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NEED TO KNOW FOR 2018
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2018 PRSA-NY BIG APPLE AWARDS


The PRSA-NY Big Apple Awards are a prestigious annual program honoring outstanding communications campaigns and projects developed or implemented in and around New York City.

Our 2018 program recognizes the best work of 2017 submitted by in-house (association, corporate and government) communications teams, agencies of all sizes, and independent practitioners across the New York metro area.

 

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STILL AVAILABLE TO ENTER!

We are still accepting entries for a number of awards to be presented at the 2018 Big Apple Awards! More information and how to enter can be found below.

In-House Awards
A highlight of this year’s Big Apple program is a new series of awards designed to reward in-house communications teams for the great work they do as well as how they collaborate with senior agency leaders. Because the Big Apple Awards Mean Business one of our goals is to bring agencies and in-house teams closer together. These awards will accomplish this and to encourage a large group of nominees, we are making it free to enter.

Entries are due by Friday, April 27th. Enter here.

Media Awards
The PRSA-NY Chapter believes we have the best public relations practitioners in the world. One reason for that is we also offer the best in media, trade press and industry bloggers. While the media is under siege from multiple directions, we feel it is time to recognize the great work that they do and honor them for the first time as part of the Big Apple Awards. Entry is free.

Entries are due by Friday, April 27th. Enter here.

Diversity Awards
Entries are still being accepted for the Multicultural Public Relations category (Category 24) and Diversity and Inclusion categories (Categories 25 & 26). Regular deadline entry prices apply.

Entries are due by Friday, April 20th. Enter here.

The New President’s Diversity Data Honor Roll Award
The honor roll will recognize the PR and Communications agencies that release comprehensive, transparent and inclusive data. Entry is free.

Submissions are due by Friday, April 27th.  Enter here.

Individual Chapter Awards
Two of the awards that are presented that evening – the Philip Dorf Award for mentorship and the John W. Hill Award for professional achievement – are open for nomination by members of PRSA-NY; a third award is named by the Chapter’s president.

Submissions are due Friday, April 27th. More information here.

15 Under 35 Awards
The 15 Under 35 Awards of PRSA-NY recognize the most inspiring and ambitious young talent in communications and will be showcased at this year's Big Apple Awards.

Submissions are due May 1st. More information here.

 


MORE THAN 100 AWARD CATEGORIES
20 ARE BRAND NEW IN 2018

Marketing to Millennials & Boomers, Content Marketing, Expanded Video (including Live Web Events), Influencer, Diversity & Inclusion and Media Relations categories are on the list of new award categories for 2018! 


The scopes of our 100+ award categories were all carefully reviewed, more carefully defined, and in many cases expanded to better represent the work of communications professionals across the Tri-State region. 

[VIEW AWARD CATEGORIES AND DESCRIPTIONS]



IMPROVED ONLINE ENTRY PROCESS
Our 100% online entry portal is aligned with the PRSA Silver Anvil Awards, so it's easy to submit your entries in both programs!


IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING BUDGET INFO

  • Budget information is no longer required in the two-page summary reports that are submitted during the entry process. Confidential information should be excluded from those two-page reports. 

  • Though budget information IS required in the online form, it will automatically be considered “CONFIDENTIAL” for review only by the Big Apple judges.

 

Entrants may also provide supplemental information – text, charts, graphics, presentations, research, or other assets – that may give your entry a competitive edge.

[GO TO THE AWARDS ENTRY PORTAL]


TIPS ON "HOW TO WIN A BIG APPLE AWARD"
Industry experts, former judges, and recent award winners have shared their favorite tips for writing an award-winning entry (and mistakes to avoid along the way).


Emmanuel Tchividjian, PRSA-NY’s Chief Ethics Officer, compiled their guidance into a great “How To” presentation that will help entrants communicate program goals, describe tactics, highlight measureable results and maximize your chances of winning one of the most prestigious awards in the communications industry. 

[VIEW THE 2018 'HOW TO WIN' PRESENTATION]

 


LEARN FROM THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY WON

Review the top award-winning entries from 2017 … you may be able to pick up a few insights from their presentations:

 


PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The PRSA-NY Big Apple Awards are the gold standard of excellence for PR practitioners in the New York metro area and celebrate the tremendous work of PR agencies, companies, governmental bodies, and not-for-profit organizations implemented during the prior year. Multiple exclusive and non-exclusive partnership packages are available to position your company or brand in front of the nation’s largest and most influential workforce of professional communicators.

[VIEW 2018 PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES]

 


KEY DATES

  • Early Bird Deadline 
    Friday, February 16th at 11:59 pm (Eastern)

  • Regular Deadline
    Friday, March 16th at 11:59 pm (Eastern)
    Monday, March 19th at 11:59 pm (Eastern)

  • 2018 Big Apple Gala 
    Monday, June 11th at the Mandarin Oriental, New York

Discounts are available for current PRSA-NY Chapter members and for both members and non-members who are entering the same campaign in multiple categories.

[VIEW 2018 CALENDAR AND ENTRY PRICING]

 


QUESTIONS

  • For technical assistance regarding the online entry process

e: BigAppleAwards@prsany.org

 t: 212.228.7228

  • For assistance selecting the appropriate award categories and background on the judging process, contact a member of the 2018 Big Apple Awards team.

 


ABOUT THE BIG APPLE AWARDS
The New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America established the Big Apple Awards program in 1987 to encourage excellence in public relations. The program has evolved to keep pace with a rapidly changing industry and continues to celebrate the exciting and innovative successes of talented professionals working in the heart of the communications universe. Today, a Big Apple Award is recognized as one of the highest honors bestowed in public relations.  

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