About ASTM International / 2009 ASTM International Advantage Award

First Prize: $15,000 • Second Prize: $10,000 • Third Prize: $5,000

Competition Rules

Eligibility: The competition is open to anyone except current or former ASTM employees, ASTM freelance writers or current members of the ASTM board of directors. Only one paper may be submitted by each author. Co-authorship is permitted.

Content: Papers must accurately address, in detail, the impact of using an ASTM standard or set of ASTM standards and must contain supporting data.

Originality: Papers must be original and not previously published, previously submitted to the ASTM Advantage Award or any other venue, or under consideration anywhere. Author must have the right/license to use any illustrations, graphic material or photos contained in the paper.

Format: Papers must be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Charts, graphs, and images, etc., are encouraged (see .Originality. above). Papers must be typewritten and double-spaced.

Language: Only papers submitted in English will be considered.

Timeline: Deadline for receipt of papers is June 1, 2009.

Submission requirements: Papers should be submitted electronically, and must be accompanied by an entry form. Submissions will be judged anonymously by a panel selected by ASTM International. Since the judges must handle the papers without knowledge of the identity of the author, it is required that the paper itself show no identification. Only the title of the paper should appear on the title page. The paper title, author's name, and contact information must be shown on the entry form only. Submit papers via email to Maryann Gorman, ASTM International, mgorman@astm.org.

Selection Criteria: All submissions will be reviewed and judged based on demonstration of the impact of the ASTM standard(s), the presentation of tangible value (cost savings, efficiencies, global use, etc.), and the inclusion of support data and background information. Only papers that comply with the competition rules and requirements will be presented to the judges. Judges' decisions are final.

Publication: Each contestant grants publication rights and assigns copyright to ASTM International. The winning papers (and perhaps others) will be published in ASTM Standardization News and possibly elsewhere.

Prizes: Cash prizes will be awarded to the author(s) listed on the entry form. $15,000 for the first prize, $10,000 for the second prize, and $5,000 for the third prize. Co-authors will share cash awards equally unless both agree otherwise in writing. In addition, award plaques will be presented to the authors of the top three winning papers. ASTM International is not obligated to award prizes if no qualified entries are received or if the judges make no award.

Publicity: ASTM International may use the names, biographical information, prize amounts and photographs of winners for publicity purposes. ASTM International may use biographical information from authors of all papers it chooses to publish.

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Download the 2009 ASTM International Advantage Award Entry Form.