For over 40 years, the IABC Gold Quill Awards has set the standard, raised the bar, and built legacies.

"The spirit behind the Gold Quill Awards is both the recognition and the continuous learning and professional growth that salutes you as a communicator, your team, your organization."
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Ritzi Villarico-Ronquillo, APR, IABC Fellow
Congratulations to all of our 2021 APAC Gold Quill winners:
  • Woolworths – NSW, Australia
  • Transport for NSW – NSW, Australia (3 awards)
  • GFG Alliance – NSW, Australia
  • Department of Health and Human Services – VIC, Australia
  • Healthscope – VIC, Australia (2 awards)
  • Department of Education, Skills & Employment – Australian Capital Territory, AU
  • Sunshine Coast Airport – Queensland, AU
  • Metro Trains Melbourne – VIC, Australia
  • Ayala – Philippines
  • Land Information – New Zealand
  • Union Bank – Philippines
  • Pesel & Carr – VIC, Australia
  • NSW Public Service Commission – NSW, Australia
  • PwC – NSW, Australia (3 awards)
  • PwC Digital Pulse – VIC, Australia (2 awards)
  • Tata – India
  • Cropley Comms – VIC, Australia (3 awards)
  • North Canterbury Transport – New Zealand
  • Ambulance Victoria – VIC, Australia
  • Megaworld – Philippines
  • Mediawise – Philippines
  • Artis Advisory – VIC, Australia
  • Jesuit Communications Australia – VIC, Australia

Why submit an entry?

Intl' Status & Recognition

Gain international peer recognition for excellence in communications. Show stakeholders, clients & employees that your work not only meets global standards, it is award winning.

Professional Development

Receive actual scores and verbatim constructive comments from the global Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) evaluators. This unique feature puts value on continuous improvement, professional growth, and learning through valuable feedback.

Reward Your Team

Amplify your team’s hard work and boost their confidence, motivation and morale with public recognition. Inspire them to produce show-stopping work & share the glory when it’s complete.

Achieve Instead Of Compete

Entries do not compete with each other! They are instead scored vis-a-vis the rubrics and standards (IABC’s 7-Point Global Scale of Excellence) by our Blue Ribbon Panel of evaluators

Stand Out From The Crowd

Build your personal reputation as a thought leader whilst opening up speaking & publishing opportunities. Enjoy the publicity and and gain exposure with potential employers & clients.

Tactical Work & Skills Count Too

Division 4 recognises marketing and communication elements that showcase technical skills such as editing, writing, design and multimedia production.

Key Dates & Fees

The 2021 IABC Gold Quill Awards program opened on 8 October 2020.

  • Early-bird deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Deadline: 27 January 2021
  • Final deadline: 8 February 2021
  • Winners will be announced in April 2021.
Entrant Deadline Final Deadline
IABC Members US $350 US $525
Non-members US $450 US $625
Student members US $40 US $50
Non-member students US $75 US $90
Click here to learn about payment methods.

What Winners Receive

Each winning entry receives a Gold Quill Award trophy.

  • Awards are presented to winners at the annual IABC Excellence Gala held during the IABC World Conference. – an evening of celebration and recognition (Note: The 2021 Excellence Gala will be held virtually)
  • Select entrants with the highest-scoring entries are invited to present their program at the IABC World Conference.
  • Case studies of select winning entries are prepared and shared through IABC channels.
  • IABC announces winners with a news release, on iabc.com, and through social media.
  • IABC chapters and regions recognize Gold Quill Award winners in their areas.
See Past Winners of the IABC Gold Quill Awards.

Interested in an IABC membership?

How to submit an entry in 5 easy steps

Step 1: Determine the communication programs and tools you will enter and choose the appropriate division and category. Make sure it abides by the IABC Code of Ethics.

  • Here is a customizable justification letter in case you need approval and funding for your entry.
  • Please note that all eligible work must have been implemented, published or broadcast between January 2018 and the day of submission.

Step 2: Gather the necessary submission information (Here’s what you’ll need).

Step 3: Prepare the work plan. (Use the IABC Resources!)

  • Download the work plan for entries in
    • Division 1: Communication Management,
    • Division 2: Communication Research, and
    • Division 3: Communication Training and Education
  •  Download the work plan for entries in
    • Division 4: Communication Skills

Step 4: Prepare your work sample. (Use the IABC Resources!)

Step 5: Complete the entry form, upload your documents and pay the applicable entry fee by 8th February 2021.

Email us at recognition@iabc.com for any questions.

FAQ, Rules & Help

Please click here to read the FAQ and Rules.

For further assistance, please contact our Director of Awards & Recognition, Felicia Shiu.

Final deadline for submission:8th February 2021. Entry fees in U.S. dollars. Payment accepted online via credit card during entry submission, or wire transfer by request. For more information click here.

2020 IABC Gold Quill Award Winners

In 2020, the IABC Gold Quill Excellence Gala was moved to a virtual event to enable all winners and participants to attend despite travel restrictions.  

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