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.

We also have hints and tips from the judges of the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize.

Vanessa Gardos
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