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Welcome to the 2021 National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards Entry Site

First Step:
Create an Account

First-time users should use the hyperlink on the right to set up your OpenWater account. If you are a PRSA NCC member, please note that the login credentials for this Awards portal are different from the login credentials for the national PRSA website (prsa.org). If you can't remember your OpenWater password, you have the option to reset it by selecting "lost password"



EARLY BIRD DEADLINE:  July 30, 2021 11:59pm EDT

REGULAR DEADLINE:  August 20, 2021 11:59pm EDT

To Get Started

1. If you are new to this system, create a new account here and complete the user profile if you do not already have an account.
2. If you have created your new account, or if you are a returning user or judge, log in with your email address and password.

3. If you have not already done so, please download and review the Call for Entries.
4. Start your entry.

You may save your work and return to this site as often as needed as long as you complete and submit all parts of the entry submission. 

You can edit your submission at any time as long as it is not in your shopping "cart." If you have already placed your application in the cart, simply click "remove" and then you can click on "edit" to access your submission. You do not have to finish one submission before you start another.

Need Guidance? 
Check out the video,"How to Submit and Win a PRSA NCC Award," recorded in 2017 when the awards were called the "Thoth Awards."

PRSA NCC also will host a "What Makes a Great ECA Entry" webinar in June. Details are forthcoming. 

Additional Questions?

2021 National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards Chair: Elizabeth Thiel Mather, APR, ethielmather@gmail.com

PRSA NCC Chapter Staff Support: info@prsancc.org

National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards Sponsorships: Myles Goldman, mylesgoldman.ma@gmail.com

About the National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards

The National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards is hosted by the Public Relations Society of America's National Capital Chapter (PRSA NCC) and recognizes the most outstanding, strategic communication programs and components developed and produced in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, including Baltimore and Richmond. Achievements are recognized in categories, including:

The PRSA NCC sponsors the local annual awards competition to recognize and reward outstanding achievement in public relations and to encourage continued excellence in the field.

Award winners will be announced at the annual National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards event on Nov. 4, 2021, with details for the event forthcoming. All winners will receive physical awards in addition to virtual recognition.

The National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards presents the highest achievement in a category. Only one award is given in each category. Judges reserve the right to declare no winners in a category if minimum qualifications are not met. 

Did you enter PRSA’s National Silver Anvil or Bronze Anvil Awards program?
If so, please note that the National Capital Excellence in Communication Award program and components category definitions and requirements follow the PRSA Silver and Bronze Anvil awards. By taking a little extra time to repurpose your Anvil entry for submission in this awards competition, you will maximize your chance of winning an award and gaining recognition for your organization and your outstanding work. In other words, one campaign or project can be submitted as a program AND as a component, which increases the chances of a winning entry.

All entries must be submitted digitally through our online award management software program. Hard copy entries are no longer accepted.