Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards

Submit Your Work

Are you committed to raising awareness of public power? Are you doing exceptional work in telling the public power story in your community? Do your communications have significant impact?

Tell us about it. Share your best communications through the American Public Power Association’s Excellence in Public Power Communications awards program. Showcase your work, inspire your colleagues, and earn national recognition.

This year's submission window is now open.



Any Association member utility, state/regional association, or joint action agency can enter.


All entries must be received at the Association office by Friday, August 11, 2017.


$35 per submission, paid online at the Association’s online Product Store. Be sure to pay for the total number of entries you are submitting. Entries will not be considered until payment is received. Please note: if you choose the “bill me later” option when submitting your entry fee, there is an additional $10 surcharge per entry.



Each entry must include:

  1. A completed entry form. List the total number of entries you are submitting.
  2. Five identical samples, if submitting a print piece.*
  3. A summary of no more than 400 words (attach a Word doc) describing the objectives, audience, team, budget, and results/impact of your piece, with relevant hyperlinks and screenshots. Note: If submitting in more than one category, please complete a separate summary for each entry.
  4. Payment confirmation number along with all entries and attachments.

After completing the entry form and payment, all entry materials and written summaries MUST be emailed to Communications@PublicPower.org.

* If you’re submitting a print piece, email us your entry form and payment confirmation, and also MAIL five clearly labeled identical samples to:

American Public Power Association
Attn: Communications Awards
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 202/467-2900

All entries become the property of the Association and will not be returned. The Association reserves the right to share entries (with due attribution) in whole or part, on its news, web, and social media channels.



An outside panel of communications experts will judge the entries, and determine award winners in each class and category, as warranted. Winners will be notified by October 4. Winners will be recognized at the Association’s 2017 Customer Connections Conference, November 5-8, 2017 in Sacramento, California. Winning video submissions will be shown during a conference reception.

Note: The panel of volunteer judges will review every submission but will not score and critique every submitted entry. We are not able to provide individual feedback on each submission.


Entries will be judged in four classes based on your organization’s gross annual revenues

  • Class A – gross revenues of $400 million or more
  • Class B – gross revenues of $200 million-$399,999,999
  • Class C – gross revenues of $75 million-$199,999,999
  • Class D – gross revenues of less than $75 million


1. Web and Social Media

This category includes corporate, program, and campaign websites as well as regular activity and campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, podcasts, etc.

  • Well designed, visually engaging, creative
  • Aligned with organization’s core brand and missionCustomer-friendly, sharing useful resources and information
  • Relevant, engaging, action–oriented content — text, visuals, multimedia  Accessible to people with disabilities
  • Innovative, creative, useful campaigns
  • Rich use of multimedia — infographics, memes, photos, videos, audio, etc.
  • Wide reach and engagement
  • Websites feature intuitive, well-organized navigation with robust search
  • Websites are responsive for mobile devices, compatible with major browsers, search engine friendly

 2. Video

No longer than a total of 3 minutes total, in-house and outsourced videos

  • Relevant and useful
  • Creative, engaging, memorable
  • Tailored to the audience
  • Widely viewed and shared

Bonus points for in-house production!

 3. Print and Digital

Newsletters, bill stuffers, annual reports, advertisements, program/product marketing materials, digital reports, digital marketing

  • Well designed, visually engaging, creative
  • Aligned with organization’s core brand and mission
  • Customer-friendly, sharing useful resources and information
  • Relevant, engaging, action-oriented content — text and graphics

Questions? Need help?

Call 202.467.2958, or email Communications@PublicPower.org.



2016 Video Submissions

2016 Winners


2015 Video Submissions

Previous winners, including from the former Annual Report Contest:

View the list of previous award recipients