How to enter

How to enter

How to enter

General information

The Central Banking Awards are free to enter.

Central bank categories are open to all central banks and official institutions, regardless of size, location or ownership. Partner and service provider categories are open to any commercial organisation that provides services to a central bank, again regardless of size, location or ownership. Note: someone who works for a commercial organisation may enter a central bank for a central bank award and vice versa.


To enter there are only two requirements:

  1. A statement explaining why an individual/organisation should win the award (up to 500 words).
  2. Details of one contact person in that organisation or for that individual.

How to enter – four easy steps

Entry to the Central Banking Awards is by online submission

  1. Click on enter now and register an account (you can use this account to enter any number of awards and update entries).
  2. Select the award you wish to enter.
  3. Complete the online entry form for that award with your statement and contact details. (You will need to complete an online form for each award you enter.)
  4. Click save/submit. 

What happens next?

  • You may amend your entry(ies) at any point up until November 18 when the awards process closes. For guidance on what to submit, please read the notes below and articles on previous winners.
  • All entries will be considered by the Central Banking Awards Committee with a view to shortlisting in December.
  • Shortlists will not be disclosed or made public in any way.
  • As a part of this shortlisting process, individuals may be contacted to ask for more information to support or clarify an entry.
  • In particular, Central Banking will ask for client references for partner and service provider awards when we get to the shortlisting phase. This is an important part of the judging process, providing confirmation and feedback. Without these client references, the judges will find it hard to progress entries further.
  • Winners will be announced online in March.

Good to know

  • The word count for each award entry is restricted to 500 words. You may attach pdfs or other files to your entry, but this is not a requirement.
  • You may also submit an entry for the awards directly to the Editor.
  • All details, including those of references, are held in strictest confidence. We can sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) if required.
  • Entries should describe why the entity/person should win an award for activities during the period September 2021 to September 2022 (with the exception of the lifetime achievement awards). There is some leeway for multi-year efforts.
  • For central bank awards, entries can describe activities, policies and initiatives that have improved the effectiveness of the institution, raising its integrity and furthering its public policy goals.
  • Entries for partner and service provider categories can describe case studies, deals and innovations completed. For example, successful entries have outlined the goal of clients and described how this goal was achieved, including the benefits offered to official institution clients.
  • Please note the quality of your entry (reference clients, general information, lay-out etc.) has a bearing on the outcome of judging for each category. Customised entries stand a far greater chance of success than those consisting of a "cut-and-paste" from a website, marketing materials or an annual report.
  • To find out more or to enquire about your award entry, please contact

The rules

Judging is conducted by the Central Banking Awards Committee – comprising members of Central Banking’s editorial staff and the Editorial Advisory Board – chaired by Central Banking’s editor-in-chief, Christopher Jeffery. The editor’s decision is final.

Winners will be asked to keep the progress of their application private until March 2023, when the awards will be announced online. There will be an opportunity for award winners to be recognised at an Awards Ceremony in June 2023, held at the same time as the Central Banking Summer Meetings.


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Past winners

Central Banking’s annual flagship awards were launched in 2014. Please take a look at our previous winners and testimonials to find out more.