Silver Quill

Awards Program for Communication Excellence

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It's Time to Start Thinking about Your Entries!

The IABC Heritage Region Silver Quill awards program recognizes excellence in communication in multiple and varied disciplines. Silver Quill awards are earned by outstanding professionals in our region who have proven that their communication programs effectively furthered the goals of their organizations, clients or causes—boosting revenues, reducing cost and motivating audiences to a desired action.

We anticipate the 2018 program will open in April once we have set up and tested our new online entry platform.

For your convenience, please sign up to notified when our program opens by filling out this Google form:

Our program offers 4 divisions with 28 categories covering a wide range of possibilities from strategic management to skills.  If you would like familiarize yourself with our program, please download the 2017 Call for Entries interactive PDF to learn more.

Eligible projects for the 2018 program must be implemented, published or broadcast between January 1, 2017, and the date of entry. Alternately, if a program began in 2016 and measurement/evaluation extended into 2017 or 2018—and the project was not part of a winning entry in the 2017 Silver Quill Awards—you may  enter it in the 2018 program.

The program is open to members and non-members of IABC. You do not need to enter your local chapter's awards program first, but, depending on the timing, it is often helpful if you do as you will learn tips to improve your entry.

Join Our Silver Quill Committee

Would you like to volunteer with IABC at the region Level?  Our Silver Quill Committee will provide you with opportunities to connect with communicators across the region.  Whether you are a strategist, marketer, social media savant, designer, proofreader, or exceptional organizer, we have plenty of ways for you to be involved.  To learn more, email Alexandra Hichel, Silver Quill chair, at

Would You Like to Learn from the Best Communicators?

Become a volunteer evaluator for awards program entries. This opportunity is open to IABC members only. IABC Heritage Region is working with awards chairs from other U.S. Pacific Plains Region, U.S. Southern Region and Canada East/West regions to create a pool of evaluators to reciprocally judge regional entries. To learn more about this initiative, click here.

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Silver Quill Awards
If you have questions, contact Alexandra Hichel, Heritage Region Silver Quill chair, at

Need to Reorder a Trophy?

Would you still like to order a copy of your Silver Quill trophy? Reorders are available for awards earned from 2016 and 2017 for $85. Please email us with your request:

Award Entry Resources

The IABC Heritage Region Silver Quill program follows the pattern of the International Gold Quill program. For guidance, you can refer to these Gold Quill templates and reference sheets.

Work Plan Template (Divs 1-3)

Entry Tips (Divisions 1-3)

Preview of Online Entry Form (Div. 4)

Entry Tips (Division 4)

Authorization letter

Score Sheet (Division 1)

Score Sheet (Division 2)

Score Sheet (Division 3)

Score Sheet (Division 4)

Other Awards

Gold Quill Awards
The Gold Quill Awards Program is IABC’s premier program recognizing and fostering excellence in the field of business communication. Learn more...

Fellow Designation
The highest honor IABC confers on a member, the Fellow designation recognizes outstanding contributions to the association and the communication profession. Learn more...

Rae Hamlin Award
This award is bestowed annually upon an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) in recognition of exemplary volunteer service.

 Chairman's Award
The IABC chairman annually recognizes one or more members for behind-the-scenes work on the international level.

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