Now is the time to enter your best work in one or more of 28 categories. 

Awards are available in the following categories:

  • Management
  • Research
  • Education & Training
  • Skills

Winners will be recognized with an engraved award, an announcement on the IABC Heritage Region website and a presentation at the IABC Heritage Region Conference, to be held in Detroit, Michigan, Sept. 22-24.  

Silver Quill Award recipients who attend will receive their awards during a Sept. 23 luncheon presentation in front of their peers.

Deadline & Fees
Early Bird Pricing through April 8, 2019
Members: $85 | Non‐members: $110
Full‐time student members: $25

Regular Deadlines & Fees

April 9 - May 13, 2019
Members: $100 | Non‐members: $125
Full‐time student members: $35

Need Inspiration?
Complete information, including past winners and selected work plans, is available at Choose Previous Recipients for examples of award-winning work.

How to Enter
1. Visit our website:
2. Read "How to Enter".
3. Choose your division and category.
4. Write your work plan and save it as a PDF (or fill in the online questionnaire for Skills Division entries).
5. Gather your work sample(s). You may submit up to five.
6. Upload your entry and submit payment at

Alexandra Hichel
IABC Heritage Region Silver Quill Chair

Photo of Rebecca GallagherOffline

Sitting on my couch next to my sweater

By Rebecca Gallagher

Stacey Smulowitz, Ph.D, ABC is a recipient of one of the Heritage Region's scholarships to attend the IABC Virtual World Conference. She first joined IABC as a student where she served as President of the University chapter. After graduation, she joined the Lehigh Valley chapter and served as the PR Director, Director of Professional Development, President (2 terms) and Delegate. She also served as an IABC Portfolio mentor under the ABC program. Stacy shares her experience with the 2020 World Conference for our blog.

Photo of Rebecca GallagherOffline

We're giving away two scholarships to the annual IABC World Conference. Submit your application by Monday, May 25.

Photo of Amy MillerOffline

Jeremiah McWilliams, a member of the IABC Greater Cincinnati Chapter board, was among many chapter, region and international leaders who attended IABC's International Leadership Institute in Austin earlier this year. He recently shared this post with us, highlighting the value gained and lessons learned at this in-person event … taking place right before times became extra challenging worldwide . He also shared thoughts about how communicators can continue to make a meaningful difference..

Photo of Amy MillerOffline

Scholarship and Stipend Opportunities

By Amy Miller

To help develop our volunteer leadership and increase member value, the IABC Heritage Region offers conference scholarships and Leadership Institute stipends to chapter leaders and members-at-large. Here are some details.

Photo of Amy MillerOffline

Local chapters in the IABC Heritage Region offer innovative and practical professional development sessions like the inaugural “Challenge Accepted!” program held earlier this year by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter, now 40 years strong, using a Ted Talk style format. If your chapter or local interest group is looking for some new inspiration, take a look. If you’d like to share your program success, please don’t hesitate to email us at

Photo of Amy MillerOffline

If you are a chapter leader within the IABC Heritage Region or a member-at-large interested in regional leadership opportunities, now is the time to register for the 2019 Heritage Region Leadership Institute (RLI), timed with the 2019 Heritage Region Conference. We encourage each Heritage Region chapter to send at least one chapter leader to RLI this year.

Photo of Rebecca GallagherOffline

Five Themes from the 2019 IABC World Conference

By Rebecca Gallagher

The IABC Heritage Region awarded two members with scholarships to the World Conference in Vancouver earlier this year. Nancy Sarpolis from the Detroit Chapter shares the key themes from the conference in her blog.

Photo of Rebecca GallagherOffline

The IABC Heritage Region is currently accepting nominations for scholarships to attend the annual conference in Detroit this September. Nominations must be submitted by August 23, 2019.

Photo of Amy MillerOffline

The IABC Heritage Region offers a variety of webinars on topics related to corporate communication, marketing communication, public relations and more.

Photo of Amy MillerOffline

Professional certification through the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise—and provide evidence of your outstanding abilities. Here's information on benefits, preparation and steps to becoming certified.

Search this area

About this channel

  • 30 articles

Earning an IABC Silver Quill award is a mark of distinction in the communication profession. Complete information is available on our website at quill.

Viewed 25,544 times