15-to-Watch Awards

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Come back soon for information on the 2013 15-to-Watch Awards program. 



Who are the young PR professionals that have stood out to you this year? It’s your turn to decide—enter your favorite young PR professionals in PR News’ annual 15-to-Watch competition. This program, honoring 15 budding PR leaders and creative practitioners, is open to PR professionals age 30 and under. Nominees must be a practicing communications professional at any of the following: a corporation, PR firm, nonprofit/association, educational institution, government organization or industry supplier. Nominees may reside anywhere in the world.

Winners will be named and profiled in a Special Issue of PR News as well as recognized at PR News’ PR People Awards Luncheon in November 29, 2012.

Who Should Enter? 

The 15-to-Watch Awards are open to all individuals worldwide at for-profit and non-profit organizations including: corporations, PR firms, public affairs and IR agencies, publicity firms, associations, government, and NGO teams, and sole practitioners, who are 30 or under on the date the entry is submitted.

How To Enter 

You can nominate yourself or your colleagues. Your nomination/s need to be submitted online by August 17, and include the following:

  • The nominee’s name
  • The nominee’s position (title and organization)
  • The nominee’s age (including birth date if possible)
  • Your professional relationship to the nominee (*you can self-nominate)
  • A brief synopsis on why this young PR pro should be named to our list (1 to 2 pages)
  • At least 3 concrete examples of his or her stellar achievements over the past year (specific campaigns, events, programs – proof that this person shines!)
  • A sample of his or her work and/or supporting materials (media clips, press materials, campaign results and any other items that prove the nominee should be a 15-to-Watch winner!)
  • Nominee’s contact information (full name, title, organization, email and phone)
  • Your name and contact information so that we may follow up with questions during the judging process


Deadlines/Entry Fees:  

Entry Deadline: August 17
Late Deadline: August 24 (submitted by)

Finalists will be notified in September and honored in December at the PR People Luncheon at in Washington, D.C.

If paying by check, please make the check out to PR News/Access Intelligence.  For questions or additional information, please contact Awards Coordinator Mary-Lou French at mfrench@accessintel.com.

Entry Fees:
The price of each primary entry is $300. The late surcharge is $199 per entry. Payment in full must accompany the entry. 

All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.  


How are the entries judged?
Entries are judged by a blue-chip panel of corporate, agency, nonprofit and academic executives, as well as by the staff of PR News. We evaluate your entry based on creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and results. Our most important criterion is proven success that aligns with your end goals.

Who is eligible to win an award?
Any communications individual – corporate, agency, association, governmental agency or nonprofit – of is eligible to enter the 15-to-Watch Awards Program.

Where and when will the event be held?
The winners and honorable mentions will receive their 15-to-Watch awards in December 2012 at the PR News PR People awards luncheon in Washington, D.C.

How do I increase my chances of winning an award?
Emphasize your goals, as well as your achievements in your synopsis. Provide as many concrete and specific examples of success as possible, and explain clearly and succinctly the things you have accomplished.

When will I be notified about the status of my entry?
The PR News staff will contact you regarding the status of your entry online if you are named a finalist in the awards program. Finalists are notified 30-60 days in advance of the ceremony.

What is your tax ID number?
W-9 Form Request

Sponsorship Opportunities:

To sponsor the PR People Awards Luncheon and Special Awards Issue, please contact VP & Publisher, Diane Schwartz at (212) 621-4964; dschwartz@accessintel.comClick here for information on advertising.

Contact Information:

For questions or additional information, please contact Saun Sayamongkhun at saun@accessintel.com.

Previous Winners

2011 Winners
2010 Winners
2009 Winners
2008 Winners
2007 Winners
2006 Winners
2005 Winners