Outstanding Article in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly


The award for Outstanding Article in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly is awarded annually to an article that meets the criteria described below. The award recipients receive a plaque, a one-year full membership in the Association, and a monetary award of $500 USD contributed by Board-approved sponsor(s). By existing agreement, the Association for Business Communication permits the sponsors to publicize the names of the awardees in advertising.

The award is sponsored by textbook authors Mary Ellen Guffey and Dana Loewy.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible articles must meet the following criteria:

  1. Contributes significantly to scholarship, research, and/or pedagogy.
  2. Demonstrates originality of thought and careful investigation.
  3. Is well written, lucid, and engaging
  4. Is published in hard copy or OnlineFirst in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly in the calendar year preceding the annual conference at which the award is presented.

Authors are not eligible to receive this award two years in a row.  Publications may not be nominated more than once.


The ABC Publications Board selects the recipient of the awards.

Entries may be submitted by the author(s) or by a nominator to the Publication Board chair. When submitting your nomination, please include complete publication information, a copy of the article, and a one or two paragraph rationale for the nomination.

Note: If a BPCQ article has been nominated for the Distinguished Publication Award and does not win that award, it will automatically be considered for the Outstanding Article in BPCQ Award.

Nomination letters must be received by the ABC Publications Board chair by June 15.

Publication Board Chair:
Jason Snyder



The award winner will be notified approximately 90 days before the annual conference.

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