Knowledge Sharing Competition Requirements


Participation Requirements

  • Hold an active EMC Proven Professional, VCE or Dell certification
    • Must be achieved by March 1, 2019 if not currently certified
  • Submission cannot have been published previously in its entirety


Before You Begin:

  • If your submission is selected for publication it will be available to all audiences; including partners, customers and industry professionals
  • Keep in mind that a quality submission is one completed in your own words. We run all submissions through industry standard citation software. You can check your own submission for free using Grammarly. Are large chunks of text cut and pasted? We’ll notice too and you must re-word before submitting
  • More visually creative? Video submission content is also accepted
  • Submit your Article by January 18, 2019


Articles will be judged based on:

  • Originality
  • Relevance
  • Clarity (of topic matter)


Submission Requirements:

NOTE: Our SME judges use the same platform to review submissions. To ensure a blind review process, your submission must NOT include any details that identify the author.

Length – Written Submissions

    • An article should not exceed a maximum of 45 pages
    • The goal is to be clear and concise, making your article easy to read and understand
    • 45 page limit includes cover, index and bibliography
    • No exceptions to page limit


Length – Video Submissions

    • Generally 6-8 minutes; cannot exceed 8 minutes
    • We do our best to ensure anonymity in the judging process; if you appear on camera, consider utilizing blurring techniques as described here


Title Page/Intro Slide

    • Article title must be limited to 50 characters
    • Author name(s) should not be included; there can be nothing to identify the author and or company name within the submission or filename

NOTE: Use of company names can sometimes be sensitive.  Please check with your company to ensure that you have authorization to use their name in your submission.



    • Write your article in simple English
    • Article can be submitted in Portrait or Landscape layout but should not include both layouts
    • Spell out an acronym the first time you use it; then just use the acronym (for example, “Using the Graphical User Interface (GUI) allows us to……….)
    • Be sure to spell check your article before submitting
    • Headers - should not be used
    • Footers - MUST contain page # and may include cited sources
    • Cover pages will be reformatted to current competition publications specifications - colorful, ornate cover pages or footers do not comply with the design template and will not be used



    • A single graphic should be limited to one page. One graphic should not flow onto 2nd page
    • Graphics should be in high-res format whenever possible
    • Graphics should include proper citation whenever applicable
    • Anchor all images and graphics, using Word function to do so
      • Word graphics – Drawing Tools > Position > More layout options

In dialog box select Position tab > select the Lock anchor box >select and click OK

      • Word images – Picture Tools > Position > More layout options

In dialog box select Position tab > select the Lock anchor box >select and click OK


Combining Video & Written

    • Submissions cannot have separate video files as a reference. Each submission should be complete in 1 file
    • Referenced videos can be embedded into written submissions
    • Using Microsoft Word? Insert > Object From File to embed videos in article


Bibliography / Appendix Page

    • Use of someone else’s words or ideas must be properly cited to avoid plagiarism
    • Sentences or passages from another source must be cited as a footnote or in the appendix
    • For help with proper citation, click here
    • Each article is checked for plagiarism by an industry leading third party software. Instances of plagiarism is cause for disqualification from the competition
    • When adding other’s works into your own, don’t forget to mention why you felt the passage was relevant to your topic
    • The conclusion should always be in your own words
    • Not sure how to submit a bibliography in your video submission? Find out how here.

NOTE: all submissions are run through citation validation software. Articles which contain large sections of cut/pasted text from other sources will not advance in this competition. Whenever possible, use your own words. When you must cut/paste text, be sure to include proper citation credit. This applies to video and written submissions as well.


Remember, it's always a good idea to have a colleague, family member or friend read through your article before submission.

Was it easy for them to understand?

Did it flow easily from one topic to the next?

Was it properly cited?

Were there grammar/spelling issues?