The Blacksmith Awards, presented by the Cincinnati chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, honor the best of Greater Cincinnati’s public relations community, from talented, experienced practitioners to stellar work that has local, national and international impact.

2017 Blacksmith Awards


We’ve hit ‘refresh’ on the Blacksmiths, and we’ve come back with what we believe is a stronger and more prestigious contest, with new categories, new award levels, and a new platform that will make entering and judging contests easier!

You'll be getting the 2017 Call for Entries soon, but here are some sneak peak details:


The Blacksmiths are now on the omniCONTESTS platform, which several other PRSA chapters have also adopted in the last year. The contest will be easier to enter, to judge and to administer.


We have adopted the national PRSA Bronze (tactic) and Silver Anvil (campaign) awards categories and language. Aligning with the national awards will make it easier to enter your award-winning Blacksmith to the Silver and Bronze Anvils. In these categories, we also added a PRSSA campaign award and PRSSA tactic award.

We have also refined the professional categories including the addition of PRSSA Student of the Year categories for each PRSSA Greater Cincinnati chapter: University of Cincinnati, Miami, Xavier and Northern Kentucky.


We have early, regular and late deadlines. The contest fees reflect that.


We have reduced award levels to two - Blacksmith and Awards of Excellence.

Stay tuned! More details will be coming soon. In the meantime, save the date for our award ceremony, which will take place the evening of Thursday, November 16 at The Center in downtown Cincinnati.

Past Winners:

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009