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AWARD WRITING

DON'T STRESS ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING AWARD ENTRY, OUTSOURCE IT!

To grow your social proof and gain industry recognition, I'll write your business award entry and create a supporting PDF to complement the award submission, then submit it on your behalf. 
 

BENEFITS OF ENTERING AWARDS

Awards are the perfect Marketing and PR tool to add to your annual promotion strategy. 

They boost your street cred and trust with customers, clients and investors, further increasing your visibility in the market. 
 

Added benefits (apart from entering, becoming a finalist or winning an award) are:

  • Added credibility to your grant applications, pitch deck, media kit or speaker kit

  • Social proof for your audience, marketing activities, and website - as an award-winning business!

  • Content ideas for social media, blogs and thought leadership posts

  • Cross-promotion from business award programs

  • Expansion of your social and professional networks

  • Media opportunities from press releases and PR 

  • New connections amongst your industry or cross-industries

  • Meeting new clients, customers, investors or business collaborators

  • On-page and off-page SEO (backlinks from industry awards websites or articles)

  • Professional development opportunities via (some) awards offering masterclasses, workshops and conferences combined with their awards night

  • Travel and experience new places and make unforgettable memories

 

Here's a step-by-step guide to working with me (on an AD-HOC basis).

STEP 1 - SUBMIT QUOTE FORM (New Clients)

 

Complete the Quote Form below.

STEP 2 - ONBOARDING

You will receive a follow-up email containing more info and/or a Client Agreement for further consideration. Once signed, an invoice is triggered.

 

STEP 3 - INTERVIEW


Once your invoice is paid, you'll receive a link to schedule our Awards Interview on Zoom/Phone, where I will ask you the award entry questions in your own words.

 

STEP 4 - CHECKLIST

 

If the selection criteria request these, you'll receive a checklist of items (images, logo and headshot). Some industry-specific awards may require additional info (such as graphs, videos or data), which needs to be provided by you; these will be noted in the checklist. 

STEP 5 - DRAFTING 


I will use your interview responses as the skeleton for the first draft of the written responses and send them to you for your initial feedback and review.

 

If supporting material is applicable, I will create this in Canva for you and also send it for your feedback/approval.

If any changes, you provide them via tracked changes and comments, and I edit accordingly. We can do this process two times until it's ready for approval.

STEP 6 - SUBMISSION


Once you approve and all info is ready, I'll collate your documents and images and submit them on the Awards Portal (logging in as you) or via email, then email you a confirmation.

JUDGING PHASE >>> AWARDS NIGHT

Congrats, you're all submitted! Now comes the hard part - WAITING. 😅

The time between submitting your entry and the Finalists being announced can drag on (not gonna lie), and that space can bring up various feelings - these are completely natural. I'm here to support you through them and remind you how incredible you are. 🎇

I'll check in by email and see how you're going, provide info to support you for any face-to-face Judging (dependent on the awards program) and share vital info and calendar reminders for your convenience.

AWARD WRITING SERVICE INCLUSIONS

  • Suggesting appropriate award categories and program research​

  • Awards interview with Mel via phone/Zoom (asking you the entry questions in your own words, to help me develop the copy)

  • Drafting the nomination response, editing, and proofreading

  • 2 x rounds of revisions to each draft document (following your feedback)

  • Providing a checklist of media files for you to provide to me

  • Supporting material created on your behalf, max. 5-page PDF (if required)

  • 2 x rounds of revisions to the draft PDF (following your feedback) 

  • Uploading approved information into the online awards portal or form by the deadline

  • Send any approved supporting materials to the awards program coordinator or upload them into their award portal

  • Confirm that your entries were submitted and track the outcomes

  • Liaise with the awards coordinator on your behalf if any technical issues or deadline extension requests

  • Post-submission support, including event reminders, judging prep and debriefing (if applicable)

THE PROCESS

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PRICING EXPLAINED

HOW MUCH DOES AWARD WRITING COST? ​

 

As a guide, an industry average for a 1000-word award submission copywritten is approx. AUD 1000 (some cost more and some less, depending on the following). My 12-month retainer package can be viewed here to secure fixed pricing and pay monthly. 

To book a one-off project, there are so many variables between each awards entries criteria and process, such as:
 

  • Word count

  • Quantity of questions

  • Supporting files

  • Interview time

  • Number of categories

  • Time until deadline

  • Rush/weekend work

  • ​Any additional revisions

  • Complex submission processes

WHY DOES IT COST THIS MUCH? [APPROX. 10 HRS EACH]​

  • Awards research and admin - 1hr

  • Awards Interview 1-2hrs

  • Referring back to transcript/recording - 1hr

  • Drafting time (varies) - 2-6hrs

  • Creating supporting material PDFs in Canva - 2hrs

  • Revisions x 2 rounds - 1hr

  • Proofreading - 30min - 1hr

  • Submitting entries and confirmation - 15min

  • Ongoing event correspondence and event reminders - 30min

  • Calendar reminders and tracking outcomes - 30min

AWARD WRITING QUOTE REQUEST

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