The Gold Quill Awards

Gold Quill Awards, rewarding excellence recognizing the best.

The Gold Quill Awards are the mark of global distinction and represent the highest level of professional acknowledgment within business communication today.

Distinguish yourself and the work of your team.

Join an international competition that brings out best examples of thought leadership, strategic management, creativity, resourcefulness and successful solutions the world over.

The Gold Quill Awards are open to members and non-members of IABC.

Join strategists, managers, practitioners; corporate, government, and not-for-profit communicators; agency executives; photographers; graphic artists; creative conceptualists; tacticians and students to be part of the international best practices this annual competition represents.

For this year’s competition, you must submit work that was produced and measured.


  • A mounted, personalized Gold Quill Award.

  • Individual recognition at IABC’s World Conference, to be held 7–10 June in San Francisco, California.

  • One complimentary ticket to the dinner and awards ceremony (value US$175)

  • Individual recognition in the July/August issue of IABC’s magazine, Communication World.

  • Mention of your name and company on IABC’s web site.

  • Consideration for publication in IABC’s resource materials for winning entries.

  • Use of official 2009 Gold Quill Award winner logo.

  • Automatic evaluation for the Jake Wittmer Research Award and Business Issue Award.


    There are 27 categories grouped in three divisions:

  • Communication Management

  • Communication Skills

  • Communication Creative

    In addition, there are 5 categories for students:

  • Student Division

    Entries are composed of two parts: the work plan and the work sample.

    Entries are judged on technical excellence, creativity and innovation, effectiveness in identifying and responding to an organization’s or community’s needs, the delivery of measurable outcomes, and the overall success of the project.

    Deadline: 21st January

    For more information and application, visit: The Gold Quill Awards Website

  • Scholarship 2018/19

    Undergraduate Scholarships,
    Masters Scholarships,
    PhD Scholarships,
    International Scholarships.