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Silver Quill Awards

IABC Africa region launches Silver Quill Awards programme

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Africa Region has kicked off the 2019 Regional Silver Quill Awards programme. The programme recognises business communication excellence across the continent, and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious global communication awards.

All entrants into the IABC Africa Silver Quill Awards will be encouraged to enter the 2020 global awards programme, which will be presented at an Excellence Gala as part of the IABC’s World Conference in 2020.

The Quill Awards are unique to the industry because they recognise work that makes a significant contribution to business outcomes. Evaluators will review each entry against IABC’s standard of excellence, encouraging the pursuit of excellence rather than competition. Evaluators specifically look for entries where communicators are able to demonstrate the impact their work had on business goals and are innovative and unique.

It is time for recognition and reward from our peers, says André Oberholzer, IABC Africa Regional Chairperson. He adds, African communicators consistently produce exceptional work, helping to implement corporate strategies, to build stakeholder relations, to drive public policy and to engage and enthuse employees. We drive growth and development across the continent. The IABC recognises communication excellence at a regional and at a global level. I would like to invite all communicators, whether members of IABC or not, to submit your work, have it reviewed against the IABC standards of excellence and learn from the experience. We promise a thorough judging process, with detailed feedback to help you grow as a communicator; and by entering the IABC African Silver Quill Awards you receive valuable input if you wish to thereafter enter the IABC Global Gold Quills Awards. In today’s world of fake news, it has become even more important for great communicators to be recognised, rewarded and celebrated.


12 August 2019 – Deadline
14 September 2019 – Evaluation of the Africa Silver Quill Awards
16 October 2019 – Gala evening hosted at the IABC Africa Regional Conference where the winners of an Africa Silver Quill Award will receive their awards.


Members: R999
Non-members: R1499

Submission process

Either via email to info@iabc.co.za, DropBox or WeTransfer. Based on your location, you may hand deliver it to a specific location as well if need be. This will be advised when you enter.

Where can I get help to prepare my Silver Quill entry?

Our key guides, The Midas Touch, provides a detailed reference to the criteria used to evaluate your entry. There are two versions of The Midas Touch – one for Divisions 1, 2 and 3, (Communication Management, Communication Research and Communication Training and Education) and one for Division 4 (communication skills). There are also other helpful documents including a Word document template for the work plans required for Divisions 1, 2 and 3, and a Word document template for Division 4

Click here for a full list of Divisions and Categories.

About the Africa Silver Quill Awards:

This is the third year that the Africa Region embarks on rolling out the Africa Silver awards programme before the global Gold Quill awards process. This is not only to recognise local communication excellence but also to assist and prepare entrants for the global programme. Once you have SILVER – then go for the GOLD!!!

About the global Gold Quill Awards:

For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognised and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. The Gold Quill Awards honour the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale with a focus on achieving solid business outcomes.