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Where would organizations be without impressive communicators?
Short answer: Lost.
Ragan and PR Daily will honor the industry’s most creative, dedicated, innovative—downright remarkable—communications professionals and teams in its annual Communicators of the Year & Rising Star Awards.
Our Communicators of the Year & Rising Star Awards will showcase the storytellers who dreamed up and delivered engaging campaigns, successful projects, impressive initiatives and more for their organizations or clients. We will recognize the people who are behind the scenes of communications success.
Your organization or client(s) have you to thank for their success this past year. Enter Ragan’s and PR Daily’s Communicators of the Year and Rising Star Awards by Oct. 7 to earn the recognition you deserve for your hard work!
HALL OF FAME
Hall of Fame Honorees
COMMUNICATORS OF THE YEAR
Agency Leader of the Year
Account Executive of the Year
Communications Writer of the Year
Corporate Communication Leader of Year
Crisis Communicator of the Year
CSR/ESG Professional of the Year
Digital Communicator of the Year
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Communicator of the Year
Employee Communications Professional of Year
Editor of the Year
Global Communicator of the Year
Government Communicator of the Year
Health Care Communicator of the Year
HR Communicator of the Year
Integrated Marketer of the Year
Investor Relations Professional of the Year
Measurement/Data Expert of the Year
Media Relations Professional of the Year
Nonprofit Communicator of the Year
Podcast Host of the Year
PR/Communications Educator of the Year
PR Professional of the Year—Agency
PR Professional of the Year—Corporate
PR Professional of the Year—Nonprofit
PR Team Leader
Publicist of the Year
Public Affairs Professional of the Year
Rising Star (Age 30 and under)
Social Media Communicator of the Year
Speechwriter of the Year
AND THERE’S MORE
Most Clever and Witty
Selfless Team Player
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
Agency Team of the Year: 1-15 staff
Agency Team of the Year: 15+ staff
Corporate Comms Team of the Year: 1-15 staff
Corporate Comms Team of the Year: 15+ staff
Nonprofit/Government Comms Team of the Year: 1-15 staff
Nonprofit/Government Comms Team of the Year: 15+ staff
HOW TO ENTER
Tell us in 300-1,000 words about yours, your nominee’s or the team's accomplishments in the previous 12 months; Hall of Fame entries honor lifetime achievements. The winning list of Communicators of the Year and Teams of the Year will be those who have distinguished themselves among their peers with meaningful achievements. Choose a category that best describes the nominee or team and submit your short essay along with any supporting materials you feel will be helpful to the judges. Ragan’s panel of judges will select multiple winners from each category and reserves the right to place your nominee in the category that best fits her accomplishments.
When applicable, please include the following sub-headings on the entry form:
- Strategy and tactics
- Evaluation: success, results or ROI
You will be able to upload additional documents to your submission. We encourage you to include press releases, design concepts, videos, analytics, testimonials and anything else you feel will give us a better sense of your project. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.
These awards are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your client.
Companies from around the world are welcome to enter as long as the entry is submitted in English.
Contact Brendan Gannon to find the perfect category for your campaign or project. You can call 312-960-4407 or email email@example.com.
This year’s program is open to any work executed between Oct. 1, 2021, and Oct. 7, 2022, inclusive.
The price of each entry is $425.
For entries submitted after October 7, there will be a $199 late fee added per entry.
Payment in full must accompany the entry (or an invoice to be paid). All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you apply?It is increasingly important to recognize the important role of comms pros within an organization. This awards program allows you to prove your value. A Communicator of the Year reflects on the entire organization. Winners will earn publicity for their brand and their work across our websites and social media audiences, a custom write-up about their work and a trophy.
Who can enter?Nominations may be submitted on behalf of individuals or teams, worldwide. Self-nominations, as well as nominations on behalf of colleagues or clients are accepted. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. This program is open to communication practitioners and teams in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors.
What does it take to be a winner?We look for clearly articulated submissions that showcase why the nominee is deserving of this honor. Supporting materials, such as testimonials, examples of the nominees’ work are helpful. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded. We encourage you to submit the nominees to multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning.
What are the entry requirements?The entry form requires that you submit a synopsis of the honoree, including their current role, achievements in the past 12 months, and justification for why they should receive an award from us. Hall of Fame entries reflect lifetime achievements.
Why are some deadlines extended?We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
When will I find out results?We try to announce winners about three to four months after the final deadline. Each announcement will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter and on our social media platforms. Emails notify entrants of these announcements. As deadlines are extended, so are expected announcement dates.
If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please call Brendan Gannon at 312-960-4407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in sponsoring one of Ragan Communications’ award programs, please contact Hannah Lavelle at 312-960-4628 or email email@example.com.