How Long Does It Take to Write a Business Award?

You may be considering entering some business awards in 2024, and one of the biggest questions we get asked is, ‘how long does it take to write a business award?’


How Long?

Writing a business award takes time and you will need some knowledge of the criteria for the specific category you are entering before beginning.  We would say that on average, writing a business award can take around 12 hours.  Now, it’s important to bear in mind that it may take a lot longer than that if you have never written one before!

There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work involved with writing a business award that often goes unnoticed at first.

The prep work involves:

  • Research – Before diving straight into writing, you will need to research the award you would like to enter, and the category that will best suit your business and its biggest achievements. Once you have decided which category you would like to enter, it is imperative that you read each criteria point carefully and thoroughly.


  • Interviews – Usually, a professional award writer will interview a company to pull out the most compelling stories to feature in the entry. However, if you are writing the award yourself, why not interview members of your team? They will be able to give you different perspectives about the business you may not have considered.  Boasting about ourselves and our accolades can sometimes be a very difficult thing to do, so get everyone involved within the team to help.


  • Plan – We always recommend moving the deadline forward in your calendar by at least a week before the actual one. This allows for any unforeseen circumstances and will ensure that you have plenty of time write and submit without leaving it until the last minute. Life happens and business gets busy at times, so by planning the timeline in the diary it will make sure you can get ahead.  An article on Forbes states the importance of keeping up-to-date with your data and achievements throughout the year, making it easier to substantiate the evidence within your entry.


  • Write – As mentioned above, it takes at least 12 hours to write the award itself, including proofreading and editing. Give yourself more time than that.  Writing a business award is no easy feat, especially if you’re a beginner, so we suggest writing it in stages to not overwhelm yourself too much at first.  Read each criteria point, then read it again.  Answer what the question is asking and avoid going off on a tangent.  The judges want to see clear and concise points, with evidence that backs up what you are writing.  Make sure that you also keep within the strict wordcount, as going over even by one word can cost you marks or make your entry void.


  • Proofread – We suggest reading your entry over a couple of times, and even hand it to a few team members to check over before submitting the final copy. If grammar and spelling aren’t your strong points, then hire a professional proof-reader to ensure your submission is polished. We hate to say it, but sometimes if an award is between two candidates, the entries will be scrutinised down to the very last word, and if one has a mistake, that can be the deciding factor.


Final Thoughts

Yes, writing a business award does take a fair amount of time, but it is such a rewarding process if you decide to give it a go.  Looking at your business from a bird’s eye view can give you insights about your achievements that may have otherwise gone unnoticed due to the everyday.

If you feel like you want to try writing an award yourself, but need a little guidance, then our Check and Send service is perfect for you.

Or, if you feel you simply do not have the 12+ hours spare in your business day-to-day, then book a call with us and let’s start your award journey today!


Pure Awards is an expert business award writing, grant writing and content creation agency with over 10 years’ experience.  For more details about our services and who we are, visit our website.