The Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) recognizes outstanding work in the field of public relations through its annual Lantern Awards program.

The entries are judged on their individual merit by nationwide PR practitioners. The awards program offers three levels of recognition, including Certificates of Merit, Awards of Excellence and Lantern Awards. From those, the judges also select the Best of Show Award and up to two Judges’ Choice Awards.

Call for entries begins on May 18. The deadline for entries in the 2017 Lantern Awards program is July 19. Eligible entries must have been produced between May 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017. Winning entries will be announced at a banquet Sept. 26, 2017, during the SPRF conference (Sept. 24-27) in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Entries submitted prior to June 28, 2017, will be $55 per entry. Entries submitted between June 28 and July 19 will be $65 per entry. A professional member who submits and pays for three or more entries at one time will receive a $5 discount per entry ($50/$60). All student entries will be $20 per entry. There will be no additional extended deadline. All materials will be submitted via an online entry website only; NO binders will be accepted.

The Lantern Awards use an online awards management system.

  • Research = up to 500 words
  • Planning = up to 250 words
  • Implementation = up to 500 words
  • Evaluation = up to 250 words


Please note, winners will be notified on Aug. 28, 2017 or immediately thereafter. Any attending winners must book hotel accommodations by Aug. 25, 2017.

 Click here to access the award entry website, including categories, criteria and tips on how and why to enter. Members who recently entered either the Medallion or Prism Awards can enhance your Lantern entries by integrating judges' feedback and re-submitting those edited documents straight into the Lantern Awards entry database.

If you have questions, contact Ashly Fulmer, APR at


The most recent winners were announced during the SPRF conference Sept. 18-20, 2016, in Sandestin, Florida.

Click here to download step-by-step slides on how to enter the Lantern Awards.

Click here to view a news release, with a complete list of the 2016 winning entries.

Click here to view a news release, with a complete list of the 2015 winning entries.