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 leading-edge 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 other IABC chapter professionals, a Music City Gold Pen Award is one of the most prestigious awards a communicator, designer, marketing strategist, or student can earn. 


Review the 2020 Music City Gold Pen Call for Entries to choose from 28 categories across four divisions, which are aligned with IABC’s international Gold Quill awards program to give you a chance to ladder up to the next competition without rewriting your plan.

Each entry will be judged on its own merits, not judged against other submissions. The awards criteria are based on IABC’s Global Seven-Point Scale of Excellence. All entries will receive valuable feedback from seasoned practitioners from the IABC Atlanta and Kansas City chapters.

2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards Call for Entries





Once you’ve reviewed the Call for Entries and decided which Division(s) you want to enter, use these resources from IABC’s Gold Quill Awards for filling out the online entry form and creating an award-winning entry.

Division 1: Communication Management Resources

Division 2: Communication Research Resources

Division 3: Communication Training and Education Resources

Division 4: Communication Skills Resources


After reviewing the entry instructions provided above for your division(s), click through to the IABC Nashville awards website, and get started. Once you begin your entry, you have the option of stopping, saving your work, and completing it later. 

In the past, it has come to our attention that some company firewalls are not allowing award entrants to access the Music City Gold Pen Award submission platform supported by Award Force. If you are experiencing this issue, follow the steps below.
  1. Ask your IT department to whitelist the awards platform URL: https://iabcnashville.awardsplatform.com
  2. Open the firewall software on your computer and whitelist the awards platform URL yourself: https://iabcnashville.awardsplatform.com
  3. Use Opera Turbo to bypass network blocks. Download Opera Turbo, and follow this guide explaining how to enable Turbo mode.
  4. Submit your entry from an off-site location and/or computer.



Monday, June 1: Call For Entries Open
Friday, August 21: Early Deadline
  • IABC Members: $75 Per Entry*
  • Non-Members: $90 Per Entry
  • Nonprofits/Students: $25 Per Entry
Friday, August 28: Final Deadline
  • IABC Members: $90 Per Entry*
  • Non-Members: $110 Per Entry
  • Nonprofits/Students: $40 Per Entry
Mid/Late September: Winners Notified
Monday, November 2: Virtual Awards Celebration
*Must be an active IABC member to receive rate


NEW Category for 2020: Diversity and Inclusion
Division 1: Communication Management
Category 17: Diversity & Inclusion
  • Campaigns or programs of work aimed at building a culture of inclusion for an organization, with internal or external stakeholders (or both).
  • Entries must focus on the communication elements of D&I programs, which could include specific topic-based initiatives, special events or wider organizational strategies to advance D&I aim

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Leadership Awards
IABC Nashville is proud to support three Leadership Awards designed to honor outstanding communicators in our region. These awards are designed to recognize members for their outstanding achievements and positive impact on the profession and IABC Nashville. Categories include:
  • Rising Star: Salutes a young, dynamic leader who is shaping the future of IABC Nashville.
  • Communicator of the Year: Recognizes a communication leader who demonstrates exceptional leadership, management, and communication skills.
  • Hall of Fame: Lifetime achievement as an outstanding communicator whose contributions have raised the standards of professional communications.
*Nominee must be an active member of IABC Nashville

Judging Partners
A BIG thank you to our official award partners, IABC Atlanta and KC IABC, for providing judges for the 2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards. As part of this partnership, members from IABC Nashville will be judging the KC Quills and Golden Flame Awards.

Sponsorship Levels
Sponsors of the Music City Gold Pen Awards gain visibility and recognition from the region’s top business communicators. Showcase your company to event attendees by becoming a sponsor and reach a group of decision-makers and influencers in the business community. This year we will be offering four sponsorship levels including Presenting, Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels. We also accept in-kind/trade sponsorships to help us execute the event, and will grant you one of the sponsorship levels based on the value of your trade. 

Questions? Contact our Vice President of Awards and Communications, Kellie Davie, at kdavie@keycompr.com