The Submission Writer applies the strategy and specialist skills needed to win awards, grants and tenders for organisations, business owners and teams. Our collaborative approach captures both the personal and the strategic, resulting in a compelling, high-level submission that is engaging, authentic and evidence-based.

Australian Tourism Awards Program

The Gold Standard of Awards Programs for the Australian Tourism Industry, the ‘Tourism Awards’ is a comprehensive business review against industry best practice standards. This rigorous program involves a five-step entry process. The 2022 program includes (i) An accreditation or business standards review, (ii) A comprehensive 10,000-word submission, (iii) An online review, (iv) A website review and a (v) A physical site verification process. Our experienced team entered nine businesses in 2022 across four State and Territory award programs with great success. Open from February to September annually.

Grant Programs

Our writers and facilitators are experienced at working with business managers and teams to develop effective grant bids across a range of industries including Tourism, Agribusiness, the Arts, Events and Education. If you have a significant project on the go that requires an injection of capital, grant applications can be well worth the investment. Regardless of the program, our team are happy to offer FREE pre-assessments of the cost-benefit against eligibility criteria so you can make an informed decision about your chances of success.

Response to Tender

We recognise that writing a Response to Tender can be a difficult and overwhelming process for in-house teams to address. Our specialist writers will help you navigate a path through; disseminating information, coordinating a team response and ultimately crafting a compelling submission – with a single consistent voice – that meets all tender criteria. Our three-step approach involves an initial EOI Review, Business Review and Tender Response Composition. Don’t leave it too late. The earlier you can get started the greater your chance of success.

Industry Award Submissions

We have developed a proven approach to working with large companies and teams that includes writing multiple entries for specialised industry award programs. We conduct research and interviews to develop an authentic submission narrative that captures both the broad strategy and the personal experience. Focused on delivering consistency, quality and quick turnarounds, The Submission Writer will earn its place on your preferred contractor lists.

Client testimonials

(The process) “helped identify gaps in customer service and delivery within the organisation. Nelly … did her own research and asked lots of questions. She effectively communicated key themes of Parks Victoria (that) are quite complex. She was well organised and planned.” “

John Kenwright (Access & Inclusion Coordinator), Parks Victoria

“Nelly prepared 5 submissions for the Tourism Awards for Nitmiluk and Cicada Lodge (NT.) 4 Golds and 1 Silver at State level. 2 Golds and 1 Silver at National level. We could not be happier with the results!”

Sveva Faletto, COO, Nitmiluk Tours, 2019

“The submissions were outstanding and working with you and your team was an experience I can’t wait to repeat, thank you very much Nelly and Team!”

Sveva Faletto, COO, Nitmiluk Tours, 2019

“It was a joy to work with such a team of professionals! Nelly and her team produced an incredible submission thanks to a hands on approach to both research and writing.”

Tim Purchase, Business Development Manager, St Andrews Beach Brewery

“What a stunning submission presenting St Andrews Beach Brewery as a professionally managed and highly successful business in such a short time. Congratulations for the enormous amount of time and effort devoted to producing such a stunning submission extremely well presented, full of facts, high quality enticing images and countless tales of success. Certainly an award entry to be extremely proud of and a pleasure to read!”

2018 Australian Tourism Awards Judges comments

“We couldn’t have done this without the Submission Writer. Thank you for not only writing an amazing submission but for your endless patience and encouragement with our team. Your knowledge of the process is an invaluable asset and I would recommend anyone looking at entering these awards to work with you.”

Michelle Raki (Marketing Manager), Arthurs Seat Eagle 2017

“5 Stars. Very professional, engaged and provided great advice and guidance. (The Submission Writer) spent a lot of time both researching and spending time with key personal within the business.”

Matt Bebe (General Manager), Mornington Peninsula Brewery

Recent Blog Posts


February 9th, 2021|0 Comments

It's time to get back in the saddle.Signalling extraordinary industry resilience, the Australian Tourism Awards are back in 2021.The return of the ATAs is a good sign. It means that confidence is returning to the tourism sector across Australia – albeit in small domestic-sized doses.The 2021 Australian Tourism Award celebrations [Read more]


May 5th, 2020|0 Comments

When the nation’s treasurer starts talking about Covid-19 as a world-wide ‘wakeup call’ and points to ‘the need for greater economic self-sufficiency’, then you’ve gotta wonder if this might be a good time for the country to prioritise Australian-made and really commit to Buy Local or in the case of [Read more]

  • Blogpost - Nelly Shaw - Post Covid-19 Regional Tourism Impacts and Outlook


April 6th, 2020|0 Comments

One unexpected consequence of the coronavirus pandemic is a renewed appreciation for the good things in life; our family, our homes, our gardens and our local culture. There is little doubt that local culture, enriched by sustainable tourism, is a fine thing. In regional areas, it promotes artist studios, barista-made [Read more]

Nelly Shaw Member of Victorian Chamber of Commerce