2020 has been an eventful year with several twists and turns for everyone.  As communications professionals, you have employed creative and unconventional ways to engage with your target audience and now it is time to get recognized for your work.

Enter your outstanding work that mark moments of excellence and purpose as we rise above adversity, celebrate milestones, advocate for a worthy cause, launch new programs in the 2021 IABC Gold Quill Awards.

The spirit behind the Gold Quill Awards is that of continuous learning and professional growth that salutes you, as a communicator, your team, your organization, and your exceptional communication works that by their strategic relevance, timeliness and innovation, further raise the bar and grow the body of work of our profession.

  • NEW: We have a new category on Covid-19-related programs under Division 1: Communication Management – Category 14B: Covid-19 Response & Recovery Management and Communication. You can also submit videos, writings, publications and other communication tools done for Covid-19-related programs in appropriate categories under the regular Division 4: Communication Skills.
  • SPECIAL DISCOUNT EXTENDED & SAME ENTRY FEES WERE RETAINED: The special discounted early bird rate for all entrants – members, non-members and students  is open till January 8, 2021. The same entry fees were retained.
  • VIRTUAL ROADSHOW: There will be reminders of the submission deadline at regional and chapter levels to colleagues, partners and non-members.
  • ONLINE GUIDES: The criteria, standards, and step-by-step entry preparation guides for each division, examples of winning entries, templates, and webinar training posted on the Gold Quill Awards site will help you write and submit your entries and primes you to maximize the advantages of joining.

IABC’s Seven-Point Global Scale of Excellence is the standard by which each entry is scored, creating a level-playing field. Diversity and context are celebrated and understood.  Entries do not compete with each other. Rather, entries are scored vis-a-vis the rubrics and standards. Most important, you will also learn through the scores and comments of internationally distinguished communicators who comprise the global Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) evaluators.

Feedback will be given for each of your entries, detailing the actual scores and verbatim constructive comments from the BRP evaluators. This unique feature and strength of the Gold Quill Awards puts value on continuous improvement, professional growth, and learning through valuable feedback.

We embrace diversity as seen in the circle of winners in all these years – from various-sized institutions in different countries: boutique agencies, startups, consultancies, non-profits, educational institutions, governments, students, and companies.  Winners will be announced in April 2021.

For over 40 years, the Gold Quill Awards has recognized, encouraged, developed, set the standard, raised the bar, and built legacies.

Key dates to remember:

Submission opens: 8 October 2020

Early bird discounted rate: 8 January 2021.

Submission deadline: 20 January 2021

Final submission deadline: 1 February 2021