Awards Timeline

Entry Deadline:
August 19, 2016

Late Deadline:
August 26, 2016

Extended Deadline:
September 2, 2016

Awards Luncheon:
January 2017

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**Entries are now closed for the 2015 program. Honorees will be announced in December 2016 and celebrated at a luncheon in January 2017 in NYC.

You know who the women superstars are on your PR team—now is your opportunity to let their peers and entire PR News audience know who they are and how they’ve excelled in communications.

Women have long been at the forefront of public relations, creating communications strategies for brands, nonprofits and government agencies—managing crises, developing brand messages, protecting and building brand reputations and creating content for digital platforms. PR News’ Top Women in PR Awards will celebrate those women who have made bold advances in these areas in the last year for their own organizations or for clients.

We will salute women who work in communications for corporations, agencies, governmental organizations, academic institutions and nonprofits, of all titles and years of experience. Self nominations are accepted and past Top Women in PR honorees are also eligible to enter again. PR News will celebrate the winners at a special event in January 2017 and in editorial coverage in print and online.

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Who Should Enter

We are celebrating women of all titles and years of experience who are having an impact on the discipline of Public Relations.

Respondents are not required to answer all questions to be considered (except where indicated), but we encourage you to provide as much information as possible so that we can evaluate each submission fairly and accurately. Both domestic and international organizations are eligible and will be judged according to the category. Please note that the names and identities of all nominators will remain confidential, but the information provided will be used for judging purposes and for coverage in PR News Online.

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How To Enter

Judges will review each organization's synopses specific to September 2015 though September 2016.

Please include a 2-3 page synopsis with the following information:

In 1,000 words or less, please cover as much of the following, broken down by criteria:

  • Name of nominee
  • Nominee’s job title
  • Organization
  • Type of organization (corporation, agency, governmental organization, academic institution, nonprofit)
  • City/state/country
  • Nominee’s email address
  • Nominee’s phone number
  • Why should the nominee be included in PR News’ Top Women in PR list? (100 words max)
  • List three (3) communications campaigns or initiatives created or led by the nominee in the last 12 months. Include each campaign’s goal, the nominee’s role in the campaign and measures of success. (200 words max per campaign, 600 words total for each section)
  • How has the nominee’s influence in PR extended beyond her own organization? (100 words max)
  • Please provide 3 words to best describe this nominee.
  • Have you worked professionally with the nominee and, if so, in what capacity? (100 words max)

Person submitting nomination:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Organization
  • Email address

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Deadlines / Entry Fees

Entry Deadline: August 19, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Late Deadline: August 26, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Extended Deadline: September 2, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST
All entries must be finalized by September 2, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Entry Fees:
The price of each primary entry is $399. There is a late entry surcharge of $275 per entry. Payment in full must accompany the entry.

For entries submitted between August 19 and August 26, 2016 please add a $275 late fee per entry.

If you would like to pay by check, please mail the check to:

Mary Lou French / Top Women in PR Awards
Access Intelligence
9211 Corporate Boulevard, 4th Floor
Rockville, MD 20850

All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

How are the entries judged?
Entries are judged by a blue-chip panel of PR executives, as well as by the staff of PR News. We evaluate your entry based on the criteria listed in the “Compiling Your Entry” section. The Best in Show winner will also be selected by a panel of PR executives, the staff of PR News as well as your peers.

Can I enter by mail? 

We accept entries by mail using this form: Mail-in Form. Please send 3 copies of supporting documents.

Who is eligible to win an award?

We are celebrating women of all titles and years of experience who are having an impact on the discipline of Public Relations.

Am I eligible if I've been named an honoree in the past?

Yes, past honorees are eligible for the current Top Women in PR Awards program. As each program of the Top Women in PR Awards is focused on communications successes from the past year, Top Women can be named honorees multiple times.

When and where will the Awards Luncheon be held?

The winners will receive their award during a luncheon in January 2017.

Where can I find past winners? 

2015 Winners
2014 Winners

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Contact & Sponsorship Information

For questions regarding PR News' Top Women in PR Awards, contact Marketing Assistant Jessica Placencia at; 301-354-1641. For sponsorship information, contact Account Executive Lindsay Silverberg at; 301-354-1716.