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Entry Requirements and Rules

1. Eligibility
All communicators in the Houston area are eligible to submit as many entries in as many categories as they choose. Entrants must submit only their original work or work they directly supervised. The work entered must have been primarily completed or produced in the Greater Houston Area during the 2017 calendar year. Identical entries in multiple categories will not be accepted.

2. Entry Deadline and Fees
Entries must be submitted with payment in full by one of the dates listed below. Price is per entry. *Awards are due by midnight CST on the date indicated to receive correct pricing. 


Early Entry
Feb. 7 - March 7*

Standard Entry
March 8 - March 16*

Late Entry
March 17 - April 6*

Member $80 $115 $175
Non-member $120 $155 $215
Special Awards  Free to members. $35 for non-members.

3. Payment Options
Payments will be accepted by credit card on this website or by check. If paying by check, confirmation email of award entry must be submitted with payment.

4. Entry Requirements
All Campaign and Tactical Category entries must include and will be judged on the following:

  • Promo: 100-word description (to be used for promotional purposes)
  • Overview statement/summary: A clear and concise overview of the entry (600-word limit)
  • Research: Summarize research conducted or gathered for the project, and show how that research helped define your goals, objectives, strategies and target audiences.
  • Planning: State the goals and measurable objectives of the program or project, along with the intended impact on the target audiences and, by extension, the organization.
  • Implementation: Describe the strategies, techniques and tools used to meet the objectives. What key messages did you convey, and why? What, if any, challenges did you overcome? Include the project's timetable and budget. What extraordinary circumstances did you overcome?
  • Evaluation: Detail success by matching outcomes to the objectives. Discuss the impact of the program on the target audience and organization. How did you measure results? Did you meet the timetable and budget? If not, why not?
  • Supporting Materials: Claims made in your summary must be substantiated by supporting materials included with your entry. Supporting materials are limited to one (1) PDF document, not to exceed twenty (20) pages or 15 MB. The PDF can include a combination of photos, samples, drawings, graphics, maps, videos*, and printed collateral. *Upload videos to YouTube and provide a link in your pdf document.

Candidates should use their best judgment in putting together their entries based on PRSA and Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) best practices. Winning entries will reflect the highest standards for strategic thinking, ethical practice, and measurement that are consistent with the Barcelona Principles. Identical entries in multiple categories will not be accepted.