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Entry guidelines

Before starting your nominations, please carefully read the entry guidelines on this page.

Key dates for 2023

Open for entries: End of September
Extended ntry deadline: Midnight (ET) on Friday, December 8
Short-listed companies are contacted: January
Short lists announced publicly: Wednesday, February 28
Awards ceremony and winners revealed: Wednesday, March 27


Who can nominate and be nominated?
Investor relations officers and in-house investor relations teams at any publicly listed company domiciled in the US can be nominated.

Entries can be submitted directly by an individual or company nominating themselves, or by a vendor/service provider on behalf of a nominee.

There are no restrictions on the number of categories a company can be nominated for.

What are the categories?

Market cap definition

Full details of the category descriptions can be viewed by clicking here.

What are the entry requirements?
Entrants will be asked to complete three mandatory parts of the form and there will be an opportunity to add supporting documents, where relevant:

  1. Challenges and objectives* (150 words max): set the scene! Outline the reasons the individual/team should be considered in the category and a description of the relevant circumstances, objectives and timeframes.
  2. Strategy and implementation* (150 words max): a summary of the strategy adopted by the nominee and the activities they have undertaken.
  3. Results* (300 words max): why the outcome was a success, including details about the cost-effectiveness, impact on company, effect on share price, involvement of outside service providers and creativity of approach.
  4. Supporting materials: submit up to three supporting materials with your written entry, although this is not mandatory. Documents should be relevant to the nominated category and referred to within the previous sections.
    * Mandatory sections

Please note: all submissions must relate to work carried out in the period November 2022 – December 2023.


How much does it cost to enter?
For 2024, the awards are free to enter.

Can I start my entry online and finish it at a later date? 
Yes you can. Our nomination form allows submitters to save their entry as a draft and add to it at a later date.

Can I amend my entry once I have clicked submit?
No, entries cannot be amended once they have been submitted for the judge’s review.

What supporting documents are allowed? 
We can accept most file types via the nomination form. If you have any issues uploading a file, please email it to [email protected].

There is no limit or word count for supporting documents, but please avoid including superfluous documents if they are not relevant to the entry. Remember it is quality and relevance that matter.
How will my entry be judged?
The judging process is made up of three simple phases:

The judges’ votes are not made public, but their comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. Judges are not required to make comments against every submission.

Will my entry be shared with anyone else apart from the IR Magazine team and the judging panel?
Information from your entry (including any files you upload) may be made public after the awards to substantiate your nomination. If you do not wish for your entry to be shared in this way then you should mark it as confidential. There will be an opportunity to do this on the entry form.

When will I know if my entry has made the short list?
We will inform short-listed companies and individuals from January onwards.

I have a question that is not answered here. Who do I contact?
You can contact Lauren Wilson, head of event operations, by email at [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 5339.

I have all of the information I need. How do I start my entry?
Click here to go to the entry form and follow the instructions to start the process.

Good luck!