RULES & FAQ
The Executive Communication Awards are open to any executive communication practitioner or team from the public or private sector interested in receiving recognition for exceptional work.
- Eligibility – Entries may be text, video, graphic, or any combination of the three. The communication effort must have been delivered during the 2022 calendar year.
- Award Nominator – An entry may be submitted by the executive communicator, the executive or anyone on his/her behalf. Please note: The person submitting the entry will be our permanent contact throughout the course of the awards program, and will receive all correspondence, including receipt of entry and winning entry acknowledgements.
- Choosing Categories – Entrants may nominate their work in one or multiple categories. There is a fee for each category submitted. Judges reserve the right to change an entry to fit the appropriate category. All entries are eligible for the Grand Award.
- Entry Procedure – Entries must be received online. Submit your entries here.
- Entry Fees and Deadlines – The fee for each entry received by February 28, 2023, is $395. The fee for each entry received by March 31, 2023, is $545. Members of the Executive Communication Council or the Professional Speechwriters Association receive a 25% discount on entry fees (discount is automatically applied when members are logged in).
- Return of Materials – All work submitted to the awards committee becomes the non-exclusive property of Pro Rhetoric, LLC and may be shared as case studies for executive communication practitioners.
- Awards Notification – Winners will be notified by email in early May 2023. Should your entry place as an award winner, your award certificate PDF will be personalized this way: Category Name, Applicant Name (or Team Name) and Title of Submission.
- Questions? Contact Mike King by phone at 312-919-7384 or send an e-mail to [email protected].
- Who should enter?
The competition is open to any executive communication professional from any area of the public or private sectors.
- Why enter?
Among the benefits of winning an Executive Communication Award:
- Certification (and rare public recognition) that you are exemplary at your craft
- Winner’s certificate PDF suitable for printing and framing
- Winner’s badge provided for you to promote your win on your website
- Included in a downloadable collection of winning entries to be featured on our website, promoted via social media and included in a press release to relevant media outlets
- Celebration of Executive Communication Awards at the annual Executive Communication Summit
- Grand Award winner receives one free registration to the 2023 Executive Communication Summit
- What are Executive Communication judges looking for?
The judges assess programs, campaigns, vehicles and events on their individual merits, avoiding formulas and asking mainly: Does this communication effort powerfully achieve the goals it set out to deliver? Along the way, we look for:
- Style. The work makes effective use of storytelling, writing flourishes, design techniques and channel flexibility so that the messaging appears natural, appropriate and compelling. The style accentuates the message and animates the leader.
- Substance. A winning entry is a coherent story, wherein a well-defined problem or opportunity leads to a logical executive communications approach, supported by thorough tactics and their imaginative execution—all leading to compelling results.
- What’s the mission of the Executive Communication Awards?
We’re here to honor executive communicators for their contribution to internal and public conversation. Endorsed by the Executive Communication Council, these Awards celebrate all aspects of successful, professional leadership communication. Over the years, we hope that the winning entries will become a valuable collection that executive communication professionals can access for their own edification and inspiration.
- Is the awards competition open to communication efforts delivered in any language?
The Awards competition is open to executive communicators worldwide, however the work must be submitted in English. If it was originally created in a different language, the entry is still eligible if the text and sample materials are provided in English.
- Are all entries eligible and considered for the Grand Award?
Yes, though if for some reason you wish to enter your work only in the competition for the Grand Award, you may do that.
- What if I have an idea for a category that is not currently listed?
Additional categories may be added for next year’s competition, and we welcome your suggestions. Just send an e-mail to [email protected] to let us know what categories you would like us to consider.
- What if I have additional questions?
For more information call Mike King at 312-919-7384 or e-mail him at [email protected]