Last year's publications award has been split into two new categories: best civic magazine/newspaper and best leaflet or publication.
'We found many councils print specific magazines and newsletters and believed each merited its own award,' said IPR Local Government Group secretary Jenny Tozer.
The awards, called Excellence in Communications, attracted 200 entries last year, with Brighton & Hove Council's PR team being handed the Communicators of the Year top prize by PRWeek editor Kate Nicholas.
Other awards up for grabs include internal comms, best consultation campaign, PR on a shoestring, best use of e-media and campaign of the year.
Deadline for entries is 28 June. The awards ceremony takes place on 14 September.
Edited by Joe Lepper.