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CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN: 
IABC NASHVILLE’S 2021 MUSIC CITY GOLD PEN AWARDS

IABC Nashville is on a quest to recognize Middle Tennessee professionals who exemplify excellence in strategic business communications, management skills, thought leadership, and creativity. Each year, the Music City Gold Pen Awards showcase top-notch work from area communicators—members and non-members alike—from various sectors. 

Submitting an entry will help you develop your professional knowledge and skills and prepare for entry into the international Gold Quill Awards program. Judged by professionals in other IABC chapters, a Music City Gold Pen Award is one of the most prestigious awards a communicator, designer, marketing strategist, or student can earn. 

KEY DATES AND INFORMATION

Now: Call For Entries Open

Thursday, June 24: Early Deadline

  • IABC Members: $110 Per Entry*
  • Non-Members: $150 Per Entry
  • Nonprofits/Students: $30 Per Entry

Wednesday, June 30: Grant Me Some Slack Deadline

  • IABC Members: $125 Per Entry*
  • Non-Members: $165 Per Entry
  • Nonprofits/Students: $40 Per Entry

NEW: There is a discount of $35 for submitting multiple entries. This does not apply to student entries.

Mid/Late August: Winners Notified

Thursday, September 16: Awards Celebration

*Must be an active IABC member to receive rate
+Subject to change due to COVID-19 pandemic

10 REASONS TO ENTER
THE 2021 MUSIC CITY GOLD PEN AWARDS

  1. Demonstrate your skills in analytical thinking and creative implementation by entering an effective strategic communications plan according to IABC’s global standards and criteria of excellence.
  2. Earn credibility and a reputation as one among the best in the region.
  3. Be recognized for your work by colleagues, your employer, and clients, with solid evidence that you’re one of the best at what you do.
  4. Fine-tune your skills with expert feedback from senior professionals.
  5. Inspire your team and enhance their reputation, both internally and externally.
  6. Build a business case for an increase in your communications budget.
  7. Elevate the standard of professional communication in your organization.
  8. Build a portfolio of work & a stronger resumė to open doors for new career advancements.
  9. Show you can compete with the best.
  10. Use the feedback from our local IABC chapter awards to enter an even stronger submission at regional and international levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CATEGORIES AND JUDGING CRITERIA

Distinguish your work in four divisions

Division 1: Communication Management 

Division 2: Communication Research 

Division 3: Communication Training and Education 

Division 4: Communication Skills

Judges evaluate entries on a 7-point scale with zero being the lowest score and 7 being the highest. An entry is considered to be competent if it scores at least 4. Entries must receive 5.25 to receive a Merit award. Entries scoring 5.75 receive an Award of Excellence. The Music City Gold Pen evaluation criteria is modeled after the IABC Gold Quill Awards criteria.

Winning entries must demonstrate that they met clearly stated objectives, show originality and demonstrate results based on measured outcomes. Evaluators consider how well a program was conceived and executed, how appropriate the chosen strategy and objectives were for the desired results, and how the outcomes are measured and achieved.

NEW Category for 2021: COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION

Division 1: Communication Management
Category 14B: COVID-19 Response and Recovery Management Communication
  • COVID-19-related programs targeted at external and/or internal audiences that address crisis, business continuity or issues or attitudes that have a significant impact on an organization, such as shuttering/re-opening businesses, furlough/layoff staff, redesigning business operations
  • Programs may demonstrate both proactive planning and preventive action during the pandemic and/or show the actions taken to address trends, issues and interest group attitudes that have a major impact on an organization

View Entry Details and Category Descriptions

Questions? Contact our Vice President of Awards and Communications, Katie Adkisson, APR, at katie@reedpublicrelations.com