All eligible work must be implemented, published or broadcast between January 2020 and the day of submission. If a long-term strategy was developed prior to January 2020 and hasn’t previously been entered, it is eligible for entry. If you entered your work in 2021 or 2022 and didn’t win an award, you may revise and re-enter your project. Entries that have won in previous years may not be resubmitted.


  • Choose from four divisions and 26 categories.
  • Professional communicators will review your entry and provide you with solid feedback.
  • You may submit entries in multiple categories within one division or across divisions.
  • Evaluation is based on IABC’s Global Seven-point Scale of Excellence for strategic planning and execution.
  • Scores for Communication Management, Communication Research, and Communication Training and Education entries are based equally on the work plan and the work sample.
  • For entries in Communication Skills, the score is based on the work sample’s creativity, professional execution, and alignment.
  • For student entries, 35 percent of the score is based on the work plan and 65 percent on the work sample.
  • Entry scores for awards:
    • Award of Merit: 5.12 to 5.49 out of 7
    • Award of Excellence: 5.5 and above

You must submit your entry to and pay the registration fee before the deadline noted. Full payment must be received for all entries before or on the closing date to be eligible for evaluation.

Work plans for Divisions 1, 2 & 3 are limited to four pages using a font size no smaller than 10-point and margins no less than 0.5 inch (1.27 cm). A template is available here.

For Division 4, Communication Skills, the work plan will consist of answers to questions that appear on the online entry form. A preview of these questions is available here.

Award submissions must be in English.

Work sponsored by, affiliated with, or supported by IABC or the IABC Foundation is not eligible.

Entries may be disqualified if:

  • The work plan exceeds four pages.
  • Any element of the project violates the IABC Code of Ethics.
  • It is obvious the entrant did not play a role in the project.
  • The entry depends mainly on syndicated, borrowed, reprinted or stock material.
  • If the electronic files contain viruses, if they disable or require disabling of any part of the computer system used during evaluation, or if evaluators cannot view work samples using the instructions provided.

If you are a consultant and your work was done for a client, you must include client permission for your entry, or it may be disqualified.  A sample permission letter is available here.


A student or a group of students may submit entries.

  • At the time the work was created, the student must have been attending school full time or part time, working toward a degree at a college, university or other educational institution.
  • Entrants who were enrolled as a student but have professional communication experience or are employed in the communication profession must submit their entry as a professional member or non-member.
  • Work produced for educational courses, a club or volunteer association, an internship, or commercial and non-commercial activities, including work for an IABC chapter or region, is eligible for submission.
  • If the assignment was not fully implemented, please make note of this to the evaluators. It will not disadvantage your entry, however, you must show how the programme would have been evaluated, had it been implemented in practice.
  • Professors, lecturers or advisers may not enter on behalf of a student.