The CIPR received more than 1,000 submissions from within the participating regions by the deadline, 250 more entries than in 2004.
PRide awards cover 11 regions in the UK. The gongs - dished out in ceremonies over a four-month period, starting in October - showcase the best regional PR in 20 categories.
'Best Use of Media Relations' is a new category this year.
Shortlisted entries and a list of the judges will appear on the CIPR's website next month at www.cipr.co.uk/prideawards.