DEADLINES (all deadlines are 11:59 p.m. CST)

The 2021 Gold Quill Awards program opens on 8 October 2020.  The schedule of deadlines for 2021 is:

Early-bird deadline: 8 January 2021
Deadline: 20 January 2021
Final deadline: 1 February 2020

Winners will be announced in April 2021.


All eligible work must be implemented, published or broadcast between January 2018 and the day of submission. If a long-term strategy was developed prior to January 2018 and was not previously entered, it is eligible for entry. If you entered your work in 2019 or 2020 and it did not win an award, you may revise and re-enter your project. Entries that have won in previous years may not be resubmitted.


Entrant Early-bird deadline Deadline  Final deadline 
IABC members US$299 US$350  US$525
Non-members US$399 US$450  US$625
Student members US$25 US$40  US$50
Non-member students US$60 US$75  US$90

Entry fees in U.S. dollars

Payment is the final step in the submission process. Entries must be paid in full before the deadline to be eligible for evaluation via:

  • Credit card in the online system. Checks are not accepted.
  • Wire transfer, to be requested from IABC, if your organization does not allow credit card payments.

Payment must be received before 1 February 2021. Once the wire transfer has been received and confirmed, the entrant will receive a payment code to complete the entry.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing to and received before 1 February 2021. No refunds will be provided after the final deadline of 1 February 2021.

To avail of the discounted rates for professional and student members, you need to provide your membership number. To join IABC and avail of its benefits, click here or email