Winners of the 2016 Gold Quill Awards Announced

For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. The awards honor the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale with a focus on achieving solid business outcomes. The program recognizes business communication excellence, and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry.

IABC recently announced the Excellence and Merit winners of the 2016 Gold Quill Awards program. In total, IABC recognized 223 entries as world class, with 85 Excellence Awards and 138 Merit Awards announced. The awards will be presented at the IABC World Conference in New Orleans. Winners come from all parts of the world, with 12 countries represented in the winners list. They represent a cross section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small.

“The Gold Quill Awards are unique in the industry because they recognize work that makes a significant contribution to business or organizational outcomes,” said Monika Lancucki, ABC, Chair of the IABC Awards Committee. “Also, unlike many other awards programs, evaluators review each entry against IABC’s standard of excellence rather than against other entries. This encourages the pursuit of excellence rather than competition.”


Evaluators particularly look for entries where communicators are able to demonstrate the impact their work had on business goals and are innovative and unique. “The winning work in this year’s program demonstrates these traits and truly reflects a world class standard. It is the pinnacle of achievement in communication,” said Lancucki. “It’s not just about the latest technology or the creativity of campaign materials, but the impact the work has on the business need. Gold Quill winners are communication practitioners who are living testament to IABC’s mission, that communication can be a force for good in business and society. They deliver strategic impact for their organizations and clients, taking communication to the next level.”

The winners of the program’s Best of the Best awards, will be announced later this month. The winners of the IABC Agency of the Year and Communication Department of the Year awards, as well as other special awards, will be announced at the World Conference.

More information on Gold Quill, including the full list of winners, can be found here >>

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Interested in submitting for the next Gold Quill Awards?

Winning a Gold Quill is incredibly valuable to your career because it:

  • Demonstrates a significant and tangible achievement to your current and future employers
  • Helps demonstrate the true value of strategic communications to your business’ bottom line
  • Makes you a better practitioner through improved rigor and analysis of approach and execution

Developing a winning Gold Quill entry needn’t be a daunting task, and getting some tips and tricks can be helpful. IABC Boston board member, Victoria Dew, has been a Gold Quill Award evaluator since 2013 and is happy to discuss your entry with you and offer advice that can help you bring home the gold.

So, if you’ve got a great piece of work but aren’t sure what to do with it, now’s the time to reach out! Contact Victoria to get your entry ready.