Bronze Quill Awards

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The IABC Bronze Quill Awards recognize outstanding employee communications, public relations, media relations, community relations, government affairs and marketing communication efforts. The Tulsa Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators’ Bronze Quill Awards is open to all communicators – members and non-members alike – in the corporate, nonprofit, advertising, marketing and government sectors.

The next IABC Tulsa Bronze Quill Awards will be held in March 2015. Stay tuned for more information about how to submit entries. For more information about why the awards are moving from October to March, read the FAQ below.

Entries will be judged based upon stated criteria and the Work Plan provided to the judges. A select panel of communications professionals from IABC chapters in other states will judge all entries.

In conjunction with the Bronze Quill Awards, IABC Tulsa is also seeking nominations for two important individual awards:

  • Communicator of the Year: Honors a member of the community for his or her contributions to the community through communications. This person is not a communicator by profession — but by passion. Previous recipients include former TU coach Bill Self; former Tulsa mayor Susan Savage; former Williams CEO Keith Bailey; Tulsa Community College President Tom McKeon; Pierce Norton, ONEOK; and Nancy Day, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ).
  • Professional of the Year: Recognizes the outstanding achievements of an IABC member in his or her career, profession and community. Past recipients include Russ Florence, Kerry Malone, Kim MacLeod, Susie Wellendorf, Ginger Homan, ABC, Tom Droege and others.
  • Leon Bolen Chapter Service Award: Formerly the President’s Award, the award is selected by the chapter president and given to the IABC Tulsa member who has contributed/volunteered the most to the chapter over the past year.

To nominate an individual for one of these awards, contact Megan Lewis at megan.lewis@oneok.com or 918-561-5325.

We will also present a Best of Show Award to recognize the entry judged to be the most effective and creative in achieving its goals.

Bronze Quill Awards Date Change FAQ

Why move the awards?

  • IABC International recently announced an awards program alignment initiative meant to standardize IABC bronze, silver and gold quill programs across all chapters, regions and at the international level. As a first step in the alignment initiative, IABC International is changing the timing of its Gold Quill Awards, which will now accept entries between September and December each year. IABC/Tulsa will postpone our Bronze Quill Awards, usually held in October, to March 2015 in order to better align with changes being made at the international level.

What are the benefits of postponing Tulsa’s Bronze Quill Awards?

  • The majority of local IABC chapters will now hold their awards programs within the January to April timeframe, allowing feedback from chapter awards to be used for regional Silver Quill awards and international Gold Quill awards. The sequence of each level of awards will make it more conducive for members to enter all three programs if they desire.

By moving the IABC/Tulsa awards to the new timeframe, we also have an opportunity to leverage programs from IABC International, including utilizing accredited judges located across the country to critique and score our entries. This could mean eliminating much of the reciprocal judging coordination, ensure consistent judging for all entries, and create a strong marketing point for our chapter’s awards.

What about the work I was hoping to enter in the 2014 Bronze Quill program?

  • The eligibility period for work submitted for the 2015 IABC/Tulsa Bronze Quill awards program will be expanded to accommodate work that would have been submitted for the 2014 awards program. We’ll return to a more standardized time period for the 2016 awards. IABC/Tulsa Bronze Quill entrants do exceptional work and we don’t want anyone to miss out on the recognition they deserve.

What about the money raised by the Bronze Quill program?

  • The annual Bronze Quill award program is one of IABC/Tulsa’s most important annual fundraisers. We use funds from the event to help offset our annual expenses including monthly professional development luncheons and communications seminars. However, we work hard to be good stewards of our financial resources. Our chapter financials are strong and we are confident pushing back this year’s event will not have a long-term financial impact.

What is the new timing for each level of awards?

  • IABC International is recommending the following date ranges for each awards program:

o   Chapter Bronze Quill programs – January – April

o   Regional Silver Quill programs – May – August

o   International Gold Quill awards – September – December

Work submittals, judging and recognition programs are intended to be held within each of the respective time periods listed.

Is alignment required by IABC International?

  • No, changing the timing of our Bronze Quill awards is not required by IABC International but is recommended to make the process less burdensome on each individual chapter.

After careful consideration and discussion, the IABC/Tulsa board unanimously voted to align with the regional and international awards programs. The board believes this will benefit local members and allow entrants a better avenue to enter all three levels of awards.