Writing an Award-Winning Entry

We won! You can too! Read our secrets.

Red Velvet Events is delighted to announce that we received the prestigious Best Creative Solution Award at the 2012 International Special Events Society (ISES) Esprit Awards! Our application was selected by a team of our peers from an international pool of applicants, making this award particularly special for us. We’re honored to be a part of such a talented group of event professionals.

There is no formula for writing an award-winning entry; but after winning three ISES Esprit Awards during our 10-year history – as well as several awards from local chapters of event planning organizations – we wanted to take a moment and share just a few of our tried and true secrets.

Plan Ahead.

Don’t leave your application to the last minute! Write outlines and drafts before submitting the final application. Give yourself time to review and re-review your work.

Be an Early Bird.

Anything could go wrong: a computer crash, delayed mail or website problems, to name just a few potential issues. Consider submitting your application a few days early if it’s an electronic submission. That way, you can dodge potential technology snafus.

Avoid Jargon.

Of course you will need to use some industry terms here and there; but watch for too much insider lingo, even if your application is being judged by your peers. It should make complete sense to an outside source. And speaking of outside sources…

Get an Outside Perspective.

Have more than one employee review the application for clarity, and to check for jargon or typos. In addition, you might want to hire a copy editor to give your application a once-over; just be mindful that a good freelance copy editor can command a pretty hefty fee.

Good Luck!

We wish you the very best of luck with your future award applications!