Judging panels are all the rage at the moment on TV and you can’t move for people wanting to meet the judges and spending column inches debating their thoughts and outfits.

The comms industry is no different and this year the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is calling for entries for the CIPR Excellence Awards 2012 – with a slightly different twist. If you’re thinking of entering the awards, help is at hand as the CIPR is running two free ‘Meet the Judges’ events in London on 1 and 7 February at 5pm.

They aren’t promising Simon Cowell or Tulisa, but the judges will be offering guidance on making a submission and outlining common entry pitfalls that you can avoid. You will also hear from a previous winner with their top tips for success. Places are being offered on a first come, first served basis.

So if you’re thinking about entering and would like some help, book now to save your space. The location is 52-53 Russell Square, London, WC1 4HP.

The Excellence Awards closing date is 27 February, with late entries accepted until 5 March.  There are 28 Excellence award categories in total, grouped into four distinct areas: campaign, special, team and individual. See the CIPR website for more information and  a video showing last year’s top tips. Best of luck if you enter the awards.

Post author: Rachel Miller