Congratulate Someone on an Achievement, an Accomplishment, or on a Job Well Done • Letter Templates and Guides

How to write this letter:

1Start with a direct statement of congratulations, mentioning the accomplishment.
2Comment on why you think the achievement is worthwhile or significant.
3Acknowledge such things as the effort, dedication, energy, or sacrifice necessary for the achievement.
4Express hope for future successes.


The tone of this letter must convey a feeling of sincere respect and admiration for the accomplishments of the reader. Keep in mind that the reader will probably share your letter with others.

Example Letter #1


I just learned you are the recipient of the annual Doe Performance Award, and I can think of no one more deserving. Your administrative contributions and innovative ideas have lifted us to new heights. This has been a record year for our department. This award recognizes that much of our success is directly attributable to your efforts. You have a bright future, and I look forward to our continued association.

Example Letter #2


Congratulations on receiving the Springfield Art Award. The judges were right. Your photography embodies the best of modern art today in both its vivid images and its provocative messages. Through your lens I see beautiful scenes in ordinary places.

I look forward to viewing your next exhibit.

Example Letter #3


Jane and I just got word of your successful bid to take control of the defunct Doe plant in Springfield. Congratulations are certainly in order! This is the best step you could possibly take toward regaining control of the Midwest foam-rubber market. We very much admire your shrewdness in taking this decisive action now. There is every reason to believe you are back on your way to the top!

Example Letter #4


Congratulations! What a remarkable accomplishment! Just completing the marathon would have been something to brag about, but to win it! Well done.

I'm sure there must have been many times when you wanted to give up, or when spending time doing other things may have seemed more attractive than training, but your hard work and diligence have certainly paid off.

I am sure we will be seeing and hearing a great deal more about your achievements in the future. Keep up the good work.

Write Your Letter Step-by-Step


Start with a direct statement of congratulations, mentioning the accomplishment.

Example Sentences for Step 1

Example Phrases for Step 1