The 2023 Azbees Open for Entries
About the Azbee Awards
ASBPE’s 45th annual Azbee Awards of Excellence competition is now open for submissions from Jan.1,2023 through Mar.31,2023 at 3 pm.
These highly competitive editorial and design awards celebrate the highest quality reporting, editing and design in business-to-business, trade, association and professional publications across all platforms, including magazines, newspapers, e-newsletters, websites and social media.
The top entries nationwide receive national awards across 63 categories, from our All Content, Design, Online, Print and Overall Excellence divisions. Entries also compete against others in their own regions for regional awards.
|All Content, Print, Design, and Online categories||ASBPE members||Non-members|
|Submitted on or before Jan.15,2023||$140||$160|
|Submitted between Jan. 16,2023 and Feb.10,2023||$170||$190|
|Submitted between Feb.11,2023 and Mar.31,2023 at3 pm||$180||$200|
Follow all rules carefully to prevent disqualification. To enter the Azbee Awards of Excellence, you’ll need the following information. If you plan to submit multiple entries, we highly recommend preparing these items in advance for all submissions to save time during the entry process.
Your contact information.
Division and category for the entry.
Region for the entry.
Essay: No more than 250 words that discuss the work that went into the entry and its significance to readers.
For online entries: Direct URLs to access the entry, and username and password, if your website requires sign-in to view content. PDF entry files for print entries.
1.When was the first Azbee Awards of Excellence held?
2.How much should you pay at least to submit an entry as a non-member?
3.Which of the following will result in disqualification?
A.Submitting contact information.
C.An essay of three hundred words.
B.Sending entries before the deadline.
D.An online entry with a username.
A dad says he’s built a special bond with his two-year-old daughter after running a series of long distance races with her strapped（用带子系）to his back.
Chris Greenbank，36，a stonemason（石匠）from Stockport，Greater Manchester，even managed to complete a half marathon carrying the youngster in a special hiking carrier.
The single father, who has suffered from anxiety in the past, has been raising money to mental health support group Project 23. The group, which helps people with anxiety and mental health problems, asset up by Chris’s friend Mark Sproston.
Chris’s latest, Runnorthwests festive 10k in Cheshire, was his fourth race and he says, possibly their last, as the kid may be too heavy in spring. Besides, Chris had been a little worried if the weather would be too chilly for his daughter. “No matter how difficult it is, I want to get us both a festive. Christmas medal before it gets too cold.” He added, “We have four medals now and we have run 51km in total.”
In October Chris took just under three hours to complete the Manchester Half Marathon with his daughter on his back. The dad says his little girl rested her hand on his shoulder and kept it there for the whole duration of the run. He said, “Our bond isn’t something you can even put into words. My heart is full.”
Chris, who says exercise is an important part of positive mental health, believes there should be no reason why people can’t exercise because they have kids.
The pair also ran the Wilms low 10k in July this year and Chester Zoo 10k in October. Chris says of his daughter, “She loves it, and they are like mini adventures.”
4.What do we know about Project 23?
A. It was founded by Chris Greenbank.
B. It has organized 4 marathon events.
C.It helps people with psychological problems. D. It offers medical care to the disabled.
5. Why did Chris run the marathon in Cheshire with his daughter
A. To show the public his running skills.
C.To raise money for his serious illness.
B.To win a medal for their Christmas.
D.To develop his habit of doing sports.
6.Which of the following words can best describe Chris?
A.Caring and loving.
C.Ambitious and particular.
B.Frank and demanding.
D.Generous and outgoing.
7.What is the purpose of writing the text?
A.To introduce ways to relieve anxiety.
C. To involve readers in charity activities.
B. To show training methods of running.
D.To share a story of a father and a daughter.
An Arizona aquarium is celebrating the hatching of three endangered African penguin chicks, saying the tiny additions are genetically（从基因方面） valuable as zoos and aquariums around the world work to ensure the species＇ survival through breeding（培育）programs and conservation efforts.
Officials at OdySea Aquarium made the announcement Friday, posting video of the cute birds on social media. They hatched a few weeks ago and will remain behind the scenes with their parents until they’re ready for a public appearance.
African penguins have suffered a massive population decline over the decades and are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. So any successful hatching is cause for celebration, said Jess Peranteau, director of animal care and education at the aquarium.
“As the population of the African penguin continues to rapidly decline – down 23% in the past two years alone -OdySea Aquarium remains committed to the survival of the species in partnership with other Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” Peranteau said in a statement. The breeding program established by the association aims to build up a gene bank for the species.
Officials say two of the three new chicks in Scottsdale were born to parents Mojo and Lemieux-a power couple of sorts that was selected for pairing as part of the breeding program. The third chick was born to first-time parents Bubbles and Weasley.
