Top tips on writing a winning entry to the TJ Awards 2020
Debbie Carter offers some tips on submitting an outstanding awards' application
The TJ Awards 2020 are a great way to benchmark your best work but for many applying seems daunting. Writing a clear, engaging application is all about thinking about the process, doing some research and allowing sufficient time for feedback before the nomination is finalised.
Once you’ve decided to take the plunge and try for a TJ Award this year and know which programme or the initiative you want to enter, go to the TJ Awards website and register your nomination. You can enter your select programme into three categories so long as they meet the criteria and this is highly recommended as this cross application process will greatly increase your chances of being shortlisted or winning a Gold, Silver or Bronze prize in December.
At this point look at the online application carefully, it’s been simplified this year into just three sections: context; strategy and implementation; and finally results. The total word count must not exceed 1000 words and each section has a limit too so note those. The criteria for each category are also on each application -- again note these.
Once you have the information write your submission in Word using the sections as sub-headings, be sure to show that you meet the criteria in what you write - it is a tight word count but you must look for your strongest evidence to demonstrate you meet the requirements.
Use the Word document to ‘tell’ the story of your initiative as this makes it a more compelling and focused entry for the judges. Avoid jargon and language that outsiders may not understand -- once you’ve completed the submission in Word get someone outside your department and if possible outside the business to ensure it makes sense. Once you are happy with the submission cut and paste the three sections into the online form. You are now ready to submit the nomination formally. However it is possible to change or add to your nomination right up to the deadline on 12 June.
To support entrants the TJ Awards webinars have been featuring experts in awards writing, past winners and judges providing valuable insights into the TJ Awards’ process. Recordings of the last two are online at www.trainingjournal.com/webinars-recordings and if you have questions that need answering email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will get back to you.
Good luck with your application for the TJ Awards 2020!