How to enter The MJ Awards

Entering is free & easy. Once you are ready to submit your entry online (guidelines for submissions is 2,000 words, except for Impact and Innovation in Children's Services which is 1,000 words) simply click on CATEGORIES and select the category you would like to enter then review the category overview and criteria. Then click Start your entry and fill out your details. 

To upload a nomination, simply choose your file in a pdf format (no larger than 2MB), find your file and attach your nomination. You can also include an optional 100 word summary to accompany your nomination within your submission, this is not included in your 2,000 word limit. That’s it!

Please note, you cannot go in and save your submission. Uploading your submission should only happen once you are ready to send it.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 30 April 2021.


The Judging process

All nominations will be shortlisted by a panel of at least 3 judges industry specific for that category, see the judges tab to see who. Judges have 4 weeks to agree on a shortlist of 6-8 local authorities plus any they would like to commend.

If you have been short listed you may be invited for a interview between March – May where you will be given the opportunity to give a 15 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute Q&A session. One winner and any highly commended are decided at this stage.


Rules and guidelines

Entries are welcome from all local authorities across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Applicants may enter more than one category.

Nominations can be made online and must be around 2,000 words, except for Impact and Learning in Children's Services which is 1,000 words to be considered by the judges. Entries can exceed or go below the word limit by around 10%. Each entry needs to describe the achievement and in particular support their entry with proof of its success and customer feedback.

A brief summary of up to 100 words can accompany each entry, please include this at the beginning of the nomination. You must adhere to your individual category criteria addressing each of the key evidence points that the judges are looking for. If you are including appendix, they must be no more than 500 words.


General criteria for submissions

The judges will be looking for the following from submissions:

Submissions should include descriptions of how the project or policy came into being, how it fits in with the overall strategy of the authority and how it has been shown to enhance service provision.

Please bear in mind that supporting documentation may not always be taken into consideration on top of the main submission at Stage 1.

Entering is free and can be made online at the CATEGORIES section.

The submissions closing date is 5:00pm on Friday 30 April 2021.