Submissions Top Tips

Top Tips

Here are our Top Tips on how to write a winning submission and maximise your chances of being shortlisted.

Submissions for The BMJ Awards 2021 have been extended until midnight Monday 21 June 2021. 

Tip 1

Start early

Give yourself plenty of time to put together a really solid entry. Don’t leave it another month and be forced to rush something you would not be happy with – start now.

Tip 2

Answer the questions

Follow the format and answer each question in a consistent and logical manner. The questions will be framed in a rational order so that your answers will tell a story.

Tip 3

Take a step back

Before completing your entry think carefully about the achievements you would like to highlight with your submission. Ask family, colleagues and employees to get as many ideas as possible and have a clear picture of what you will focus on in your entry.

Tip 4

Keep it simple, yet specific

Ensure your entry is easy to explain concisely, but specific facts and figures are mentioned rather than vague, woolly statements that will raise more questions than answers. This information will provide judges with the evidence they need in order to make a decision.

Tip 5

Avoid too much technical jargon

The language used for an award entry should be straightforward and unmistakable. The challenges, achievements and benefits that you highlight must be demonstrated in clear and articulate manner.

Tip 6

Be honest

No individual, team or organisation is perfect, so do not shy away from explaining issues that may have arisen in your work. We want to hear about how you have addressed difficult situations and tackled these effectively.

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