Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing



The annual label writing competition is moving into its second decade. Created by Brian Peterson in 2002 and revived and led by John Russick and Emily Nordstrom since 2008, the competition has recognized outstanding and innovative label writing in museums, zoos, aquariums, universities and libraries. 

Each year, the competition inspires a gathering of writers and editors to discuss technique, style, and process at the Alliance annual meeting’s Marketplace of Ideas. It has also generated an archive for current and aspiring museum professionals to use as they strive to write and edit exhibition label copy.


Submissions are accepted only through an online form. Please download the competition guidelines and review them carefully before beginning the form.

Submission Deadline: December 2014

Guidelines and online application coming soon!

Label Competition Archive 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009