We use a lot of words to describe features in Award Force but we recognise it can be confusing if you're unsure what they all mean. This is a glossary of terms to help explain all these words.


An assignment is a backend process which is created when a judge is associated with an entry, a category and/or a chapter. While assignments are automatically create when you create Panels, you can also use Manual assignments to assign specific entries to specific judges.


A broadcast is an email which is composed and sent from within Award Force. These can be created throughout the admin area by clicking the Broadcast button at the top right. Read more in Sending an email broadcast.


A category is a way to group similar entries together. Every program must have at least one active category in order to create an entry.


Chapters are an additional upgrade feature to allow programs to run overlapping rounds in different regions around the world.

A default chapter is present in every program which is a technical requirement for the entry process to work. A single chapter is not usable for any purpose. If you'd like to know more or require a quote for chapters, please contact us at

Content block

A content block is a body of text placed at multiple locations for you to provide information to your users. These can be created/edited at Content > Content blocks. For information about content block locations please see Content block locations.


Divisions break a category into smaller groups of entries for judging purposes. This can be useful when there is a large volume of submitted entries in one category.


An entry is the submission which a user submits to your program. The Entry name is mandatory although it can be renamed via Content > Interface text. See Interface text changes


Fields are input areas which are required to build the entry form. There are several options like text areas, dropdowns, radio buttons, country etc. These can be created at Settings > Fields. See Field types


The Leaderboard shows the results from judging, whether it be scores, total votes or a decision of pass/fail. The Leaderboard offers several export options.


Notifications are automated messages (email or SMS) sent from Award Force. They include the registration confirmation email and the entry submitted email. These can be customised at Settings > Notifications. See Notifications


Panels is where you set who judges which entries and when. Panels are created at Judging > Panels. See Judging panels

Review flow

Review flow is an automated process which allows individuals or organisations specified on an entry form to be contacted to review an entry. They can be configured at Settings > Review flow. Please refer to the Review flow overview to learn more.

Score set

A score set is a container that holds rules for each stage of judging. Score sets are created at Judging > Score sets. See Score sets: How they work

Scoring criteria

Scoring criteria are the criteria against which entries are assessed. Judges input their score into the Scoring criteria which then appear on the Leaderboard as an average score. Atleast one scoring criteria is required when using the VIP Judging mode. These are created at Judging > Scoring criteria. Read more: Scoring criteria 


Tabs provide a visual separation of questions on the entry form. They are created at Settings > Tabs.


Tags are a way to group entries together for a purpose, be it for judging or communication or even just for record keeping. See more about Tagging entries


Terms are text labels that can be changed. For example, the word 'Entry' is a term which can be changed to something like 'Application' or 'Submission'. This is done at Content > Terms.