Thursday, November 13, 2014

Get in those Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Entries Soon

By Cheryl V. Chambers, Competitions Director

It really is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”  That song is stuck in my head, and I could not agree more.  What you may be thinking is, “Are you kidding?  We haven’t yet celebrated Thanksgiving.” 

Sorry to mislead you…it’s the time of year for entering the National Association of Government Communicators’ Blue Pencil and Gold Screen (BP&GS) competition.  (That song really is stuck in my head, though.) 

The awards competition is a terrific way to validate your work and compare it to what your peers are doing. Every entry receives written feedback from the judges who are fellow government communicators or subject matter experts in the award category.

Grant Kaiser, communication manager for Rocky View County in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and winner of last year’s Best in Show award, said, “[The awards program] helps bring credibility to the profession, and strengthens the case for the clear, open communication that I believe we all strive to provide citizens.  For my own organization, winning a NAGC award has been terrific for staff morale.  But most importantly, it has already helped me strengthen the idea that communicators belong at the table when decisions are made, and not just called in to ‘sell’ those decisions afterwards.”

In case you missed it, the National Association of Government Communicators hosted the Webinar, “How to Win a Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Award,” featuring former and current judges, and the multiple award-winning Fairfax (Va.) County Park Authority.  The Webinar is archived on NAGC’s website ( and highlights the DOs and Don’ts of entering NAGC’s highly-acclaimed competition.

The deadline for early submissions (Dec. 12) is fast approaching.  And don’t forget, it pays to enter early—who doesn’t love a discount for getting ahead of the game?  That holds true for becoming a member as well! (more discounts if you join NAGC).

With more than 40 categories and the chance to compete for “Best in Show,” the BP&GS Awards Competition, is truly a winner.  Check out the NAGC website or look for us on Facebook and LinkedIn for all the details and a chance to connect with other NAGC colleagues.  

Grab a “Call for Entries,” make your list and check it twice!  And with any luck, we’ll see you in next June in Memphis for “Blues, BBQs, and Government News.”

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