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Sub36 Awards 2020
Winners announced at the Sub36 Awards 2020
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Entry Process

Entries for the Sub36 Awards 2020 have now closed. If you would like to be notified about when entries for 2021 open and for further information on the Sub36 programme, please register your account here.

To attend the Sub36 Awards virtual ceremony on Thursday 22 October, click here.

The entry process is simple.

  1. Decide on which categories you are going to enter (you can enter a maximum of 3 categories)
  2. Craft your entry - give it all you've got!
  3. Submit your entry online by the deadline provided.

To submit an entry you just need to log in / register here where you can work on your entries in draft form until they are finished.

Once your entry is submitted you will receive a confirmation email so you know it's reached us safe and sound.

Winners have been announced here

Finalist were asked to take part in a virtual interview with a judging panel on 23 September. Your interview time and guidelines on how to prepare are available from your portal.

Winners are announced at the virtual awards ceremony on 22 October.

Please click here for changes we have made to the awards programme in response to Covid-19.

For more information, please see our FAQs.

When do the Awards open for entry?

Entries for the Sub36 Awards opened on 13 May 2020 and have now closed, as of Friday 28 August.

When is the closing date for entries?

Entries for Sub36 Awards 2020 have now closed, as of Friday 28 August.

What are the Sub36 Award categories?

A full list of award categories are available on the categories page.

How many categories can I enter?

Each individual can enter up to three different award categories.

What is the criteria for entering the awards?

To be eligible to enter any of the Sub36 Award categories you must be aged under 36 on 22 October 2020. The only category this rule does not apply to is the Commitment to Skills Award.

You must also own or work for a business based within the current Lancashire county boundaries. For clarity, this means the business must pay rates in one of the following district or unitary boroughs:

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Burnley
  • Chorley
  • Fylde
  • Hyndburn
  • Lancaster
  • Pendle
  • Preston
  • Ribble Valley
  • Rossendale
  • South Ribble
  • West Lancashire
  • Wyre
What are the Sub36 Awards rules?

The following rules apply –

  • The organisers reserve the right to amend or remove award categories
  • The organisers reserve the right to re-assign an entry to another category
  • Entrants acknowledge and agree that material from entry forms may be used in the event brochure and other marketing materials
  • Entrants should mark as confidential any elements of their entry they do not wish to be used for the event brochure or other marketing materials and contact us directly to advise
  • Decisions of judges are final.
How do I enter the Awards?

To enter the awards, you must create an online account. This will allow you to view all award categories and entry forms. You can sign in and out of the system to work on your entry form and save it as a draft until you're ready to submit.

What is the best way to enter the Awards?

We suggest you register an account so you can view the entry forms for the categories you wish to enter.

You can work on your entry in our online system by signing in and out and saving your entry as draft.

When you're ready to enter, simply click submit to send us your form.

Do I have to stick to the word count limits?

Yes. You will be unable to exceed the word count limit when you enter your submission into our online entry forms.

What help is available when entering the Awards?

Throughout the entry form you will see an ‘info’ icon next to certain questions. Here we’ve included further information to support you in completing your entry so make sure you hover over the icon to view this.

Should you have further questions please email

What happens when I submit by entry?

The online system will show that you have entered the awards once you click submit. You will also receive a confirmation email.

Do I have to pay to enter the Awards?

No. The Sub36 Awards are free to enter.

When does the Award Judging take place?

Once entries have closed, all written submissions are scrutinised by our judges. Finalists have now been announced here.

Interviews will take place on 23 September via Zoom. This date cannot be changed.

View the full interview schedule here.

What format does the interview take?

Each interview will last 20 minutes.

Following a brief introduction you will have a maximum of 10 minutes for your presentation to the judges, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from the judges.

When will the finalists be announced?

Finalists have now been announced here

Finalists have been invited to meet a judging panel for interview on 23 September. This date cannot be changed.

View the full interview schedule here

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