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|Confused about LotW||kf5nrp||on 8/3/12|
I think that what you are asking is the difference between a "QSO" and a "QSL". A "QSO" is a contact, a "QSL" is that contact is confirmed, in LoTW it is confirmed by the other party. Until the contact is confirmed it remains a "QSO".
You cannot applied a QSO toward an award, only a QSL applies.