What is The Drum?

The Drum is Europe’s largest media and marketing website and the fastest growing in the US and APAC.  Each month we attract over 1.4 million unique users and have over 200,000 social followers.

Our role is to help our readers to make informed decisions and by showcasing effective PR executions, we can promote the people and businesses behind the best work.  We want to get you noticed by potential partners.

Our global positioning means that we are constantly being approached to media partner major events and we work with the likes of Cannes, SXSW, DMexco, CES, New York Festivals, Advertising Week, Clio Awards, etc.


PR is a very misunderstood discipline, and these awards will remind the world at large of the importance PR plays in helping drive business success.

The Drum is well placed to help make our winners famous and we will be doing that by publishing shortlisted case studies, with the entrants permission, to our global audience. We will be using thedrum.com and our social assets. For the cost of one entry price, you could secure global amplification and profile.

Anyone can enter, whether you are an individual, agency, brand or organisation.

Who can enter?

Anyone can enter, whether you are an individual, agency, brand or organisation producing effective PR executions.  The awards are global, so there really are no barriers to enter.

Why enter?


Picking up an award proves that all the hard work was worth it. It gives your team the energy to keep pushing boundaries and raising standards.

Client relationships

It's good to remind your clients why they work with you from time to time. Having the work you've done for them recognised by the industry is powerful stuff. Even more so if you bring them along to the awards night to pick up the trophy with you.


If you pick up awards, it also picks up the interest of new talent. You can expect smart people to be knocking at your door to see if you have a desk for them.

New business

Good clients who are after good work keep an eye out for the good businesses who are winning awards. A few extra trophies can give you a real advantage when you're hunting for new business.


There's no better way of getting publicity than for being excellent. The Drum will cover all of the shortlisted work on thedrum.com. With over 1 million unique visitors and over 200,000 social followers, that’s no small deal. And we recommend that you use an award win for further PR opportunities too (but we don't need to tell the PR industry that!). If you achieve something this special, you really should make a noise about it.​

Knees up

Then, of course, there's the awards show. And our awards shows are legendary. They're a great opportunity to reward your staff, pamper your clients and let your hair down.

Key dates

Put these in your diary right away...

Early bird deadline: 9 May 2019
Official deadline: 13 June 2019
Final deadline: 10 July 2019 - includes a 10% late fee

Nominations day: 7 August 2019 at 3pm 

Awards Ceremony: Tuesday 17 September 2019 

How much does it cost to enter?

Early bird - First entry - £175 + VAT

Early bird - Additional entries - £122 + VAT


Standard - First entry - £210 + VAT 

Standard - Additional entries - £146.50 + VAT

  • You may enter as many categories as you like, however each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each.
  • In order to get the discounted rate for any additional entries, please ensure you enter them all at once.
  • If you are a member of The Drum Network, you will receive 10% off your entries, and if you are a charity you will receive 40% off your entries.

How will my entry be judged?

Regardless of budget, size of the project or scale of the resource, entries will be judged objectively in their own merit.  It's a fair playing field for the large and small projects.

After the entry deadline, the judging panel will be given access to read your submission and view your images, videos and links. The jury will be looking for evidence of:

•  Clear strategic thinking using research and insights

• Creativity and Innovation

• Tangible results and outcomes

• Proof of effectiveness and organisational impact

• Measurement

After the panel have carried out their pre-judging, they will meet in July to discuss the entries and decide on the finalists, commendations and award winners.

Entry tips

•  Give each entry a unique title to grab the judges' interest - try to avoid generic names.

• When writing your report, don’t assume the judges have seen the work or campaign. Give clear concise answers on the brief, objectives and results. Figures should include the starting point and any increases in numeric terms, not just in percentages.

• Only use additional password protection if it’s absolutely necessary.

• Please include usernames and passwords, if required, for the judging; i.e. a private YouTube video and make sure the links work.

Download your entry templates

Below you will find all entry templates you will need, please use the category specific templates (if applicable) however if your category does not state to use any particular template please use the standard form.

The Drum PR Awards (Standard) - Download
Agency or Team Categories - Download
Corporate Social Responsibility - Download
Data and Insights - Download
Long Running and Retained PR Account - Download
Most Effective Use of Measurement - Download
Most Effective Use of Technology - Download
Rising Star - Download

The Awards Ceremony

Tickets for our Awards Ceremony will be on sale soon.

Date: Tuesday 17 September 2019 
Venue: The Marriott Hotel, Grovesnor Square, London
Time: 6.45pm​

Single Seat: £245
Table of 10: £2250
Table of 12: £2590
Elite Table of 10: £2800
Elite Table of 12: £3240