Top 10 tips for writing your entry
Here are our Top Ten Tips on how to write a winning submission and maximise your chances of being shortlisted.
- Start early –yourself plenty of time to put together a really solid entry. Don't leave it another month and be forced to rush something you would not be happy with – start now.
- Read criteria carefully - Each of our categories has specific guidelines and eligibility requirements. It is important that you ensure that your entry meets and addresses all the awards criteria. Some of our categories for 2012 have past winner’s submissions available to view, to give you an idea of what has been successful in the past.
- Read the questions - follow the format and answer each question in a consistent and logical manner. The questions will be framed in a rational order so that your answers will tell a story.
- Take a step back - Before completing your entry think carefully about the achievements you would like to highlight with your submission. Ask family, colleagues and employees to get as many ideas as possible and have a clear picture of what you will focus on in your entry.
- Keep it simple, yet specific - Ensure your entry is easy to explain concisely, but specific facts and figures are mentioned rather than vague, woolly statements that will raise more questions than answers. This information will provide judges with the evidence they need in order to make a decision.
- Avoid too much technical jargon - The language used for an award entry should be straightforward and unmistakable. The challenges, achievements and benefits that you highlight must be demonstrated in clear and articulate manner.
- Be honest - No individual, team or organisation is perfect, so do not shy away from explaining issues that may have arisen in your work. We want to hear about how you have addressed difficult situations and tackled these effectively.
- Have supporting information at the ready - For example, case studies, reports, graphs and financials etc. When choosing a winner from the shortlisted entries, the judges may ask candidates to provide further information in order to make a final decision (with the exception of Research Paper of the Year, where the paper is expected to be attached upon entry)
- Proof read your entry - Make sure your entry has been carefully checked for spelling mistakes and typos before submitting, so that the work looks as professional on paper as it does in practice.
- Save your submission – Keep your submission saved to your PC, you can always use this information to enter another of our categories for 2013 or even in next year’s awards.
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We hope that these tips are useful, but should you have any other queries about your entry, then please do not hesitate to contact the awards team, or visit our FAQ’s section on our website.
Good luck, we look forward to receiving your entry.
The Awards Project Team