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Due to overwhelming demand, we will accept entries until July 14 at 5 p.m. Entry fees are $110 for members and $145 for non-members.

Welcome to the 33rd Annual Phoenix Awards Call for Entries! The Phoenix Awards is a competition designed by PRSA Georgia to recognize Programs and Projects that demonstrate excellence in the public relations profession in Georgia. It is not necessary to be a PRSA member in order to compete. The Phoenix Awards are open to all public relations practitioners who reside in Georgia. 

The results will be announced at the Awards Celebration to be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. This is the signature event for the PR profession in Georgia.

Please review ALL of the instructions below, as they apply to ALL entries. Then, begin your entry by clicking the Program Awards or Project Awards logo below


(Note: Once you click on Program Awards or Project Awards above, and then click to submit an entry, you will be asked to login at the top left corner of the page. If you are a PRSA Georgia member, this login is different than any of your PRSA logins. If it is your first time submitting an entry, you will need to create a login with your email address and a password. If you forgot your password from last year, you may create a new one.) 


  • Beyond those listed here, there are additional instructions for Program entries and Project entries. Please review them closely.
  • You will need to select which categories you will submit as a Program or Project. Please view or download a list of Program Categories  or Project Categories.
  • Entries that exceed the specified size, length or format parameters will be subject to a 2-point deduction for each technical violation.
  • The Entry Form you will need to complete before you submit the contents of your entry will require the following additional information. Please make sure to create and have ready:
    • A title for your entry (no longer than 50 characters, with spaces). IMPORTANT: Titles longer than 50 characters (with spaces) will not fit on a Phoenix Award. Each title must be unique for every entry submitted.
    • A description of your entry (a brief summary of your entry, no longer than 75 words)
    • Up to two graphic images (one being your organization's logo) that represents your entry.  If your entry is a winner, all of the above information will be used to describe and show your entry at the Awards Celebration. Please highlight the most interesting or impressive thing you would want people to know about your entry!
    • An alternate contact for your awards (name, email, phone)
  • With the online process, you may begin your entry and save it. You are allowed to log back in to complete it before the deadline.
  • You can also download the instructions on this page: 2017 Phoenix Awards Entry Instructions .

Entry Eligibility

  • It is not necessary to be a PRSA member to compete in these awards. Each Phoenix Award category is open to all public relations practitioners who reside in Georgia.
  • Entries may be submitted in more than one category; however, separate entries, entry titles, fees and supplemental materials are required.
  • A significant portion of the work must have been conducted between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.

Entry Fees and Deadlines

  • Each entry submitted for judging requires a separate entry fee.
  • Only PRSA Georgia members in good standing qualify for the member rate. Member's name must appear on entries submitted at the member rate. To receive the member rate, the PRSA Georgia member must have contributed substantially to the Program or Project.
  • Each person submitting an entry needs to create their own log-in. You cannot use another person’s log-in.
  • Refunds will not be given for entries that qualify for the member rate but were entered at the non-member rate. 
  • Refunds will not be given for entries that are submitted, then later withdrawn from the competition. 
  • Deadlines:
    • Extended deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Late fee for entries received after 5 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2017 but before 5 p.m., Friday, July 14, 2017
    • $110 for members and $145 for non-members
  • All entries must be submitted and paid for online. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your payment.
  • Both the online payment and the entries must be received by 5 p.m. by the Early bird, Regular, or Late deadline


Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges made up of PRSA members from another PRSA chapter. In the event that a judge has a close affiliation with a particular entrant, that judge will abstain from judging that category. Awards may not be given in a particular category if it is determined that entries do not merit recognition. Judges may assign an entry to another category if they deem it more appropriate. Judges’ scores are final.

Award Notification

Finalists will be notified by e-mail prior to the Awards Celebration registration deadline. You must provide two e-mail addresses, as requested, to ensure finalists are notified promptly. All finalists have won either a Phoenix Award or an Award of Excellence, but the actual results will not be announced until the Awards Celebration at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Definition of Components

The strongest entries will demonstrate solid goals, measurable objectives, target audiences, strategies and tactics. For further explanation of each of these components - and more, review the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) document "Components of a Public Relations or Communications Plan."


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Use the following definitions to help you decide the most appropriate category and subcategory based on your Program or Project’s objectives and audiences.

  • Business-Products and Business-Services: 
    These subcategories include all profit-making entities. A company that derives half or more of its sales from manufacturing products should enter under “Products.” A company that derives half or more of its revenues by providing services (such as banks, utilities, retailers and transportation companies) should enter under “Services.”
  • Government:
    This subcategory includes all government bureaus, agencies, institutions or departments at the local, state and federal levels — including the armed forces, regulatory bodies, courts, public schools and state universities.
  • Association:
    This subcategory includes trade and industry groups, professional societies, chambers of commerce and similar organizations.
  • Nonprofit:
    This subcategory is specifically intended for health and welfare organizations, as well as educational and cultural institutions not included in other subcategories. It is not intended for organizations that may have nonprofit status but are clearly business organizations. Programs receiving funding or support from private or government organizations should be entered in those subcategories or “Partnerships.”
  • Partnerships:
    This subcategory is intended for public service programs that are funded jointly by businesses and other organizations, including nonprofit or government.
  • Packaged Goods:
    This subcategory refers to traditional consumer products sold in packages such as food products, pet products, household goods, toiletries and cosmetics.
  • Non-Packaged Goods:
    This subcategory refers to consumer products such as clothing, appliances and furniture.