The early deadline for PRSA/New York’s 2011 Big Apple Awards is set for Feb. 25.

The popular competition will be held on May 26 at the Historic Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel.

Categories include community relations, reputation & brand management, events & observances, public affairs, issues management, crisis communications and several others. A panel will judge entries on research, planning, execution and results and an award recipient from each category is eligible for “Best of the Best” honors.

Entry fee is $250 for members and $295 for non-members. Late entries will be accepted until March 11 with an additional fee of $75.

Application forms are at prsany.org. Harry Zlokower (harry [at] zlokower [dot] com) has details.