2013 RULES

2013 NLG Writers’ Competition Rules

Please read the following rules carefully, and follow the directions scrupulously. The judges will do their best to correct obvious mistakes involving the numbering, but entries that fail to conform to the rules (including correct numbering) will be subject to disqualification.

To be eligible for consideration in any of this year’s categories, entries must have been published (or posted on the Internet) between May 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013. Except where noted, three (3) copies of each entry must be submitted, and each copy must be accompanied by a cover sheet listing the category and other information spelled out in the rules. 

  • No entrant may submit more than one (1) entry in any single category. (The same entry may also be included in the portfolio competition, however.)
  • In categories with only one entry, judges may decide that no award will be given, or may substitute Special NLG Recognition for the regular NLG Award.
  • The judges reserve the right to change the category in which an entry may compete, if they believe such change is necessary to assure equity of all participants.
  • No entries will be returned under any circumstance.
  • All judges’ decisions are binding and final; confidentiality of all judging is absolute.
  • All entries must be received no later than June 28, 2013.

Entries should be sent to the contest coordinator at the following address: Scott A. Travers, c/o Sal Germano, SGRC Inc., 625 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506. The address is the same as last year.

As in the past, entries in a number of categories will be judged by editors and other well-qualified individuals outside the numismatic field. This will not affect the manner in which entries are submitted, but it’s all the more reason to take special care in preparing a complete cover sheet, as required, to accompany each copy of each entry. This will make the judges’ job much easier and ensure that each entry is considered in the proper category.

Each cover sheet must include the following information or it will be disqualified:

CATEGORY NUMBER
ENTRANT’S NAME & ADDRESS
PUBLICATION
PUBLICATION DATE
TITLE OR HEADING
AUTHOR (IF OTHER THAN ENTRANT)

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BOOKS

Books may be submitted by author, publisher or editor. Three (3) copies must be submitted. Eligible are new books or those accepted by the judges at their sole discretion as substantially revised versions of earlier works.

1. BOOK OF THE YEAR
The work having the greatest potential impact on numismatics: Criteria include overall reader appeal, research quality, photographic, printing and graphic excellence, cover and typography where applicable. Books submitted in the specialized categories may be considered for Book of the Year as well.

BEST SPECIALIZED BOOK ON:
2. United States Coins
3. World Coins
4. U.S. Paper Money
5. World Paper Money
6. Tokens & Medals
7. Numismatic Investments
8. Museum & Exhibition Catalogs

 

U.S. NUMISMATIC MAGAZINES

(Coins, COINage magazine and similar periodicals. Double issues are excluded.)

BEST ARTICLE OR SERIES OF ARTICLES
Three (3) copies of articles dealing with:
9. Coins
10. Tokens & Medals
11. Paper Money

12. BEST COLUMN
Three (3) copies EACH of three (3) selections from ongoing column.

13. BEST ISSUE
Three (3) copies of the issue submitted by the publisher or editor. Criteria include overall numismatic appeal, features, departments, graphics, journalistic and editorial excellence as applicable.

 

WORLD NUMISMATIC MAGAZINES

(World Coin News, The Celator, similar overseas publications.)

BEST ARTICLE OR SERIES OF ARTICLES
Three (3) copies of articles dealing with:
14. Coins
15. Tokens & Medals
16. Paper Money

17. BEST COLUMN
Three (3) copies EACH of three (3) selections from ongoing column.

18. BEST ISSUE
Three (3) copies of the issue submitted by the publisher or editor. Same criteria as Category 13.

 

LARGE-CIRCULATION AND OTHER NON-PROFIT OR CLUB NUMISMATIC PUBLICATIONS

(National publications, including The Numismatist and The ANS Journal, and others with a circulation of 2,500 or more.)

19. BEST ARTICLE
Three (3) copies of articles dealing with any subject related to numismatics (ONE Award).

20. BEST COLUMN
Three (3) copies EACH of (3) selections from ongoing column.

21. BEST ISSUE
Three (3) copies of the issue submitted by publisher or editor. Same criteria as Category 13.

 

SMALL-CIRCULATION AND OTHER NON-PROFIT OR CLUB NUMISMATIC PUBLICATIONS

(State, regional and local publications and others with a circulation of less than 2,500.)