Aquarium workers will regularly conduct “chick checks”, brief exams to monitor their growth and development and ensure they are hitting all necessary milestones. The three chicks have yet to be named, and their sex hasn’t yet been determined. For now they’re known by their numbers, 42, 43 and 44. In all, OdySea Aquarium now has 40 African penguins and has recorded 13 successful hatchings.
8.How did OdySea Aquarium celebrate the birth of the chicks?
A. By advertising its breeding program.
C. By holding a contest to name them.
B. By uploading a video of them online.
D.By offering a free visit to the zoo.
9. What is special about OdySea Aquarium?
A.It works on its own to protect penguins.
C.It has hatched 40 African penguins so far.
B. It aims to create new habitats for penguins.
D.It focuses on the survival of the penguins.
10.What can we learn about the three penguin chicks?
A.They were born to the same parents.
C.Their gender has been identified..
B.They were raised by a power couple.
D.Their growth is monitored closely.
11.Which is the text mainly about?
A. Endangered penguin chicks hatch at OdySea Aquarium.
B. Penguin chicks make their first appearance in public.
C. African penguins suffer a sharp decline in populations.
D.Newly-born penguins are taken good care of in zoos.
One Alahama school was extremely creative in encouraging students to read more and to help improve the school district＇s literacy. They added an Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine（售货机） an actual vending machine that allows students to add a special coin and get a brand new book.
Sixth-grade reading teacher Kristy White said students have been inspired to earn coins so they can get a new book. Every classroom has coins, and students can earn them by improving in their reading or math skills or exhibiting good behavior.
Kristy said it only takes one coin to use the machine. Nice! What’s even nicer is there are books for all grade levels and students even make suggestions for titles they’d like to see available. Funding for the vending machine came from community support through donations and grants.
Lucy Williamson was the first student to use the machine. The sixth-grader said she can see the growing excitement of her fellows and she looks forward to getting even more books. “This has some different books that the library doesn’t have and I’m able to keep the book longer because it’s mine so I have more time to read it,” Lucy said. She also shared that she rereads books often, so being able to choose a book that she can take home is a real plus.
Beyond reading, the vending machine has also encouraged students to behave better. And when a student gets a coin, everyone celebrates the win. “The students are thrilled when they are the student who gets the coin that week or one of the students, they come down here and the students cheer for them,” Kristy said.
We’re cheering for them, too! This is such a unique way to motivate students. Reading is so fundamental that it really serves as the foundation for all other learning. This vending machine is just one way to help students succeed.
12.What does the underlined word “literacy” in paragraph 1 mean?
D.Reading and writing ability.
13.What can we know about the vending machine?
A. It charges students for the special coins.
B.It encourages students’ positive growth.
C. It turns a blind eye to students’ proposals.
D.It aims to raise money for local community.
14.Why did Lucy commit herself to using the vending machine?
A.To enrich her extra-curricular life.
B.To escape from the school library.
C.To enjoy selecting and rereading books.
D. To gain respect and praise from her fellows.
15.Which is the suitable title for the text?
A.Kristy White:a Creative Reading Teacher
B.Lucy Williamson: a Model Pupil at School
C.A Unique Way to Inspire Students to Read
D.The Importance of Offering Reading Courses
The shoes you wear can reflect your style, mood, personality, attitude, and much more. Do you want to leave a strong impression?16 They add depth to your personality. So, it is recommended to never laze around the shoe matter.
Sneakers are the most frequently worn shoes these days. They represent a happy, sporty, and comfortable attitude. 17 From your friend’s birthday party to your workouts, you can wear sneakers everywhere. If you want to look professional, it is better to avoid these.
Leather sandals express a comfortable, chilled, and relaxed attitude. They are perfect for beach vacations. They are also street-friendly, you can also wear them for daily activities. They are considered the most suitable for your feet during summer.
Boots are one of the best additions to your shoe collection. They work well in personal and professional settings. They convey a strong, professional and confident attitude..18
Heels have been a status symbol since ancient time. 19 Kings and queens wore heels to show their high status. Even today, heels represent confidence, bravery, and even a high-status. Women who wear heels are more charming as well.
20 You should always keep a good check on your shoes and wear the most suitable pair. You need to dress up according to the situation, surroundings, and people. Only when you can do that, can you create the desired impression with your shoes.
A.You’ll feel confident in your skin.
B.Shoes can say more than you know.
C.A wide shoe collection can help you.
D.They are best paired with casual wear.
E.They convey a casual and light-hearted attitude.
F.You can wear a pair to the office and even parties.
G.They convey a strong, attractive, and powerful attitude.
Was there anything lonelier than sitting in a doctor’s waiting room on Chinese New Year’s Eve? It would have been nice to 21 a conversation. However, I sat patiently as a couple of new people were in their own little 22.I’d probably stare at my phone if I hadn’t forgotten to 23 it before I left home.
