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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Bronze Quill Awards?
IABC/Austin is the Austin area's premier association for business communicators. The chapter's annual Bronze Quill Awards promote personal and professional growth and recognize excellence in the field of business communication.

The Bronze Quill Awards are an opportunity to have your work evaluated by expert out-of-market judges to see how it compares with the work of your peers. The program also promotes professional growth and is a hallmark of excellence in business communication.

Do you need to be an IABC/Austin member to submit an entry?
No. The Bronze Quill Award program is open to all communications professionals including agencies, nonprofits, corporations and freelancers. IABC/Austin members do receive a discounted entry fee. Join IABC/Austin on or before the submission deadline to benefit from member rates. For details, contact Joceylyn Sexton, VP of membership.

What are the benefits of entering?
The Bronze Quill award program is a great opportunity for professional growth and acknowledgment. The program recognizes your work, shows how it compares with your peers, increases your credibility in the field and at work, and demonstrates your communication creativity and strategic planning skills. Winning a Bronze Quill is recognition you completed some of the best business communications in Austin.

How should I submit entries?
Follow the instructions listed under 'Guidelines - How to Enter'. You may pay online, or include a check with your work sample if you prefer.

Mail or deliver your work sample and documentation to:

IABC Bronze Quill 2010
c/o Texas Medical Association
Attn: Ellen Terry
401 W. 15th St., Rm. 9A
Austin, TX 78701

*Free visitor parking is available in the TMA building on level P2. You can enter the garage from either eastbound 15th Street or from San Antonio Street. Drop off your entry in Room 9A, ninth floor, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. If you have questions, contact Ellen Terry at ellen.terry@texmed.org or 512.370.1391

How much does it cost?
The payment schedule is shown in this chart:

Early Bird Deadline:
March 12, 2010

Enter early and save!

FINAL 2010 Deadline:
March 26

Member   

1 entry: $55

2 entries: $45/ea

3 entries: $40/ea

4+ entries: $35/ea

$80/ea

Nonmember   

1 entry: $70

2 entries: $65/ea

3 entries: $60/ea

4+ entries:
$55/ea

$90/ea

Student   

$20/ea

$40/ea

Can I submit several different entries?
You may submit as many different entries as you wish. A separate entry form must be submitted with each entry. One payment may cover multiple entries.

Can I enter the same entry more than once?
You may submit the same entry in as many divisions as appropriate, but in only one category in a division. Tailor your work plan to fit each category you enter. Submit a separate entry form for each entry, and submit the appropriate entry fee total.

Can I list two entrants on my entry?
List only one entrant and the entrant's company on the entry form. If your entry wins an award, you will have the opportunity to order additional awards for the other principals.

How do judges score the entries?
Your work sample(s) and work plan are each worth 50 percent of your score. At least two judges will evaluate each entry according to the criteria listed under each category.

How will you notify winners?
Winners will be notified by mail in mid-May. At that time, winners will need to prepare a mounted version of their winning entry for display at the awards banquet.  Work samples and work plans must be mounted to a 15-by-20-inch black mounting board with a copy of the entry form attached to the back of each board. Larger entries must be mounted on an appropriately sized board or two 15-by-20-inch boards.

What happens to my entries?
All winning entries will be on display at the Bronze Quill 2010 awards banquet on June 3, 2010. If you wish to keep your entry, please retrieve it at the close of the event.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
Contact Ellen Terry (ellen.terry@texmed.org) 512.370.1391.

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