BIB Contest Rules & Information


Contest Year 2014


Welcome to the 20th 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 2014.

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 at ceremonies at the 52st annual SABEW spring conference in Chicago, April 25, 2015.

The 2014 Best in Business contest closes Feb. 4, 2015.

Click here to START the entry process

FAQs about the Best in Business contest

PDF version: BiB Rules 2014



STAFF HOURS: SABEW Staff will be available to help with BIB questions and entries Jan. 27 -Feb. 4, Monday- Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m MT. On Saturday, Jan. 30, please call 602-496-7862 or email for assistance between the hours of 9:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m MT. Staff will not be available Sunday, Feb. 1. 

DEADLINES: Entries must be submitted by 6 p.m. (CST) Feb 4, 2015 (7 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT).

HOW MUCH: Early-bird entry fees: $60 individual/$125 General Excellence available until 10:59 p.m. (CST) Dec. 31, 2014 (11:59 EST, 9:59 MT, 8:59 PT). Regular entry fees: $65 individual /$125 General Excellence will begin Jan. 1, 2015.

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  • New divisions for coverage of Health Care, Energy and Government. For these new contests, judges will be looking for stories that shine a light on where Health Care, Energy or Government and business intersect.  
  • In its third year: Innovation. Innovation entries can be packages that combine multimedia elements in unique, interesting ways. Data visualization projects are encouraged for entry in this category.
  • In its second year: A new division called Social Media that allows for 10-15 social-media entries that demonstrate a creative timely skillful use of the medium.
  • One story or project may be entered into a maximum of two categories. That total excludes General Excellence, where submissions in other categories might be part of the broader entry.
  • Blog categories have been merged with Opinion/Column to form Commentary.
  • For the most part, we’ve eliminated mandatory dates. Enter the work you think is best, as long as it was published in 2014. Exceptions: With some General Excellence categories, we’re asking for “weekday” and “weekend” choices.
  • Entries in Personal Finance, Real Estate, Small Business, Technology, Health Care, Energy and Government divisions no longer need to share common bylines. An entry may include five pieces from one reporter or a selection of pieces from various reporters as long as they fall within the category subject.
  • Early-bird entry period is in its third year. Get a head start on the contest and save a little money ($5 on single entries) by entering between 12:01 a.m. Dec. 1, 2014 and 10:59 p.m. (CST) Dec. 31, 2014.

A quick note on awards:

Plaques will be ordered roughly one month after certificates are either picked up at the awards ceremony or have been sent out via U.S. mail. 

SABEW provides one plaque per honored entry, which will be mailed to the address noted within the entry or within the institutional/individual membership.

Additional plaques may be ordered directly from the engraver.

DSport Engraving – 573.441.0317 or

1034 E. Walnut
Columbia, MO 65201

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: Energy

Division III: Government

Division IV: Health Care

Division V: Innovation

Division VI: International

Division VII: News Agencies

Division VIII.(a) Print — Daily newspapers

Division VIII.(b) Print — Magazines

Division VIII.(c) Print- Weeklies/biweeklies

Division IX: Radio/TV

Division X: Personal Finance

Division XI: Real Estate

Division XII: Social Media

Divisioin XIII: Small Business

Division XIV: Student

Division XV: Technology

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

List of 2014 contest winners

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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