My checkup went well, and I breezed out to my car. I 24 the key. Nothing. I reached for my 25,and then remembered. Dead, like my car. I would have to use the phone inside. I went straight to the reception desk, hoping to whisper my 26,but the receptionist was not there. So I turned back to the people in the 27 room.
“I wouldn’t 28 do this,” I said, hoping I sounded 29.Several people turned toward me from their world to 30.“But my car won’t start…”
The nurse popped her head into the room. “I’ll get my jumper cables.” she said. The receptionist returned. “I’ve got a brand-new battery. You’re welcome to use it.” “Or mine,” another man said. A line of people 31 me to my car.
When the receptionist gave a 32 to start the car, everyone called out, “Try now!”
The engine turned over immediately. A 33 went up. I backed my car out of the space, then paused to 34 the crowd who’d saved the day. There’s no 35 Chinese New Year’s Eve than that.
|21. A. quit||B. read||C. start||D. continue|
|22. A. world||B. dream||C. hobby||D. area|
|23. A. buy||B. assess||C. choose||D. charge|
|24. A. found||B. turned||C. took||D. lost|
|25. A. phone||B. key||C. bag||D. report|
|26. A. invitation||B. request||C. secret||D. checkup|
|27. A. repairing||B. sitting||C. waiting||D. observing|
|28. A. normally||B. simply||C. necessarily||D. constantly|
|29. A. sorrowful||B. relaxed||C. innocent||D. apologetic|
|30. A. comment||B. listen||C. reply||D. support|
|31. A. followed||B. pushed||C. attracted||D. guided|
|32. A. promise||B. command||C. sign||D. remark|
|33.A. whistle||B. cheer||C. cry||D. voice|
|34. A. shout at||B. glance at||C. point at||D. wave at|
|35. A. crazier||B. tougher||C. better||D. worse|
As a freshman in college, Chelsea Fagan got her first credit card. Without really 36 (understand) how the credit system works, she maxed out her credit limit and 37 (throw) out the card without paying the bill. She ruined her credit.
To prevent credit ruin from happening again, Fagan started a personal blog38 (track) her budget. The blog has turned into The Financial Diet,39 is now a platform about “personal finance and living better” and aims to open the conversation about money, share advice40 educate young adults.
Now Fagan runs The Financial Diet with Graphic Designer Lauren Ver Hage. Their team41 (make) up of another five women and multiple guest contributors. Anyone who has something to share about anything related 42 money can submit a blog post and end up being published. This allows for plenty of opinions, 43 (experience) and tips. Aside from money, the topics include career tips, college finances, budgeting for your lifestyle and travel and how to manage your money to live your dream life.
44 first smart money move you can make is to take advantage of this free and informative resource. Doing so won’t cost you any money but can 45 (final)save you some.
The first time we set eyes on “Big Red”, father, mother and I were on our way home. As we passed the Eaton’s department store’s window, we stopped as usual to have a look and do a bit of dreaming.
The beautifully decorated window display held the best toys ever. There were dolls much too pretty to play with. And they all lay beneath a surprisingly fantastic dress. Mother’s eyes were glued to its shining red satin（缎子）.
“My goodness,” she whispered. “Look, at that!” Then, mother looked down at her own coat -she had worn the heavy grey wool coat every winter for as long as I could remember. Mom was forever doing chores-washing laundry, tending the pigs and working in the garden-so she always wore housedresses and an apron （围裙） to protect the front. She did have one or two “special” dresses saved for church on Sundays. Also, she managed to make almost all of our clothes. They weren’t fancy, but they were comfortable.
“What a silly dress!” She shook her head. “Who on earth would want such a big dress?” As we continued down the street, mother turned her head for one more look. “My goodness! You’d think they’d display something a person could use!”
Mother’s Day was nearing, and the red dress was soon forgotten. Mother, of all people, was not one to spend money on items that were not practical. “There are things we need more than this.” She’d always say. Choosing a gift for Mother’s Day for her was quite hard. When Dad and I asked, she thought carefully then asked for some tea towels, face cloths or a new basin.
On our last trip to town before Mother’s Day, we were driving up Main Street when Mother suddenly shouted in surprise: “Look!” She pointed excitedly as Dad drove past Eaton’s. “That big red dress is gone,” she said in disbelief. “Who’d be fool enough to buy such a dress?” Mother questioned， shaking her head. I was almost certain that I noticed a trace of longing（一丝渴望）in her voice.
On the morning of Mother’s Day, Mother got a large box that read “Eaton’s Finest Basin” on its wrapping paper.
“Oh Frank…”She choked up and couldn’t say a word, tears welling up in her eyes.