FAQ

Why should you apply?

Our award programs help you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization. You can set yourself apart in the industry as an expert, which will open doors throughout your career. As a winner, you’ll earn publicity for your brand across our websites and social media audiences, free training at a Ragan conference of your choice, a custom write-up about your campaign and a trophy.

Who can enter?

Entries may be submitted by organizations worldwide. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. Most programs are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Our Nonprofit PR Awards are reserved for nonprofit organizations.

What does it take to be a winner?

Although each award program is unique, we look for top-quality work that shows clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit your business or client. Please provide metrics or media coverage that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as videos, visual design or websites that were a part of your project.

Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded.

We encourage you to submit the same campaign 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 explaining the purpose and scope of your project. The synopsis—1,000 to 1,250 words, please—should include the following sub-headings (when applicable):

  • Goals
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Execution
  • Evaluation: success, results or ROI

Campaigns must have been executed within 18 months prior to the date we begin accepting submissions for a given program.

Why are some deadlines extended?

We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.

Who are the judges?

We currently work exclusively with an external judging partner. We are not looking for new judges for our programs at this time.

When will I find out results?

We try to announce a list of finalists six to eight weeks after the close of the program. The announcement of the winners comes about three to four weeks after the announcement of the finalists. 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 in advance of these announcements. As deadlines are extended, so are expected announcement dates.