2023 – 2024 IABC Gold Quill Awards

IABC Gold Quill Awards

IABC Gold Quill Awards 2024 is NOW OPEN for entries! For more than 40 years, IABC has recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. Now is your chance to share your work on a global scale. 

About Gold Quill Awards   

For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. Gold Quill is the only awards program that honours the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale.

All IABC Gold Quill Award entries are evaluated by international professional communicators with over 10 years of experience. The majority of evaluators have earned Gold Quill Awards. Many are either IABC accredited or certified by the Global Communication Certification Council. All are trained to evaluate entries against established criteria aligned to IABC’s Global Standard of the communication profession.


All eligible work must be implemented, published or broadcast between January 2021 and the day of submission. If a long-term strategy was developed before January 2021 and hasn’t previously been entered, it is eligible for entry. You may revise and re-enter your project if you entered your work in 2022 or 2023 and didn’t win an award. Entries that have won in previous years may not be resubmitted.

Quick facts

  • Choose from four divisions and 26 categories.
  • Internationally distinguished communicators who comprise the global Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) evaluators 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, and there are two types of Gold Quill Awards:
  1. Awards of Merit, for entries that score 5.25 to 5.74 out of 7
  2. Awards of Excellence, for entries that score above 5.75

2024 Gold Quill Dates

  • 3 November 2023 – Entries Open
  • 10 December 2023 – Early Bird Deadline
  • 21 January 2024 – Regular Deadline
  • 4 February 2024 – Late Deadline

Did you know?

If you win an IABC Gold Quill, you automatically win an IABC Silver Quill, too! How great is that! It’s a win-win and a double recognition with just a single winning entry.

   IABC Gold & Silver Quill 2024

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