It’s down to the wire for entries, with the submission deadline tomorrow at midnight. If you’re still working away on your entry, here are seven top trophy tips to get a great result.
Here’s what the judges said!
- Make sure your submission stands out by using plain language and including visuals as well as words. Don’t just dump a lot of examples on the judges and assume we’ll get it. Rather carefully pick and choose examples and deliberately walk us through them — make the connections for us.
- Write for time-poor scanners who aren’t lawyers (this goes for all documents, but especially the technical ones!).
- Imagine you are in a room while the judges are reading out your entry and your comments, and everyone is looking at you.
- Even if you’re racing to meet the Awards deadline, make sure your entry and your comments are a joy to read. This is the ultimate evidence that you truly write for your reader.
- Push the envelope. Break down people’s assumptions of how your type of document or website ‘should’ look.
- (In the legal category), avoid legal jargon. If there’s a plain English equivalent that won’t jeopardize your legal rigour, use it!
- Really take your time to comment on your entry. If you explain what you’ve done and why you’ve done it, it helps me as a judge to get the bigger picture.
For more top trophy tips, check out our website, or watch our Q&A with Head Judge Simon Hertnon.
Entries close tomorrow night, so be quick and enter before they close!
All the best with your entry!
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