Get recognized for outstanding public relations efforts this year! We're now accepting Summit Award applications with an early bird deadline of Oct. 16, 2021 and final deadline of Oct. 31, 2021.


  • Community Partnerships

  • Public Relations Campaign

  • Issues & Crisis Management

  • Internal Communications

  • Marketing Products or Services

  • Special Events

  • Student Portfolio



  • Annual Report

  • Earned Media

  • Paid Media

  • Publications (one time)

  • Publications (recurring)

  • Public Service Announcement

  • Shared Media (earned)

  • Video

  • Website

  • Writing


  • Student Portfolio

Questions? Email our awards chair Chuck Lionberger


  • Shooting Star Award - The award honors the chapter member who, in the previous year, represented the best in public relations as an outstanding example of the management function that establishes mutually beneficial relationships between an organization and the public upon whom its success or failure depends.  Nominate Someone Online

  • Adam & Alison Award for Media Excellence - PRSA Blue Ridge members may nominate an individual member of the media that exemplifies excellence in fair and accurate reporting. Nominations are due Oct. 31, 2021. There is no fee to submit a nomination. Nominate Someone Online

  • COVID-19 Communicators Award - This category honors the PRSA chapter member who, since the beginning of the pandemic, has acted as a shining example of the PR profession in the face of great adversity and uncertainty. PRSA Blue Ridge chapter members are eligible to submit nominations. Nominate Someone Online


  • Best In Show - A Best-in-Show Award will be presented to the entry receiving the highest point total in each category (Campaigns and Tactics). All categories are eligible for Best-in-Show with the exception of the student portfolio category.

  • Lin Chaff Award for Creativity - The Lin Chaff Award for Creativity is open to all submitted entries. There is no need to enter the category separately. One entry will be selected by the judges as the overall most creative entry based on the creative execution of the campaign or tactic.

  • COVID-19 Response Award - This category was added to recognize the tremendous work done by communications professionals during the response to the pandemic. Entries related to an entrant's COVID-19 response should be noted in the entry form. All COVID-19 related entries are eligible and no additional entry fee is required.