Tips for Preparing Award Nominations

Binders

Whereas we all agree that content is more important than aesthetics, presenting your nomination in a neat, organized package makes it easier for the Awards Committee members to evaluate the information in the package. We suggest that you organize all material in one or two three-ring binders, with a table of contents and, if possible, labeled dividers.

Supporting Materials

When a nomination calls for a substantial amount of supporting material (e.g., books, manuscripts, videos, etc.), we suggest you reduce that material to a manageable quantity by including just the highlights—photocopied chapters from books, relevant pages of manuscripts, a montage of video clips, etc.—and, where possible, put the material in binders.

Hierarchical Organization

Similarly, when a nomination calls for a substantial amount of supporting material, it would be helpful if that material were presented in a hierarchical order, with the most impressive items highlighted first, and less important items subordinate to those.

Letters of Support

Letters of support should be current. Letters that are two or three years old carry less weight than those that are written specifically for the current nomination.

Self-Nominations

While self-nominations are accepted in all of the awards, it is the general feeling of the committee that self-nominations are not as strong as nominations by another party. If the committee were to judge all other criteria equal in two nominations, the one nominated by another party would probably be looked on more favorably.