Technical Writing Contest

2017 Technical Writing Contest sponsored by Interprint and Fres-co System USA, Inc. to encourage scholarly inquiry into technical subjects related to the gravure printing process.


Papers can be submitted later this year for the 2018 contest. Click here to download the application for 2017. Do not use.  Please wait for the 2018 application to be posted

For Technical Achievement, encouraging scholarly inquiry into technical subjects related to the gravure printing process.

Entry Deadline: TBD

Eligibility for Submitting:

All full-time college or university students in either an undergraduate or graduate degree program approved by the GEF may enter the competition. Papers may be submitted by graduating students as long as the work is completed prior to graduation.

Competition Guidelines:

  • Contestants submit technical research papers that address any aspect of gravure technology. Only papers that are relevant to the gravure  printing-process will be reviewed.
  • The selected topic must be addressed comprehensively and in detail.
  • Use of graphs and illustrations is required.

Technical Paper Organization:

The formal write-up for each Technical Writing submission should be organized as follows:

  • Executive Summary: A brief summary of the problem, solution, and recommendations. The summary should be less than 300 words.
  • Introduction: A description of the problem at hand and the possible courses of action that could be taken. The introduction should not include any technical or numerical data (or a minimum of such data).
  • Methodology: A description of the problem data and the modeling techniques that will be used to solve the problem. This section is where the bulk of the technical and numerical data belongs.
  • Results: The results should be presented in a clear, easy-to-understand format.
  • Concluding Remarks: This is where the case is "wrapped-up." State that you have adequately addressed the problem at hand, discuss implementation of the solution, and state whatever concerns you may have about the recommended course of action.
  • References: Material citations are to be placed here. Whichever citation style is chosen should be used consistently throughout the work.
  • Appendix: Extra material such as pictures, graphs, etc., should be placed in this section.

Paper length should be approximately 10 pages or less excluding graphics and appendix. Microsoft Word document, 11 pt. font, double-spaced, and 1-inch margins.

Submission Format:

The technical paper and completed application form should be submitted via email to: 
Rod Sosa, GEF Trustee
Plant Manager Fres-co System USA, Inc. 
Papers and completed application must be received by Rod Sosa by April 28, 2017.

Judging Criteria:

A panel of gravure industry representatives with extensive technical knowledge and experience is convened to determine the following:

  • The relevancy of the topic to gravure
  • The depth and comprehensiveness of the research
  • The organization of material
  • The clarity of presentation

Read Technical Writing: A Judge's Perspective, to learn what the judges are looking for when judging entries.


What is the award? Three winners will be selected. In addition to a cash prize, all winners will receive the GEF Award of Technical Achievement, which includes the  following:

  • Acknowledgement of the winning paper in GravurExchange
  • Posting of the winning papers on the GAAmericas Web site,
  • Added Bonus: One of the first place winners will also receive an all  expense paid trip to a GAAmericas Conference, as determined by the panel of judges.

Cash prizes will be distributed as follows:

Graduate Student Winner - $1,500
1st Place Winner - $1,000
Undergraduate 2nd Place Winner - $500

Congratulations to the 2017 Contest Winners

Sydney Marie Zack, Western Michigan University - First Place Winner

Rachel Ainley, Cal Poly - Second Place Winner



Jacqui Luis, Cal Poly - Third Place Winner