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Welcome to the 21st 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 2015.

Eligibility, category, entry, and deadline information is below. Winners will be notified in March 2016, and a complete list will be posted on the SABEW website ( by the end of March. Award certificates will be presented at ceremonies at the 53rd annual SABEW spring conference in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 2016. 

The 2015 Best in Business contest deadline has been extended to Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 11:59 p.m. EST. This is a one-time, one-week extension in support of our SABEW members digging out from the epic storm.


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FAQs about the Best in Business contest 

PDF version: BIB Rules 2015




DEADLINES: The contest deadline has been extended to Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

HOW MUCH: Early-bird entry fees: $55 individual/$120 General Excellence available until midnight EST on Dec. 31, 2015. Regular entry fees: $70 individual /$135 General Excellence will begin Jan 1, 2016.

STAFF HOURS: SABEW Staff will be available to help with BIB questions and entries, Monday- Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m MT.

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  • The early-bird entry period saves you even more money this year. Get a head start on the contest and save $15 per entry by entering between 12:01 a.m. EST on Dec. 1, 2015, and midnight EST on Dec. 31, 2015.
  • This year, podcasts have been added to the Radio/TV division.
  • Categories within the Radio/TV/Podcast division have been updated.


General Rules

Brief outline of the divisions 

Brief outline of the categories 


Division Rules:

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/Podcast

Division X: Personal Finance

Division XI: Real Estate

Division XII: Social Media

Division 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 Crystal Beasley 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


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