Tips for Writing a Top Nomination

When you fill out the nomination form, there are a few things you should consider to ensure your nomination provides us with enough information about the achievements of the person you are nominating. The nominations that stand out aren’t always those that are the best written or have a long list of referees; the stand-out nominations are those that tell a story and capture the characteristics of an outstanding citizen or group making a difference to our community.

Here are some tips for writing a stand-out nomination:

  • Aim for quality, not quantity – a long nomination isn’t always a better nomination. Keep your sentences short and concise and avoid repetition.
  • Consider your audience – the committee is made up of everyday community members from all walks of life who may not be familiar with the nominee’s field of expertise, so avoid using jargon and acronyms.
  • Share the nominee’s story – strengthen your nomination by painting a picture of the nominee i.e. what motivates them? What personal challenges have they overcome? Why do they inspire others?
  • Tell the facts – support your nomination with facts and statistics such as measures of success.
  • Provide examples – don’t just make a statement, demonstrate it with examples. To help you get started here is an example of a stand-out Cultural Award nomination: