We've tried to make entering The David Awards as easy as possible. In order to give yourself the best chance possible, it's worth reading the tips below, which are based on feedback from the judges. Every year they see some stand-out entries, and others which they feel could have had much more of a chance. Here are some of their tips:
- You need to create an account before you can submit an entry. Once you have logged in, you will see a link on the left hand side of the page that says "Enter now!"
- Read the question and make sure you answer what is being asked.
- Include examples, numbers, concrete facts, proof of success. You do not have to disclose all your confidential information, but they are better able to judge your entry if you include some figures, graphs, results, etc. You may feel your "numbers" are small. The judges are not looking for "big numbers" but proof that you are operating a "real" business and that the successes you claim are genuine. Most businesses which enter are owner-operated and many have no staff. Don't be afraid you "won't stack up". Our judges are specifically briefed not to rank bigger businesses above smaller ones on the basis of turnover or size.
- Put all your important information into your entry. By all means, include attachments which illustrate your point, but make sure you reference them in your entry (e.g. "Our sales have trebbled in the past three years - see graph in attached document").
- Sing your own praises - and remember, other people may know nothing about your business so it pays to be explicit about what you do, why you think you deserve to win, and back it up with proof.
- Start early, so you have time to finish your entry, read it again, edit if necessary, and add to it if you want to. All entries remain editible until the closing deadline. Thereafter they can be viewed by entrants but not edited.
- Make sure you submit your entry! You will see you can save your entry without submitting it. This gives you the chance to polish it up and come back to edit it as often as you like, before deciding it is finished. Your People's Choice entry will also not show up in the voting list until you submit it. If you have submitted an entry and decide to change it, you can still do so right up to the entry deadline. By clicking the button to withdraw your submission, you are effectively putting it back into a draft state. When you have finished making the changes, please remember to click on the button to submit your entry again. Simply saving it does not resubmit it.