2018 OVATION Awards: Now accepting entries!
It’s that time of year again. The 2018 OVATION Awards will start accepting submissions in January and we can’t wait to see how you “think”. For more than 30 years, the IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards has offered communication professionals in the GTA an opportunity to present their best work for feedback and recognition from their peers.
This year, we’re using a new online award system and are updating our Call for Entries to better align with IABC Gold Quill Awards and IABC Canada Silver Leaf Awards, making it easier for you to submit the same entry across all IABC award programs. So, thank you in advance for your patience as we take care of the mechanics.
Not a member of IABC/Toronto but want to receive notification about the 2018 OVATION key dates? Please send an email to email@example.com. All current IABC/Toronto members will automatically be sent notification.
Mark your calendars – Key OVATION Dates:
- Online submission opens: January 15, 2018
- Early bird deadline: January 31, 2018
- On-time deadline: February 14, 2018
- Last minute deadline: February 28, 2018
- OVATION Awards Gala: May 23, 2018
Register Now! Free, Live IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards webinar
Are you thinking about entering the OVATION Awards, but need a little help to either get started or refine your entry? Join us on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, from 12 to 1:00 p.m. EST for a free, live webinar. This is open to IABC/Toronto members and non-members.
We will cover what you need to know about entering the OVATION Awards, what the judges look for and what to include in your work samples. You will also have the opportunity to ask any burning questions.
The webinar will be hosted by our IABC/Toronto board members Amalia Kyriacou, VP OVATION Awards, and presented by Maliha Aqeel, President, and past OVATION, Gold Quill and Silver Leaf judge.
Be sure to review the Call for Entries to get up to speed before the webinar.
Can’t join us? A recording of the webinar will be available after the event.
2018 Divisions and Categories – 2018 OVATION Awards Call for Entries pdf
Eligibility & Time Frame
IABC/Toronto’s OVATION Awards are open to all Greater Toronto Area communications practitioners, members and non-members, from juniors to independents to veterans and all those in-between. Each submission must have been planned, produced and completed within a period of three years prior to submission.
An entry that has been previously entered in the OVATION Awards program, and has not already won an OVATION Award in the category being entered in the last three years of the OVATION program, can be re-submitted as long as the work was produced and measured between January 1, 2015 and the date of submission.
You may submit as many different entries as you wish. Each entry must meet the requirements of the selected category. The same program/project can be entered into several categories as long as each entry is tailored to the specific category criteria. Each entry must be submitted separately. Entry fees apply for each entry.
Online Entry Submissions – Now accepting entries
Entry Deadlines and Pricing
(ALL DEADLINES 7 P.M. EST)
January 31, 2018
February 14, 2018
February 28, 2018
|IABC Member*||$115.04 + HST = $130||$146.02 + HST = $165||$176.11 + HST = $199|
|IABC Member Employed by a non-profit or charitable organization**||$97.35 + HST = $110||$97.35 + HST = $110||$97.35 + HST = $110|
|Non-member||$141.59 + HST = $160||$172.57 + HST = $195||$203.54 + HST = $230|
* Member must be a key contributor to the project submitted.
** Member must be employed by a not-for-profit, non-profit or charitable organization (excludes government agencies, public sector organizations and industry associations). Agencies or consultants entering a project implemented for a not-for-profit, non-profit or charitable organization client do not qualify for this reduced rate.
OVATION Winning Entries Booklets
IABC/Toronto members have FREE access to OVATION Winning Entries booklets for years 2005 to 2010, 2012 to 2015 and 2017. Non-members can purchase access to these booklets for $40 plus HST by calling IABC/Toronto’s office at 416-968-0264.
OVATION Awards Sponsorship
Please contact us IABC/Toronto’s office for sponsorship information.
Winners of an Award of Excellence will receive a one-of-a-kind OVATION statue, hand-crafted in glass by a Canadian artist. Winners of an Award of Merit will receive a decorative plaque. Please refer to the Call for Entries for judging and scoring information.
All OVATION winners will be recognized at the 2018 OVATION Awards Ceremony on May 23, 2018 and have their winning entry (or entries) included in IABC/Toronto’s 2018 OVATION Awards Winning Entries Booklet (with entrant’s permission).
In addition, winners will be included in marketing materials (news release, etc.), acknowledged through social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) and will also have permission to use IABC/Toronto’s official 2018 OVATION Award winning logo in their print and online marketing materials.
All 2018 OVATION Award of Excellence winners will be eligible to win The People’s Choice Award. There is no additional entry fee required for this award. The People’s Choice Award winner will be announced at the 2018 OVATION Awards Ceremony.
There is no limit to the number of awards that can be presented in each category. Entries do not compete against each other; rather, the individual entry is judged against an established scorecard.
Notification of Winners and Awards Ceremony
Mid-April 2018: All 2017 OVATION award entrants will receive a one-page evaluation with scores and brief comments from our judges for each entry submitted. The email will be sent to the person and email address listed as the main contact on the OVATION Awards online entry system. It is the responsibility of the entrant to follow up with the IABC/Toronto office if results have not been received by April 27, 2018.
May 23, 2018, Arcadian Court, Toronto: IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards Ceremony. Winners of the People’s Choice Award and other awards will be announced. Winners will be posted on the website toronto.iabc.com following the ceremony.
Awards of Distinction
These six awards celebrate exceptional OVATION winners. For each OVATION Award of Excellence won, a winner receives three points, and for each Award of Merit won, the winner receives one point. The company with the highest point total in its Awards of Distinction category wins the award. In the event of a tie, the total scores of each OVATION entry will be calculated and the entrant/organization with the highest average will be the winner.
All entrants are considered for one of the following Awards of Distinction:
- Boutique Agency of the Year (Five or fewer employees)
- Small Agency of the Year (Six to 20 employees)
- Mid-Size Agency of the Year (21 to 50 employees)
- Large Agency of the Year (51 or more employees)
- Corporate Communication Department of the Year
- Non-for-profit Communications Department of the Year