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