And The Winner Is…

This year’s Bronze Quill Awards Ceremony attendees were treated to great food, great entertainment, and a celebration of a great round of winning communication recipes.

On June 17, attendees gathered at the Des Moines Social Club downtown for a live cooking demonstration; entertainment from Masters of Ceremonies Lou Sipolt and Jackie Schmillen from the KCWI 23 “It’s a Great Day on KCWI 23” morning show; and of course, recognition of our 2014 award winners.

Congratulations to our Bronze Quill 2014 Winners

More about Bronze Quill

Winners of coveted Bronze Quill Awards serve as the industry benchmark for excellence in communication management, skills and creativity. The Bronze Quill Awards are open to both IABC/Iowa members and non-members alike. It recognizes small and large communication projects from corporate communication departments, private companies, government and education, PR firms, advertising agencies, human resources and benefit professionals, investor relations and freelancers.

The common thread amongst all entrants is the pursuit of communication excellence that contributes measurable results to their company or to their client’s bottom line.

This year, 17 entrants competed in categories ranging from media relations and marketing communications to audio visual and special events.

Bronze Quill Awards Call for Entries — Enter by March 25

Bronze Quill Awards Call for Entries — Deadline extended to April 2, 2014

Early-Bird Deadline extended to March 10, 2014

IABC/Iowa is calling for entries in its annual awards program honoring the best in strategic communication. The Bronze Quill Awards competition is a hallmark of excellence in business communication. It offers both IABC/Iowa member and nonmember professionals the opportunity to have work evaluated by a panel of “master chef” judges and to receive valuable feedback to improve communication recipes.

This year features new categories and a new division, making the 2014 Bronze Quill the most inclusive yet. But you can’t win if you don’t enter.  Will 2014 be your year to “Taste Success” in the Bronze Quill Awards? Print off the brochure and entry form today.

IABC Bronze Quill 2014 Entry Brochure

IABC Bronze Quill Entry Form 2014

For more information about the IABC/Iowa Bronze Quill Awards, contact or 515-365-6164.




Bronze Appetite!

Taste Success in 2014

Each year, IABC/Iowa celebrates the best communication and marketing practices across the state with the Bronze Quill Awards. We hope 2014 will be the year you taste success! Click here to view past winners.


The Bronze Quill Awards competition is a hallmark of excellence in business communication. It offers both IABC/Iowa member and nonmember professionals an opportunity to have your work evaluated by a panel of “master chef” judges. You also receive valuable feedback to improve your communication recipes.


Even though the Bronze Quill deadline is still a few months away, now’s the time to start planning and gathering information for your entries. As you wrap up 2013, take a look at all of the projects you produced during the year and pick the ones that have the right mix of ingredients.


We will provide more details, including official entry forms, in the coming months.  The final deadline to enter will be March 25, 2014. We can’t wait to see what you’ve cooked up!

Put a Feather in Your Cap

We’re currently looking for Iowa’s elite to showcase their talent in IABCs 2010 Bronze Quill Awards!  Hurry now – the deadline of Feb. 3 is fast approaching.

The Bronze Quill recognition program is a great opportunity for professional growth and acknowledgment from colleagues in the communications field. The program not only recognizes your work, but also ranks it against your peers, increases your credibility in the field and at work, and demonstrates your communication creativity and strategic planning skills.

Todd Murphy, corporate communications supervisor for SHAZAM in Des Moines knows firsthand what it means to be a Bronze Quill award winner. “My team works extremely hard, and it was exciting to receive recognition on their behalf through the Bronze Quill program. There’s no better reward than having your peers tell you you’re doing a great job.”

Every communication project or campaign is a potential Bronze Quill award winner—no matter how small or seemingly common. Even everyday communications can contain a spark of excellence. If you and tie your work to a business need, identify specific objectives, and can back up your work  with measurement—you could be a winner. 

IABC/Iowa’s Bronze Quill Award program is open to all communications professionals including agencies, nonprofits, corporations and freelancers. IABC members receive a discounted entry fee – so join IABC on or before the submission deadline to benefit from member rates. For details on membership, contact Ann Leonard

Download the entry form, work plan templates, samples, and general guidelines for crafting a winning entry here. Submit questions to Crista Hahn, vice president of recognition.

Bronze Quill FAQ

What if I have confidential information in my work plan or sample?
If the information is too sensitive to share and cannot be hidden or masked in the work plan or sample, it may not be appropriate for the Bronze Quill awards. If you are able to omit the confidential information and still have a solid work plan or sample, then go for it. Keep in mind – judges aren’t looking for confidential information. They are looking for what your goals were, what you achieved, and how you went about executing your communication work.
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