Dear communication professional,

In a communication career, there are many rites of passage—events that mark a new stage in our professional lives.

Entering the Gold Quill Awards program is one of those rites. It’s an opportunity to share your best work and measure it against a global standard of excellence. Preparing your entry takes time, effort and courage. And the rewards are great: having your work recognized as among the “best of the best” in the world.

Perhaps you’re entering the Gold Quill Awards for the first time. Or you might have many awards to your name. Wherever your starting point, you’re joining a proud 40-year tradition that draws colleagues from around the world. And you’re not only showcasing your own work. You’re also lifting up our profession by showing the power of communication to make an impact and deliver business results.

How will you measure my entry? In Gold Quill, you’re not competing against other entrants. Instead, we evaluate your entry using a seven-point scale of excellence. We believe in transparency, so we share the criteria with you ahead of time.

Who does the evaluation? Each entry is evaluated by two senior communication professionals. We require each evaluator to complete rigorous training, with a focus on constructive feedback. You’ll receive written comments in addition to your scores.

What resources do you provide? We want you to succeed, so we offer guides, templates, examples of winning entries, and webinar training. This year, we’ll also be offering a “marathon training plan” that guides you through your entry step by step. Watch for more information in IABC’s Hub community and on IABC’s social media channels. Our hashtag is #iabcgq.

The only way to win a Gold Quill Award is to enter! The final deadline is 23 January 2020, and you can save when you enter before the early deadline of 15 October 2019 . You’ll receive your scores and feedback in early April, and we’ll honor winners at the IABC World Conference in Chicago (14–17 June).

Make this your year to accept the challenge and enter Gold Quill. I wish you the best of luck with your entry, and I hope to see you in Chicago next June!

Ed Kamrin, SCMP
2020 IABC Awards Chair