With the Gold Quill Awards headed to Washington, D.C., this summer as part of IABC’s World Conference, local communication pros have an opportunity to not only receive global recognition in their hometown, but to shine in two areas that may have special appeal in the nation’s capital: government relations and nonprofit campaigns.

While D.C.’s many marketing, advertising, PR and HR professionals have work that could fit into any of the 28 different Gold Quill Awards categories, these are two areas the region’s large communication community knows especially well.

The Gold Quill Award in Government Relations recognizes “short- or long-term programs that influence the opinion or actions of government bodies or agencies.” These entries “may seek to create awareness, or influence the attitudes and behaviors of decision-makers toward the organization or industry.”

For the Nonprofit Campaigns award category, the Gold Quill Awards seek, “programs recognizing the particular challenges of the nonprofit sector.” These submissions “may include multiple internal or external audiences,” be something that “promotes nonprofit organizations or causes” and “may be paid projects or pro-bono projects donated to the client by an organization, agency or consultancy; entries will generally have a small budget or none at all.”

D.C.’s substantial college and university population has opportunities to submit work for recognition in four Student Entry categories: Communication Management, Communication Research, Communication Training and Education, and Communication Skills.

The submission deadline for the 2017 Gold Quill Awards consideration is January 31.

Learn more about entering your work and make plans to attend the Excellence Gala at the Washington Hilton on June 13, 2017. The event—part of IABC’s World Conference—includes a reception, theatre-style awards ceremony and dinner.

 

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