With the Nomination Period for ZEST 2019 open the ZEST Team thought it would be helpful if we shared some of our insights to writing a successful ZEST Nomination.
Stick to the Word Limit
The word limit is strictly policed for all ZEST nominations. To ensure that nominations don’t get an unfair advantage by exceeding the word limit, the judging panel will be instructed to stop reading a nomination after it exceeds the word limit.
As a result, it is crucial that you are succinct and concise with your nomination to ensure you answer the nomination questions in full while staying within the word limit. The alternative is exceeding the word limit and only partially being able to get your point across, which will result in a poor application.
Stand out from the crowd
With the judging panel expected to view over one hundred nominations for ZEST 2019 one of the keys to writing a successful nomination is capturing the judges’ attention. The ZEST Awards are highly competitive and the majority of its winners have been projects or individuals that stood out from the crowd.
A great way stand out is to emphasise how the nominee does things differently. Is the nominee the first project in the area of its kind? Is the nominee a community leader who has a reputation for thinking outside the box? Make sure you capture it in your nomination!
Make sure you answer the question
This might seem like obvious advice however each year there are a surprising amount of nominations which just don’t quite answer the questions satisfactorily.
After providing a brief description of the nominee, people will be required to articulate how the nominee meets the selection criteria of their ZEST Award Category and provide examples of the outcomes the nominee has achieved in their work with the community.
Get someone else to proof read your nomination
While nominations are not penalised for incorrect spelling or grammar, it is still important that your nomination is proof read before submitting. Proof reading can ensure that your nomination flows well and successfully addresses the nomination questions.
While some people may prefer to proof read the nomination themselves, an even better idea is to get a friend or colleague to proof read your nomination for you. A fresh set of eyes can tell you if they feel you have addressed questions satisfactorily, and provide you feedback to make your nomination even better.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Our team have seen a lot of nominations over the years and are happy to provide assistance if you are stuck.
While we can’t proof read your nomination, we can give you some tips on writing your nomination and share our experience of what has made nominations successful in the past. Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to have a chat.