Call for Entries

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Pittsburgh’s Biggest Night in Public Relations is Going Virtual January 28

Call for entries for the upcoming 2021 Renaissance Awards are now open!

Each year, the Renaissance Awards honor local organizations, agencies and businesses as well as communicators for their innovative work across all aspects of public relations and marketing communications. 2020 has required communications professionals to be at their best, and we want to highlight all of the hard work and creativity you and your teams have spent countless hours working on. Showcase your work at the PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards!

Public relations, marketing and communications professionals in the Pittsburgh area are invited to submit their most innovative and creative projects/programs for our annual Renaissance Awards.

The Renaissance Awards are open to anyone—from agencies to non-profits, as well as non-PRSA members. If the work took place in our region, we want to recognize your efforts!

Stay tuned for more information and details about this year’s virtual Renaissance Awards event.

You might notice a few differences with this year’s entry process:

PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards Submission Process

  • How To Enter

    We’ve streamlined our entry process to make it easier for you to make your submission! You will continue to email your submission material to, but will complete your entry form right on the PRSA Pittsburgh website. We hope this new process will eliminate the amount of documents you have to manage and simplify the process for everyone. See the Category List and Entry Form below.

    1. From the list below, complete one entry form. You may submit the same program/project for more than one category, but each must have its own entry.
    2. Send a 1-2 page summary document of your program to describing how your entry fulfills the judging criteria (see “Judging and Criteria” below). Include the title of the program and the budget at the top of the summary.
    3. Along with your summary document, provide 1-5 campaign assets that best represent the campaign or tactic. Incorporate media coverage, reports, letters, photos and sample materials used in the program.
    4. Enter your submission material to You will receive a confirmation of received assets within 48 hours.
    5. Submit payments at the bottom of this page under “Payments”
  • Judging and Criteria

    An impartial panel of judges from the PRSA Colorado Chapter will judge all Renaissance Awards entries. Judges reserve the right to reassign entries to a more appropriate category if warranted. No awards will be given in categories where judges determine that the entries do not merit them.

    Each entry must be a public relations program or project for which the majority of the work was completed between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020. Entrants may submit as many entries as they wish. Judges will evaluate campaigns and tactics based on a concise summary, which should include the areas listed below.

    Campaign Entry Format 

    10% Situation Analysis / Research

    • Describe the situation and audience

     30% Implementation / Execution

    • Describe how the plans were executed and all tactics. Quality of work, creativity and budget

    30% Planning

    • Including research, goals / objectives / strategies, planning process

    30% Evaluation

    • Overall success of the program, including metrics and method of evaluation

    Tactics Entry Form

    30% Planning / Content

    • Objectives and target audience, including research

    25% Technical Excellence

    • Quality of design, writing and other communications elements

    15% Creativity

    • Unique messages, materials, technology

    30% Results

    • Overall success of the program, including metrics and method of evaluation
  • PRSA Pittsburgh Black Excellence Award

    In its inaugural year, this scholarship is intended to assist and recognize young Black men and women for outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the practice of public relations, and commitment to the city of Pittsburgh. Sponsored by Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW), PRSA Pittsburgh will award a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to a new graduate who is of African-American/Black ancestry and working in the PR, marketing or communications field in the region.

    Entry details and more information can be found in the form below. PRSA Pittsburgh’s Diversity & Inclusion committee will serve as judges for this award.

    All application materials must be submitted to

  • Deadlines and Fees

    Entries Open: Thursday, October 22, 2020
    Entry Timeline: October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020

    Early Bird Deadline: Wednesday, November 18

    PRSA Members $40               Non-Members: $50                 Non-Profits: $40

    PRSSA Members: $20            Non-Member Student: $30

    Extended Entries Deadline: Friday, December 11

    PRSA Members: $80              Non-Members: $90                 Non-Profits: $80

    PRSSA Members: $50            Non-Member Student: $60

Entry Forms | Black Excellence Award | Payments

Find everything you need to submit below!


Early Bird NonProf/Members

Early Bird Non-Members

Regular NonProf/Members

Regular Non-Members


If you have any questions about the event or if you’re interested in sponsoring the awards, please email event co-chairs Alex Oltmanns and Morgan McCoy at