GEF/Flint Group Technical Writing Competition

Papers may now be submitted for the 2016 GEF/Flint Group Technical Writing Competition!

Click here to download the applicationWriting Contest

Flint Group



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

Entry Deadline: April 29, 2016

Eligibility for Submitting:

All full-time college or university students in either an undergraduate or graduate program are eligible to submit technical research papers. All work must be completed prior to graduation.

Competition Guidelines:

  • Contestants submit technical research papers that address any aspect of gravure technology.
  • 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:

Competition submissions should be in both hard-copy and electronic formats, accompanied with a completed entry form.

Judging Criteria:

Only papers that are relevant to the gravure printing process will be reviewed. A panel of experienced persons in the gravure industry will be convened to evaluate the entries. Winning papers will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • 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.


Three winners will be selected.  In addition to a cash prize, all winners will receive the Award for Technical Achievement, which includes the following:

  • Invitation to 2016 Educators Breakfast
  • Publication of the paper on the GAAmericas website
  • Aclnowledgement in GravurExchange

Cash prizes will be distributed as follows:

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

Please note in the past, high-quality, non-winning papers were also selected for publication.

Congratulations to the 2015 Contest Winners

Rachel DeNoble, Cal PolyFirst Place Winner

Rachel is a graduating senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communication, for which she studied Gravure and other forms of printing, and she designed her own concentration called “Graphic Communication in Entrepreneurship”. Rachel is very interested and involved in the entrepreneurial community of San Luis Obispo as she also worked as a graphic designer for the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship throughout college. She also enjoyed participating in competitions such as “Startup Weekend” and several "Hackathons" while in school. After graduation, Rachel is headed up to Cupertino for a Production Design position at Apple. The Flint Technical Writing Contest Scholarship will help Rachel get settled in Silicon Valley and begin her career in the graphic arts industry. 

Christina Barton, Cal Poly - Second Place Winner

Christina Barton is a third-year Graphic Communication major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a concentration in Design Reproduction Technology and a minor in photography. She loves simple, clean design that incorporates photography. In her free time, she loves to explore the California Central Coast, running, hiking, taking trips to the beach, and taking photos along the way. Christina is also involved with New Student and Transitions Programs at Cal Poly, serving as an orientation leader for new students. In her senior year at Cal Poly, she plans to expand her photography portfolio with a new camera and also expand her design portfolio. Christina’s goal is to work in a marketing environment where she can incorporate design and photography in her daily work.

Rachel L. Day, Cal Poly - Third Place Winner

Rachel Day is a third year Graphic Communication major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a concentration in Design and Reproduction Technology and a minor in Packaging. She is currently involved in University Graphic Systems, the Graphic Communication department’s student-operated commercial printing company, as their Prepress Production manager. Rachel is originally from San Diego, California and has always had a passion for art and design. She enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and camping with her friends in her free time. Rachel will be graduating in June of 2016, and is looking forward to a career in web development or in the printing industry.