22. BEST ARTICLE
Three (3) copies of articles dealing with any subject related to numismatics (ONE Award).

23. BEST COLUMN
Three (3) copies EACH of (3) selections from ongoing column.

24. BEST ISSUE
Three (3) copies of the issue submitted by the publisher or editor. Same criteria as Category 13.

 

NUMISMATIC NEWSPAPERS

25. BEST SPOT NEWS STORY
… or continuing coverage of a developing story in numismatics.

BEST ARTICLE OR SERIES OF ARTICLES
Three (3) copies of articles dealing with:
26. Coins
27. Tokens & Medals
28. Paper Money

29. BEST COLUMN
Three (3) copies EACH of (3) selections from ongoing column.

30. BEST ISSUE
Three (3) copies of the issue submitted by the publisher or editor. Same criteria as Category 13.

 

NON-NUMISMATIC NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES

31. THE MAURICE M. GOULD MEMORIAL AWARD
Entries may be submitted by publisher, editor or columnist of any coin column appearing regularly in any non-numismatic newspaper or magazine of any size circulation.

32. BEST ARTICLE
Three (3) copies of article dealing with any subject related to numismatics.

 

INTERNET WEB SITES

BEST ARTICLE OR SERIES OF ARTICLES
Three (3) copies of articles dealing with:
33. Coins
34. Tokens & Medals
35. Paper Money

36. BEST COLUMN
Three (3) print-outs EACH of three (3) selections from ongoing online column.

37. BEST ONLINE NEWS WEB SITE
This category is for Web sites that disseminate general news and other information about the coin hobby. Three (3) copies of the Web site home page and all posted stories linked to it at the time the copies are made, submitted by the publisher or editor. Criteria include overall numismatic appeal, features, departments, graphics, journalistic and editorial excellence as applicable.

38. BEST DEALER WEB SITE
This category is for Web sites that are used to buy or sell coins, offer supplies or sell books or other forms of information related to numismatics. Three (3) copies of the Web site home page and all posted items linked to it at the time the copies are made, submitted by the publisher or editor.

39. BEST NON-TRADE WEB SITE
This category is for Web sites maintained by coin clubs and other non-commercial organizations and individuals devoted to the coin hobby. Three (3) copies of the Web site home page and all posted items linked to it at the time the copies are made, submitted by the publisher or editor.

40. BEST BLOG
This award recognizes the best interactive blog that communicates information and personal commentaries about the numismatic hobby. Please submit hard copies of three (3) complete blog entries.

41. BEST NON-NUMISMATIC PRESS WEB SITE
This award will be presented for the best numismatic Web site produced by a non-numismatic news organization. Editorial content from members of the hobby press is acceptable. Three (3) copies of the Web site home page and all posted stories linked to it at the time the copies are made, submitted by the publisher or editor.

42. SOFTWARE
Best presentation of a new numismatic work, or new presentation of a previously published numismatic work, in CD ROM, DVD, floppy disk or any other electronic format. Only one copy of the work need be submitted. Entry must be accompanied by a written statement citing date(s) of first use, plus information required by NLG rules.

AUCTION CATALOGS
Three (3) copies of each catalog entered. Criteria include cover design, overall eye appeal, format, graphics and layout, in-depth research and quality of description. Entries may be submitted by auction firm, auctioneer or cataloger. ONLY ONE CATALOG FROM EACH AUCTION FIRM will be considered in each category. Multiple entries in either category will be disqualified.
43. Coin and currency auction catalogs
44. Catalogs for auctions of books and exonumia


COMMERCIAL PUBLICATIONS

45. LEE MARTIN FOUNDER’S AWARD
For Best Investment Newsletter: Criteria include overall reader appeal, quality of research and writing, and graphics as applicable. Submit three (3) copies EACH of three (3) issues – total, nine (9) items.

46. BEST DEALER-PUBLISHED MAGAZINE OR NEWSPAPER
Criteria include overall reader appeal, quality of research and writing, and graphics excellence. Submit three (3) copies EACH of at least three (3) different issues – total, nine (9) items.

BEST ALL-AROUND PORTFOLIO
47. Collection of writings and/or photographs and related items demonstrating numismatic writing ability and versatility. Organization and presentation will count as heavily as volume. Only one (1) copy of portfolio need be submitted; other copies of items included in portfolio may also be submitted in other relevant categories at entrant’s option.

BEST WRITER IN NLG NEWSLETTER
48. NLG Newsletter editor alone selects winner. Criteria include writing skill and style, numismatic or organization support, content to inform the member readers. No entries accepted; editor alone decides.


