The IABC Gold Quill Awards are presented annually to honour excellent communicators in their fields, and I am happy to tell you that as students, you are eligible to enter under the student categories for Communication Management, Communication Research, Communication Training and Education, or Communication Skills. You maybe submit any course work as an entry, either individual or group, or a project you have worked on outside of class.

Aside from the obvious bragging rights, why should you, a student, enter these prestigious awards? Here’s 3 reasons why:


1. Global Recognition


IABC is an international association, with communication professionals from around the world. The trophy (yes trophy) is presented at the IABC Excellence Gala, which is part of the IABC World Conference, which is held in Montreal in 2018. There will be communicators from all across the world at this event, to recognize and celebrate your achievement.


2. Add amazing experience to your resume








Having an award winning work on your resume before you graduate will make you stand out from amongst your peers.


3. Challenge yourself to create award winning work








It’s one thing to create something that will get you that A for school, it’s another thing if it’s also award-winning in the ‘real world’. Set your bar high and go for it!


I hope you all consider taking advantage of this incredible opportunity.The deadline for entry is January 10, 2018, though there is also a late deadline of January 30, 2018.

To learn more about the Gold Quill Award visit You can read about past winners, watch a helpful 1-hour Webinar on how to prepare your entry, and find answers to any questions I did not address here.


Good luck!

Erika Campbell is a PR student at the University of Winnipeg PACE. She hopes to enter the fundraising/philanthropy field upon graduating in 2018. In her spare time she loves reading anything historical , volunteering, and travelling with her husband