The awards competition chair is responsible for producing the Call for Entries, adding and eliminating categories and tweaking rules each year based on input from members; publicizing the contest within AFJ and outside; writing and distributing press releases listing the finalists and winners; and planning and emceeing the awards ceremony at the annual conference.

All hands-on contest duties—collecting and processing entries, securing judges, communicating with judges, tallying results, paying judges, etc.—are carried out exclusively and confidentially by AFJ’s executive director and the AFJ awards manager with financial transactions executed by AFJ’s treasurer.