Silver Quill

Awards Program for Communication Excellence

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Entries Accepted Through June 24, 2018

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.

Our program offers 4 divisions with 28 categories covering a wide range of possibilities from strategic management to skills.  Please download the 2018 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. 

Resources & Fast Facts

Call for Entries:
User Guide to Create, Edit, and Submit Entries:

Enter at:

Early Bird Pricing extended through June 4
Members: $85 | Non‐members: $110
Full‐time student members: $25

Sign up to be notified notified of early bird pricing next year: (note, this is a Google form -- if your company does not allow you to access Google forms, send an email to

June 5 - June 24, 2018
Members: $100 | Non‐members: $125
Full‐time student members: $35

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 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

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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