How to write an award-winning entry
- 13 Apr 2023
- Christina McLean
Top 5 tips for entering the IPSE Freelancer Awards
For as long as we have hosted the IPSE Freelancer Awards, we’ve always asked the winners and finalists the same question: What would you say to someone considering entering the awards?
And their answers are always the same: Just go for it.
Applying for an award might feel like one extra thing to add to a never-ending to-do list, but beyond the prospect of a potential accolade for you and your business, it can also simply be an important exercise in reflecting on your business.
With four new categories included in this year’s awards, there are more opportunities than ever to win. To give yourself the best chance of impressing the judges and securing a spot as a finalist, be sure to read our top five tips for entering the IPSE Freelancer Awards below.
Don’t leave your entry to the last minute. The deadline to enter is 5pm on Friday 12 May. Once you have started your entry, you can always go back and add to or edit it before the deadline, so if you would prefer to work away at it bit by bit you do have the option!
Keep it simple
Focus on what the judges are actually asking for in the judging criteria. Always write in plain English with no unexplained acronyms or jargon. Make sure the entry is succinct, clear and easy to understand.
Get the judges’ attention
Remember that judges will be reading a large number of entries, so you will want to ensure your entry memorable. Make sure your entry is passionate, tells an interesting story and is backed up with statistics and evidence.
Submit supplementary information
Take the opportunity to attach testimonials or a couple of case studies – the option is there to submit supplementary information to strengthen your entry, so make use of it.
Check it over
Or even better, get someone else to check it for you as a fresh pair of eyes. Sloppy spelling, grammar and typos may give the judges the impression that you have not put enough effort into the entry process.
Visit freelancerawards.co.uk to learn more about all 12 categories, including the 4 new categories this year: Social Influencer Award, Equality and Diversity Award, IPSE Member of the Year Award, and the grand finale…the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Don’t forget, you can enter as many categories as you are eligible for, and it is completely free to enter. The deadline to enter is 5pm on Friday 12 May.
2019 Freelancer of the Year Rachel Mason shares what the Awards meant for her, and why impostor syndrome should never hold back talented freelancers.
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