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How to put together a winning entry for the Prolific North Champions Awards 2023

Prolific North Champions Awards

As the countdown is now on for the return of Prolific North Champions Awards, we’ve put together some handy tips to help you put together those all important submissions.

Now entering its 10th year, the awards celebrate the remarkable talent and ingenuity from the North’s tech, digital, media and creative sectors. More importantly, they are an opportunity to showcase your work and reach new audiences. Winners will also join a prestigious group of alumni who have gone on to achieve incredible things.

“Winning awards like Prolific North in our own backyard is, and will always be, the most important gauge of our success,” said Simon Lewis, CEO at production company The Gate Films.

To be in with the chance of taking home one of the coveted awards on the night, here’s our round-up with all the key dates and information you need to know. You’ve still got plenty of time before the entry deadline closes on 10th March.

What are the entry requirements and how much does it cost?

Depending on what category you choose to enter, there are varying requirements. You can check out each category and what you need to enter here.

The judges will be on the hunt for stand-out submissions that can demonstrate powerful results or ambition, whether that might be from a project, a team, organisation or individual. If you think you should win, make sure you tell the judges how and why you deserve to take home that trophy on the night.

We know that budgets are tighter than ever, that’s why we’ve committed to ensuring that our entry fees remain the same for 2023. The fee for each category is £200+VAT and with any three paid-for entries you can submit an additional entry at no extra cost. To qualify for this discount, make sure you submit all four entries within the same session so the discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

For our free-to-enter categories, please use the discount code CHAMPION23 when submitting your entry on our portal here.

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How do I find the right category?

There are plenty of categories to choose from this year – are you an innovative tech company, a budding journalist, or maybe an agency with a campaign to shout about? Perhaps you’ve worked on a programme or advert that’s breaking boundaries? Then look no further – our brand new and returning categories are here to celebrate your successes.

The North is a hotbed of talent and innovation, particularly within the broadcast and media industry, and our categories are designed to truly celebrate the thriving digital, media, tech and creative sectors.

Brand new categories include New Agency to Watch, Animation/Motion Graphics Content of the Year, Audio Production of the Year, Broadcasting Programme – News and Factual, Broadcasting Programme – Entertainment of Video of the Year.

Returning categories for agencies and companies include (but not limited to): Independent Agency of the Year, Digital Agency of the Year, Integrated Agency of the Year, Performance Marketing Agency of the Year, PR Agency of the Year or Production Company of the Year. The majority of these awards are also split depending on the size of your agency or business.

For tech-driven companies or work, returning categories include: Tech Company of the Year and Tech Innovation of the Year.

For individuals or teams with limited budgets, we also have a selection of free-to-enter categories, including Journalist of the Year, Tech for Good Award, Outstanding Contributor to the North and plenty more. 


Who is on the judging panel and how does the process work?

This year we have a variety of carefully selected experts joining the judging panel, who will take part in an independent, transparent process to create the shortlist and ultimately decide the winners. Entries will be carefully reviewed and you can also request personalised feedback and comments on your submission.

Our judges are experienced industry leaders in their fields, whether it’s from the broadcasting world with Caren Davies, Senior Head of Communications at the BBC; brand leaders such as Gill Riley, Marketing Director at Quorn Foods; or tech experts like Ben Davies, Group Marketing Director at Prateura Group. 

Keep your eyes peeled on the website for some of our judges’ advice on how to craft your entry next week!


There is plenty of time to get your entries in, with the final deadline for submissions closing on 10th March. 

If you have any questions or need any help with your entry, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Good luck!

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