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Top ten tips for effective award entry writing
After writing several successful award entries recently, The Pack has pulled together its top ten tips for writing a winning submission to maximise your chances of being shortlisted.
- Start early – Give yourself plenty of time to put together a solid entry and gather as much information as possible.
- Read the criteria carefully – It is important to ensure that your entry meets and addresses all the criteria.
- Consider multiple categories – Take a look at the other categories you could enter, there’s nothing wrong with entering more than one.
- Don’t ignore the word count
– This is a big no-no as judges do check and will penalise!
- Take a step back – Before completing your entry, think carefully about the achievements you would like to highlight with your submission. Ask colleagues and clients to get as many ideas as possible and have a clear picture of what you will focus your entry.
- Keep it simple, yet specific – Ensure your entry is easy to understand, is clear, and concise. Specific facts and figures are better than being vague.
- Avoid too much technical jargon – The language used for an award entry should be straightforward as the judge might not have the specific knowledge that you have.
- Be honest – Don’t fabricate success, judges want to hear more about how you have addressed difficult situations and tackled these effectively, than winning.
- Have supporting information – Case studies, reports, graphs, financials and illustrative images will help the judges pick a winner from the shortlist.
- 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.
If you’re looking to enter an award but need some guidance, or even need someone to write the entry for you, call us on: 01325 486666