Frequently Asked Questions: Nominating Quote of the Year

What information will I need to give?

Your name and contact details, the quote, speaker’s name, and a brief explanation about the context, e.g. “response to reporter’s question about X.”  If possible, please give a source too, e.g. website name.   

Can anyone enter?


Can I enter more than once?

I want to nominate a quote, but I don’t want my name associated with the speaker.  Should I put the quote forward?  
We don’t publish the names of nominees.  If your quote wins, and you wish to remain anonymous, then we can accommodate that. 

What type of quote is most likely to win?

Different quotes appeal for different reasons. Some are witty and clever, others are embarrassing, and many are memorable because of their context.

The judging criteria for the top ten include:

  • originality
  • brevity
  • wit
  • impact
  • emotional strength
  • memorability
  • vividness of the language.

The final choice  of a single winner is decided by public vote and is not easy to predict.  People vote for different reasons, including their feelings towards the speaker and the situation in which he or she spoke.   

What if my flatmate says something clever?  Can I nominate that?
We’re looking for public quotes.  If your flatmate, for example, delivers a brilliant one-liner in a television interview, send it in.  If s/he says something amusing in the kitchen, then – sorry – it’s not eligible.

If a famous American makes a comment about New Zealand, does that qualify? 
No.  We’re looking for the best quotes from New Zealanders.

Enter your suggestion for the 10 Top quotes of 2016 here.


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