Silver Quill

Awards Program for Communication Excellence

sq logo web header.jpg2017 Call for Entries – Opening Soon

Now is the time to start thinking about gathering your creative and strategic communications accomplishments during the past year. The IABC Heritage Region Silver Quill entries will be opening in early May.
We'll let you know as soon as we have a firm launch date. We are switching to a new online platform and the transition is taking a bit of time.

If you would like to be notified when our 2017 Call for Entries opens, please complete this short form to be added to our mailing list:

If you need a little inspiration on what to enter, please review the 2016 IABC Heritage Region Silver Quill Call for Entries.pdf. Please note that this document is updated annually so there may be some changes to categories.

Eligible projects for the 2017 program must be implemented, published or broadcast between January 1, 2016, and the date of entry.

Award recipients will be honored at a reception during the IABC Heritage Region Conference, November 5-7, in Pittsburgh, Penn.


Alexandra Hichel
Heritage Region Silver Quill Chair

Join Our Silver Quill Committee for 2017

Would you like to volunteer with IABC at the Region Level?  Our Silver Quill Committee will provide you with a tremendous opportunities to connect with communicators across the region.  Whether you are a strategist, proofreader, or exceptional organizer, we have plenty of ways to get you involved.  Send an email to 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 regions to create a pool of evaluators to reciprocally judge regional entries. To learn more about this initiative, click here.

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About Silver Quill

The Heritage Region's Silver Quill Program recognizes excellence in business communications in multiple and varied disciplines. Silver Quill Awards are presented to outstanding professionals in our region who have proven that their communication programs effectively furthered the goals of their organizations—boosting revenues, reducing cost and motivating audiences to a desired action. All business communicators in the Heritage Region are eligible to enter. You do not need to be an IABC member to enter.

Why Enter?
  • Summer deadline, comprehensive evaluations and prompt winner's notification—all timed so entrants receive the judging critique in time to prepare entries for the annual Gold Quill program.
  • All entries receive electronic, detailed evaluations based upon consistent quality standards.
  • Winners of the Silver Quill Awards Program will be honored at the Fall Heritage Region Conference each year.


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

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. These resources are for our 2016 awards program which has now closed, but please feel free to refer to them for familiarity with our 2017 program.

Work Plan Template (Divs 1-3)

Entry Tips (Divisions 1-3)

Score Sheet (Divisions 1-3)

Preview of Online Entry Form (Div. 4)

Entry Tips (Division 4)

Score Sheet (Division 4)

Authorization letter

Other Awards

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

Fellow Award
The highest honor IABC confers on a member, the Fellow Award 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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