Judges' tips (Eureka Prizes)

Tips for creating the perfect entry. 

Our judges are expert representatives from a variety of disciplines and work in universities, schools, media, research institutes, industry, science centres and government departments.

We asked the judges what they are looking for in a winning entry. This is what they suggest:

  • Think clearly about which prize is most appropriate for your work.
  • Before you apply, ask yourself is your work timely, novel and paradigm shifting.
  • Stick to the page limits - judges will only consider what has been provided within the parameters.
  • Ensure you provide all documentation requested in the 'How to Enter' section of the prize you are entering.
  • Assessor reports are critical, so organise them early.
  • Select your Assessors carefully and use people of recognised standing.
  • Talk with your Assessors and encourage them to interpret the judging criteria in their two-page report.
  • Take careful note of the judging criteria and align your submission to these criteria.
  • Keep your reports brief, explicit and focused on the judging criteria.
  • Ask a critical friend or colleague to review your application.
  • Avoid hype. The judges not only see through it, some dislike it.
  • Be concise. We realise you have a lot you want to say, however work out which of the detail is essential and think carefully about including the rest.
  • Communicate as though your audience are not experts in your field.
  • Avoid jargon, acronyms and abbreviations. Don't assume judges will know what they mean.

Kea Lambert , Project Officer, Eureka Prizes
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