AUDIO-VISUAL

49. RADIO (broadcast or online)
Best news story, feature report or continuing series involving numismatics. Entries must include standard-size CD, URL link or audiocassette of story or feature report or three (3) selections from continuing series, accompanied by written statement citing date(s) of broadcast, call letters and location of radio station, as well as information required in overall NLG rules. Interview segments no longer qualify for this category.

50. AUDIO
Best audio program involving numismatics, but non-broadcast. Includes audio tracks from numismatic slide shows, educational tapes, audio newsletters and other presentations. Entries must include standard-size CD or audiocassette, written statement citing date(s) of first use, plus information required in overall NLG rules. Interview segments no longer qualify for this category.

51. TELEVISION
Best spot news story, feature report or continuing series involving numismatics. Entries must include standard-size CD or videocassette recording of television broadcast or three (3) selections from continuing series. Entry must be either DVD, CD or half-inch VHS or ¾-inch professional videocassette, and must be accompanied by a written statement citing date(s) of broadcast, call letters and location of station, plus information required in overall NLG rules. Interview segments no longer qualify for this category.

52. VIDEO – NON-COMMERCIAL
Best non-broadcast slide film, movie film or videotape presentation involving numismatics made for educational purposes. Entry must include audio as well as visual materials – either written script or soundtrack of DVD or CD, film, audio or video cassette used in presentation. Entry must be accompanied by a written statement citing date(s) of first use, plus information required by overall NLG rules. Interview segments no longer qualify for this category.

53. VIDEO – COMMERCIAL
Best non-broadcast slide film, movie film or videotape presentation involving numismatics made to promote a company or product. Entry must include audio as well as visual materials – either written script or soundtrack of DVD, CD, film, audio or video cassette used in presentation. Entry must be accompanied by a written statement citing date(s) of first use, plus information required by overall NLG rules. Interview segments no longer qualify for this category.

 

SPECIAL MEMORIAL AWARDS

54. JAMES L. MILLER MEMORIAL AWARD
This award, honoring the co-founder and longtime publisher of COINage magazine, recognizes the best numismatic article to appear in any medium, including both numismatic and non-numismatic magazines, newspapers and Internet Web sites. Submit three (3) copies or print-outs of an article dealing with any subject related to numismatics. Criteria include overall reader appeal, research quality and writing excellence. Articles submitted in this category may also be submitted in other applicable categories.

55. CLEMENT F. BAILEY MEMORIAL AWARD
This award was endowed by Jim Miller of Miller Magazines in memory of an especially beloved member of the numismatic writing community and NLG founder, Clement F. Bailey. This award recognizes excellence among new writers in numismatics whose first published writings in this field appeared in hobby publications during the previous year.
Nominees are supplied solely by numismatic publishers.

56. THE RIBBIT
This award recognizes service to the hobby and to the NLG. The winner is selected by the previous year’s recipient.

57. THE CLEMY
The winner of this award, the Guild’s highest honor, is chosen by the previous year’s recipient(s) from a list of nominees provided by the NLG Board of Directors.

NLG reserves the right to limit the number of plaques for any given entry, with the number to be determined at its discretion. NLG will provide plaques only for the persons named in an entry when it is originally submitted.

WRITERS’ CONTEST PARAMETERS–APPLIES TO ALL ENTRIES AND ENTRANTS

1. This contest is run by the Numismatic Literary Guild, Ltd. (NLG) for the benefit of its members. By entering the competition, each submitter agrees that for himself or herself, his or her firm (if any), and anyone on whose behalf he or she is making the submission that NLG shall not be held liable for damages, including compensatory damages, punitive damages, or any other damages, even if NLG is grossly negligent. If damages are awarded, each entrant agrees that the maximum amount of damages that may be awarded is One Dollar (US) only.

2. To undertake an appeal of determination of the committee, the prospective appellant shall first agree in writing that the decision of the contest officials is final, except that anyone may appeal to the Board of Directors (Board) of the NLG which may uphold or sustain the protest; affirm or reverse the decision in whole or in part, and/or change the determination which shall then become the final determination.

3. To appeal or otherwise challenge, each appellant shall fill out an appeal form prepared by NLG and shall thereafter pay the filing fee determined each year by the Board for such purpose and then shall otherwise proceed as directed by that body.

4. The appellate forum shall hear the complaint (appeal) and decide within 72 hours. There shall be no appeal, but the Board may clarify any ruling made.

5. The Board shall have the right to classify or reclassify any artist or writer to any category.

6. Any person either appointed, designated or otherwise selected to serve shall enjoy immunity for the action of any third party

7. The submission of this form constitutes the agreement and consent to the changes made herein.