Silver Quill Awards

Communication Awards Program

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2019 Silver Quill Call for Entries Now Open!

Submissions accepted through Wednesday, April 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m., EDT

The IABC Heritage Region Silver Quill awards have been a hallmark of communication excellence for more than 15 years. This prestigious award is a distinction of excellence within the communication profession.

Our Goal
Whether your success has been in communication management, research, education and training, or tactical skills, we've got you covered. Take a look at the 28 categories and find those that fit your project strengths.

4 Divisions / 28 Categories
IABC Heritage Region uses the Silver Quill program to advance the communication profession by acknowledging the best in communication with in our region, and by providing valuable feedback that can help you improve your next project.

You don’t ‘win’ a Silver Quill. You EARN it. 
Each entry is reviewed by two professional communicators who follow the IABC seven-point global scale of excellence. Entries that fall within a certain threshold will win either an Award of Excellence or an Award of Merit. 

Each winning entry receives one beautifully engraved acrylic trophy. Award recipients are acknowledged on our website and at the IABC Heritage Region Conference.

Easy Online Entry
Entering online is easy and convenient. Don't delay. Our program deadline is earlier this year so that we can acknowledge award recipients at the 2019 Heritage Region Conference in Detroit, September 22-24, 2019.


Quick Facts

  • Choose from 4 divisions and 28 categories.
  • Trained evaluators will review your entry and provide you with solid feedback.
  • You may enter 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
    • Award of Excellence: 5.5 and above


Alexandra Hichel, Silver Quill Program Chair:

Anna Cangialosi, Detroit Renaissance Awards:

Kim Monder, Evaluator Communication:

Meet the 2019 Silver Quill Committee


The IABC Heritage Region Silver Quill program is completely driven by volunteer support. Volunteers are IABC members who are contributing their time and skills to advance the communication profession through this program.  Volunteering at the region level is also another way to get the most out of your IABC membership. 

Alex Hichel, University of Detroit Mercy, Silver Quill Chair
Jennifer Fry, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Kim Monder, Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Ohio
Anna Cangialosi, Barton Malow
Cindy Orlandi, Volunteer Marketing Specialist

Early Bird Deadline
Through April 8, 2019

Entry Deadline
April 9 - May 13, 2019 

Late Entry Period
May 14-15, 2019

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