklies/biweeklies

Division VII: Radio/TV

Division VIII: Personal Finance

Division IX: Real Estate

Division X: Social Media

Divisioin XI: Small Business

Division XII: Student

Division XIII: Technology

Questions? Send an e-mail message to For general contest information, contact SABEW executive director Warren Watson, If you would like more information about SABEW membership, contact membership coordinators Spring Eselgroth at

List of 2013 contest winners

List of 2012 contest winners

List of 2011 contest winners

List of 2010 contest winners

List of 2009 contest winners


BIB Contest

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