Lamplighter Awards

Recognize outstanding healthcare marketing and public relations.

With more than 60 major awards and hundreds of entries each year, the Lamplighter Awards truly recognizes the best of the best.

Those who earn an award, or the coveted Best in New England Lamp, can count themselves among the region’s best public relations and marketing professionals.

2020 Lamplighter Awards



The competition is open to all public relations and marketing professionals employed by New England healthcare institutions, health plans and agencies. Eligible entries must have been produced and/or completed – including measured results – between October 1, 2018 and January 31, 2020.

Deadlines & Pricing

Early Bird Deadline Monday, January 27 at 11:59 p.m.
Members: $85 Non-Members: $115

Deadline Friday, February 7 at 11:59 p.m.
Members: $110 Non-Members: $140

Final Deadline Monday, February 10 at 11:59 p.m. 

Members: $135 Non-Members: $165

The competition will close on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm with no exceptions. All entries must be completed electronically through the NESHCo Lamplighters system by that time. 

Produced In House vs. Agency Produced

The major distinction between in-house and agency-produced entries is where the creative direction for an entry resides. 

When an advertising, design or PR agency is hired/directed by a client to create and produce a brochure, publication, ad or campaign, and the agency is responsible for the creative concept and execution, the entry should be considered AGENCY-PRODUCED. 

If a hospital marketing or PR staff member or team conceptualizes a brochure, ad or campaign, creates its content and coordinates its production/execution (even if freelance copywriters, freelance graphic designers, printers and/or mailing houses are hired to execute portions of it), this type of entry is considered PRODUCED IN-HOUSE. 


Each entry is reviewed by two judges who reside outside of New England and who are acknowledged leaders within their field.  The same two judges will complete the entire category. Judges are assigned categories based on their professional experience and expertise.

A separate group of five senior-level judges will determine the winner of the Best In New England.

The Best in New England Award Recognizes the outstanding achievement of a well-planned, exceptionally executed entry. The recipient is selected annually from the top scorers of the NESHCo Lamplighter Awards. The five top-scoring GOLD entries in this year’s contest will re-evaluated by a five-person panel of senior-level judges who determine which entry deserves the recognition as the Best in New England. *The five top-scoring GOLD entries are automatically entered. *There is no additional cost for this category. 

Owen J. McNamara Excellence in Writing Award 

The McNamara Award is a "best-of-the-best" recognition for writing. The recipient is selected annually from the winners of the NESHCo Lamplighter Awards writing competitions. The award is a tribute to the late Owen J. McNamara, a NESHCo member who, in his career as a newspaper reporter and editor, senior public affairs manager at Boston University's medical center and author, set the standard for clear, concise yet elegant writing that recognized the audience and context. McNamara also served as a writing mentor to several generations of NESHCo members. *All award winners in the writing categories are automatically entered. *There is no additional cost for this category. 


Entries that do not include the required information will be disqualified without notification. 


Member vs. Non-Member

NESHCo reserves the right to bill any non-member who paid the member rate. If you are questioning your membership status, please contact us at 978-250-9847 or  

Payment is expected at the time of entry. Online, secure credit card processing is available and you may pay for all your entries in one payment. 

NESHCo does accept checks, mailed with your summary of entries email receipt within two weeks of the deadline date. If checks are not received, it may result in disqualification. Please print your invoice at the completion of your entry processing.

Entries become the property of NESHCo and will not be returned.

2020 Call for Entries / Categories

Download a digital guide containing all the rules, regulations, categories pricing and deadline info.

Award Force User Guide

 A step-by-step guide to how to use the on-line Lamplighter Entry platform, Award Force. .

Special Webinar: How To Make Your Lamplighter Entry Shine

Presented by Vanessa Stafford, Dan Dunlop, Susan McDonald, and Lauren Becker.

Register for Thursday, January 30, 2020.

2019 Lamp Winner Book

Download a digital copy featuring our Lamplighter Award winners.

2019 Lamp Gallery

Check out the 2019 Lamplighter Award winners! Search by category or organization.