Award submissions

There’s nothing harder than selling yourself. Writers Who draw out the gold and shine a light on your achievements to help you stand out from the crowd with a raft of prestigious awards.

Writers Who’s Guide to Writing a Great Award Submission

There’s no better feeling than being recognised for your achievements through an award. In business, awards are a fantastic way to build authority and credibility in your industry. Entering and winning awards for individuals and businesses is an excellent marketing strategy to improve your reputation and potentially even secure new clients. Writing award submissions is an art form in itself.

Award submission writing inspiration

Writers Who have produced many award-winning award entries for our clients. We created entries for the most influential woman in real estate and agency of the year categories in the annual awards for Remax's leading business. We produced submissions for the second-largest real estate brand in Australia for Major Network of the Year in the annual Real Estate Business awards. We provided award submissions for growing strata management firm, Vantage Strata, in numerous annual state and national industry awards with great success.

Tips for planning an award submissions

  • Read through the entry criteria and make sure that you understand exactly what the award is for, and how the winner will be determined;
  • Set aside ample time. Filling out an entry can take several hours, and it can be handy to do it over several days to be sure that you’ve accurately fit the criteria and added everything you want to include. Write your answers, and leave them for a little while; When you come back to it, you’ll likely want to edit your first attempt;
  • Gather all of the information that you’ll need to fill out the submission. Organise it into an order that makes sense and tells a story. You don’t want to overwhelm the judge; 
  • Appoint an editor or proofreader to review your submission before you send it in.

Tips for writing winning award submissions

  • Ensure that your writing is plain and simple. Judges come from many different departments across a business such as finance, HR or even the executive team. Using language that is accessible to anyone is incredibly important;
  • Don’t assume that the judge will understand the industry lingo, so be sure to avoid using buzz words, industry jargon or acronyms. Ensuring that the entry is enjoyable to read by the judges is incredibly important;
  • Use bullet points. They help break up the entry and make it easier to read;
  • Continually return to the entry criteria, because the judges will be;
  • Outline the proof you have to back up why the individual or business deserves to win. Evidence and insights like hard numbers help measure performance;  
  • Use testimonials from clients, colleagues and key stakeholders to build authenticity; 
  • Stick to the word count. This gives the judging panel enough time to get through all of the entries. It also gives an even playing field to all entrants. If you overwrite a submission it could even cause a penalty.

Tips for finalising your award submission

Read through the entry criteria again and ensure that you have met all of the requirements. Once you feel that you’re finished with the award submission, review your copy and check for any errors or typos. Ask your appointed editor or proofreader to review your submission.

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