How to enter

How to enter

Operational Risk Awards 2020 - Guidelines

Entry format

Entries should be a maximum of 1,600 words (800 words maximum for question 1 and 2).

Entrants may include supplementary information or materials as necessary to support their pitch, but are advised to keep this to no more than 4-5 pages.

The inclusion of third-party references is strongly encouraged.

Entrants should seek to answer the basic questions:

  1. Please illustrate, giving specific examples, how your firm has demonstrated excellence in its field?
  2. Please illustrate, again giving specific examples, how your firm meets the criteria laid out for your chosen category or categories?

You can attach additional sheets or marketing information as necessary to support your pitch.


The Operational Risk Awards honour excellence in op risk management and compliance. They will be judged by a carefully selected panel of op risk practitioners and industry experts, as well as the editors of

In all cases, judges will consider the extent to which an entrant has demonstrated excellence and met the criteria laid out for the category or categories entered. While judges will analyse firms' entries in detail, the panel are permitted to make their final decisions based on all the information at their disposal and not solely the information contained in the entry.

In some cases, judges may decide that a particular nominee is better suited for a category other than the one that was originally entered. Judges may move entries from one category to another at their discretion.

All of the awards will be determined according to this method, with the exception of Paper of the Year and Book of the Year. Instead, these prizes are judged by the editorial staff of the Journal of Operational Risk and Risk Books, respectively, who will each recognise an outstanding contribution to the field from the previous year.

Interviews with all winners will feature in a special awards supplement, to be published in June.

The results will be published on following the awards night, and will also appear in the next issue of Risk magazine, accompanied by analysis and interviews with selected winners.