Technical Writing Contest

PGSF (Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation) is now administering the application and awarding of the 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.



To access the application and additional information, visit the PGSF website,  or click the link:

Questions can be directed to: John Berthelsen, VP-Development, PGSF, 608-575-3904 or [email protected]

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.

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,

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 2019 Contest Winner

Chandramohan Seetharamiah Srinivasaraju
Rochester Institute of Technology