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Frequently asked questions

Entering the awards


How do I submit an entry?

Click here to go to the entry form.


What are the 2021 categories?

We have 14 categories for 2021 - click here to find out more.


Is there a cost to enter the awards?

The awards are free to enter, and you can enter as many categories as you feel are relevant.


Can I enter multiple categories?

You can submit entries for as many categories as you wish, but please ensure that your entry statement is carefully tailored to the category you are entering.

Please note if duplicate entries are received in one category additional entries will be discounted.

After starting your first category, you may enter another category by clicking ’Make another application’ on the left hand side of the page.


When is the closing date for entries?

Entries will close at 23.59 on Friday 6 August.


Can I start my entry and complete it at a later date?

Yes. Once you create an account you can log back in at any stage, prior to the entry deadline, to add to your entry. Please note once you have submitted your entry you will be unable to amend it.


What photographs should I submit with my entry?

These should be relevant to the entry. Photos must be landscape and must be provided as a high resolution electronic image (jpeg) with a minimum of 300dpi.


What will the photographs be used for?

Photographs will be used only if you are short listed on screen at the awards ceremony and within publicity materials.


What if I do not have photographs to submit yet?

You will need to submit two photographs in order to physically submit the entry. If you need to change the photograph after the entry deadline, please contact


Can testimonials be included as supporting information?

Testimonials should be included in the main submission and included in the main word count.


When do I need to submit my entry by?

Entries must be submitted by Friday 6 August. Should you require assistance with submitting your entry, please contact or call 0207 772 8386.


Am I eligible to enter the awards?

The awards recognise achievements undertaken in the 2020 calendar year

Our awards are very simple to enter and are open to anyone involved in the housing sector – just about anyone is eligible to enter at least one category. Entries are encouraged from housing associations, councils and ALMOs from across the whole of the UK.


Who will be judging the category I have entered?
Information for all of the confirmed judges can be found here. They have all been carefully selected and are experts in their field.


When will the shortlist be announced?

The shortlist will be announced online on Monday 14 September, and will be included in the September issue of Inside Housing.


Whayt happens if I am shortlisted?

Those shortlisted will be contacted and invited to take part in a virtual Judging Day between Monday 11 October - Friday 22 October 2021.


If my entry is not shortlisted, can I receive judges feedback?

Unfortunately due to the number of entries we are unable to provide feedback for unsuccessful entries.



Attending the awards

What is the dress code for the awards?

We advise on smart/casual attire, however there is no official dress code and we invite you to attend in whatever you feel most comfortable.


How do I book for the award ceremony?

Table bookings will open in September 2021.


What is the cost of attending the award ceremony?

We have various table packages on offer. More information will be available soon.


What is included in each place?

We have various table packages on offer. More information will be available soon.


How do I submit my guest information?

The leader booker will receive a link via email to complete guest information and menu choices.


I am no longer able to attend the ceremony, Can I have a refund for my places?

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to

For our cancellation policy please refer to our terms and conditions here.


What are your payment terms?

30 days. All invoices must be paid prior to the event date.


Finalists and winners

When will the winners be annouced?

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the evening of Thursday 25 November at the InterContinental London - The O2.


Will there be trophies for winners and finalists?

All finalists will receive a certificate. Winners will be presented with a trophy on stage at the awards ceremony.


Will judges comments be available for finalists

Due to the number of entries judges generally do not supply comments for entries that have not won or been highly commended.



Who will be judging the category I have entered?

More information on the 2021 judging panel will be available soon.



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