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.

IABC/Iowa Honored as 2013 Small Chapter of the Year

 IABC/Iowa has been named the 2013 Small Chapter of the Year, topping the worldwide list of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) chapters its size.

 Along with the highest honor for chapters with 75 members or fewer, IABC/Iowa earned a Professional Development Excellence Award, recognizing the chapter’s strong local programming for communication professionals. Both awards were handed out at the Chapter Management Awards, part the annual IABC Leadership Institute, this year in New Orleans, La.

IABC is composed of 14,000 members from more than 70 countries, representing all walks of life in business communications.

The Iowa chapter’s mission is to connect communication professionals and help them advance their careers. Anyone is welcome to attend IABC/Iowa events. See what’s coming soon.

The Chapter Management Awards recognize outstanding volunteer chapter leaders worldwide in the areas of leadership abilities, management skills, creativity and teamwork.

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!

Get recognized for excellence in communications

You know your communications work is amongst the best in the state of Iowa.

Let our experts confirm it by judging your best efforts from 2012 against the work of your peers. Our judges will offer you constructive tips to get even better, and then, in June, we’ll shower you and your organization with praise.

Like last year’s Best in Show winner, Iowa Bankers Association’s Lori Ristau, ABC, you could even take home the biggest prize of all.

The 2013 IABC/Iowa Bronze Quill Awards will once again recognize the best work in the state on strategic communications of all kinds – from Iowa’s top corporations, agencies, freelancers, nonprofits and more.

Download your entry packet today (Word: 350 KB), and make plans to apply. Please read the rules and follow the instructions carefully. Enter by April 23, and save $5 on every submission.

Why the Bronze Quill Awards?

The Bronze Quill Awards program solicits the best work from communicators across the state – professionals such as you – whose work is furthering their organization’s goals and directly contributing to business success.

Bronze Quill Award winners:

  • Demonstrate strategic thinking by understanding their audience’s needs and setting clear objectives that support a business goal
  • Offer strategically creative, effective communication solutions
  • Prove their value and measurable benefits to their organization by successfully meeting the stated goals

By simply applying, you’ll commit yourself to thinking more strategically about your next project.

A case study: How to win a Bronze Quill Award

For more than a decade, IABC/Iowa’s Bronze Quill Awards program has celebrated the best examples of organizational communication in the profession – from writing and design to strategic communication planning.

For a little inspiration and as an example of what award-winning work looks like, learn from last year’s cream of the crop.

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.