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The 2017 Silver Quill Awards are here!


The Silver Quill program is now accepting entries, and the early-bird deadline is 15 September.

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Africa Region is excited to announce the kick off to the 2017 Regional Silver Quill Awards programme. The programme recognises business communication excellence across the continent, and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious global communication awards.

All entrants into the IABC Africa Silver Quill Awards will be encouraged to enter the 2018 global awards programme, which is presented at an Excellence Gala, to be held in June 2018 in Montréal, as part of the IABC’s World Conference.

The Quill Awards are unique in the industry because they recognise work that makes a significant contribution to business outcomes. Evaluators will review each entry against IABC’s standard of excellence, encouraging 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.

“Local communicators produce exceptional work, which deserves to be recognised on the global stage”, says Carol Allers, IABC Africa regional chairperson. She adds, “the IABC African Silver Quill Awards not only recognises local communication excellence, but also helps to prepare entrants for the global Gold Quills programme. Entrants are guaranteed a thorough judging process, followed by detailed feedback to help prepare for the global awards entry”.


15 September – Early bird deadline

29 September – Final deadline

14 October – Evaluation of the Africa Silver Quill Awards

2 November – Gala evening hosted at the IABC Africa Masterclass 2017 where the winners of an Africa Silver Quill Award will receive their awards


Members: R999
Non-members: R1499

Submission process:

Either via email to Based on your location, you will be advised to either mail your submission or hand deliver it to a specific location. This will be advised when you enter.

Where can I get help to prepare my Silver Quill entry? Follow the link for guidelines and templates.

About the Africa Silver Quill Awards:

This is the second year that the Africa Region embarks on rolling out the Africa Silver awards programme before the global Gold Quill awards process. This is not only to recognise local communication excellence but also to assist and prepare entrants for the global programme. Once you have SILVER – then go for the GOLD!!!

About the global Gold Quill Awards:

For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognised and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. The Gold Quill Awards honour the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale with a focus on achieving solid business outcomes.

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