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 14. 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 July 7, 2017, will be $55 per entry. Entries submitted between July 7 and July 18 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.

*Winners will be notified on Sept. 5, 2017 or immediately thereafter.

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


Click here to access the award entry website, including categories, criteria and tips on how and why to enter.


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.