This year's Touchstone technical communication competition needs experienced technical communicators to serve as judges. Details and application forms are at Volunteer2Judge.html
This year's calendar provides the dates of meetings that judges must attend.
If the balance between judges and entries is as in prior years, you will volunteer approximately forty hours of work over a six-week period, working with one or two judging partners to evaluate six to eight entries.
Judging entails both collaboration and individual effort. Your team generates consensus award recommendations, but each judge provides a separate written evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of each entry.
Judging is good for your career. You work with other experienced technical communicators on a worthy project, and you have a chance to study some of the best work in your field. It's also fun.
Judges receive free admission to the gala awards event in January, and one judge, in a random drawing, will win up to $250 toward next year's STC membership dues.