The entry deadline for the 2014 Awards is Friday, October 4 – late submissions will be accepted until Friday, October 11 for an additional late entry fee. The major change in this year's program is the entry process, which for the first time is entirely online.
From submitting to judging, the process will be carried out digitally. Furthermore, the entry kit has been reconfigured to offer clearer guidelines for each category so submissions more clearly align with what judges are looking for.
Day said: “It is an absolute honor to serve as judging chair for the 15th annual PRWeek Awards. Frankly, they are the Oscars of our business. They not only recognize the best of what we do; they also help each of us take our work to the next level.”
Last year, PRWeek introduced a new category called Communicator of the Year, which honors an individual deemed to be the most outstanding communicator in the period covered by the Awards, October 8, 2012 through October 4, 2013. Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl who bravely champions girls education and women's rights, was the inaugural winner.
That award will be presented again this year, along with 34 other returning categories. Employee Communications Campaign of the Year has been renamed Internal Communications Campaign of the Year, while Best Use of Broadcast Digital is now Best Use of Broadcast/Video.
The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on March 20, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City in front of more than 1,000 guests from throughout the communications industry. Awards are presented in 35 categories that honor PR's best campaigns, techniques, personalities, academic curricula, and agency teams. The winners are selected by a group of judges made up of some of the most senior people in the communications industry, representing in-house corporate communications teams, agencies, PR professors, service companies, and nonprofits.
For full details and to download your entry kit, visit awards.prweekus.com.