Award Nominations

How to write a good nomination

Before you consider submitting your nomination, you will want to make sure that you give your nominee the best possible chance of being selected for an award.  Please read below for our top tips on how to write a good and persuasive nomination.

What to include

As every nomination is different, there is no right or wrong way to write a nomination.  Your nomination does not have to be a particular length but it should tell the story of what your nominee has accomplished and why they should be recognised for their achievement(s).  You can do this in the following ways:

  • Your nomination should provide written evidence of what the nominee has achieved and how they have made things better for others.
  • Be sure to give specific examples of those achievements such as how your nominee has been able to support those they are trying to help and how they have shown innovation in making a lasting impact.
  • Your nomination should describe in as much detail as possible the difference their contribution has made through determination and hard work perhaps in difficult circumstances.
  • It would help if you are able to answer the following questions about your nominee:
  • What is the difference between how things were previously and how they are now?
  • What makes your nominee stand out from others?
  • If you can, show how your candidate has earned the respect of their peers and why their achievement(s) is important.


Supporting documentation such as letters or testimonials from those who know or have worked alongside the nominee will strengthen your nomination.  It doesn’t matter who the supporters are but they should be able to talk about the nominee from first-hand experience.  You can provide as many testimonials or letters of support as you want.


You should avoid listing your nominee’s educational achievements or list of job responsibilities.  This would confirm to the nomination committee that the nominee is simply ‘doing their job’.  Instead, your nomination should describe what is special about the person’s achievements.

There are many hard working and exemplary individuals in the maritime charity sector and we hope our top tips will inspire you to write a great nomination for a deserving candidate for MNWB’s Annual Awards.  If you have any questions, please contact  Thank you and good luck!