Top tips

This is your chance to tell your story. All good stories have a structure so remember to structure your entry along the following lines:

  • Beginning: Provide the judges with information to set the scene of the challenge you were trying to overcome or the reasons for your initiative
  • Middle: Explain the benefits and outcomes of your initiative. How have you driven change and provide evidence, examples and testimonials to back up your statements
  • End: What makes your entry stand out?

To ensure that your submission is your best work, take a look at our hints and tips below before you start your entry:

  • Make a note of the deadline: make sure you have this date in mind – write it in your diary or on your calendar, or set notifications on your phone to ensure you don't miss the chance to enter
  • Preparation is key: now that you know the deadline, allow yourself plenty of time to write, develop and submit your entry – coming back to it with a fresh pair of eyes can help you remember important details that may make the difference between being shortlisted and just missing out
  • Make the judges' job easy: write in clear, plain English, avoid too much jargon and use bullet points where appropriate to break up the text
  • Pay attention to grammar and spelling: poorly presented entries lack credibility so don't lose out on being shortlisted on something you could have easily avoided
  • Involve the right people: involve your project teams or key stakeholders – they will often see the great work you do that you might overlook
  • Back up your entry: take advantage of the option to attach documents to support your entry with useful information that will help the judges to understand the impact of your work
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread: ask someone else, such as a colleague, friend or manager, to look through your entry before you submit. It can be helpful to ask someone who was not directly involved in your initiative – like the judges they will not have detailed knowledge so they may suggest ways to clarify your entry