Announce a Contest Winner — Letter-Writing Tutorial


This is an upbeat letter that builds good will in a group while focusing attention on a specific person. It can motivate others to achieve the same recognition.


1. Announce the winner of the contest.


  • Ms. Jane Doe is the winner of the <em>Sky's the Limit</em> sales contest.
  • I am pleased to announce that John Doe is the winner of our monthly promotion contest.
  • The winner of our<em>Employee of the Month</em> award is Jane Doe.
  • We take pleasure in announcing that John Doe is the winner of this year's <em>Best Suggestion</em> award.
  • We are happy to announce that Jane Doe has just won the <em>Young Artists</em> contest.


  • after careful consideration
  • are happy to announce that
  • are thrilled to announce that
  • category winner is
  • has won our
  • is the winner of
  • it was a very close finish but the
  • it is a pleasure for us to announce that
  • our grand prizewinner is
  • pleased to announce that
  • really deserved this award
  • sent in the winning entry
  • take pleasure in announcing that
  • the judges' unanimous choice was
  • the prize goes to
  • the judges have chosen
  • the contest winner is
  • the first prize goes to
  • the winner is our own
  • the lucky winner
  • the winner of our

2. Explain what the winner did to win.


  • By exceeding fiscal year sales of anyone in her department, Jane has set a new standard for us all.
  • Jane not only topped the charts with $60,000 in sales, but she also composed an effective jingle that we plan to use on our TV spot.
  • Robert produced the interface for our new phonetic program in less than two weeks--something of a record in itself.
  • John's suggestion that we consolidate parts of our assembly procedure will reduce our response time by fifteen percent.
  • The judges selected his drawing expressing the diversity of our staff as <em>best in show.</em>
  • Jane's efforts resulted in opening 40 new accounts.


  • by exceeding the sales of
  • careful attention to detail
  • certainly put her heart and soul into her entry
  • completed the puzzle correctly
  • composed an effective jingle
  • efforts resulted in
  • endearing photograph will be reproduced in our
  • her thought-provoking essay on
  • his poster illustrating the
  • interpretation of the contest theme was
  • made all the difference
  • most ingenious solution to
  • portfolio revealed a very talented young
  • produced the interface for our
  • raised the most money
  • selected his drawing depicting
  • sent in the first correct entry drawn
  • set a new standard for us all
  • sold the most
  • suggestion that we
  • to the problem we presented
  • topped the charts with
  • will reduce our response time by
  • wrote a delightful description of

3. Explain what the winner will receive.


  • Jane will receive a $500.00 cash bonus and a weekend stay for two at Doe Beach.
  • For his outstanding performance, John will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to Hawaii.
  • Jane will receive two airline tickets to any place in the world.
  • Michael will receive a $100.00 gift certificate, and his work will be featured in the municipal art show in the fall.
  • For her outstanding accomplishment, Jane will receive a cash bonus of $500.00.


  • a cash bonus of
  • a scholarship worth
  • a savings bond
  • a cash prize of
  • a dream vacation at
  • a shopping trip anywhere in
  • an all-expenses-paid trip to
  • and her whole family will be able to
  • be invited to
  • for his excellent performance
  • for her outstanding accomplishment
  • have the opportunity to
  • have his work displayed at
  • his school will receive a
  • prize will be a
  • this significant accomplishment
  • use her drawing in our
  • weekend stay for two at
  • will be published in
  • will receive a
  • will get to attend the
  • work will be featured in

4. Congratulate the winner.


  • Our congratulations to Jane on a job well done.
  • Please join me in congratulating John on his accomplishment.
  • On behalf of Doe Associates, I extend sincere congratulations to Jane on this happy occasion.
  • Our sincere congratulations to Robert on this accomplishment, and our thanks to him for his dedication.
  • We congratulate Suzanne on this achievement. We feel this is but the beginning of many good things to come.
  • Congratulations! We are pleased to have you with us!


  • a promising future
  • all entries achieved a high standard
  • combination of talent and dedication
  • confidently expect a
  • congratulate all our participants
  • congratulations to
  • extend sincere congratulations
  • hope we will hear a great deal more from
  • impressed by the quality of all the
  • join me in congratulating
  • many good things to come
  • no losers in this contest
  • on this happy occasion
  • on a job well done
  • on this achievement
  • on behalf of
  • our congratulations to
  • outstanding entry
  • the first of many achievements
  • this significant accomplishment
  • this excellent performance
  • want to thank him for

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