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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Guest Posting Contest: Win Blogging for Writers!


As you may know, Blogging for Writers is my brand new course, published by The Self Development Network.

It's a blockbusting guide to everything you need to know to leverage your writing skills to maximum effect as a blogger, and it's already getting excellent feedback from buyers.

To celebrate the launch of Blogging for Writers, I thought it would be fun to have a contest, and I managed to persuade my publishers to donate a copy of BfW as the prize.

As it's all about blogging (naturally), I felt that the contest should be blogging related. So here's the deal - I want you to send me a top-quality guest post for my writing blog!

Just like regular guest posts, it must be on a topic that will be of interest to writers and aspiring writers, and between 500 and 1000 words long. You can also (if you wish) include a link to your own writing-related blog or website in a byline or "resource box" at the end. Note that the byline/resource box does NOT count toward the wordcount of the post itself.

In fact, the rules of the contest are pretty much summed up in my Guest Post Guidelines, so I strongly recommend that you read these before entering. The only difference is that for the purposes of this contest, for obvious reasons, I won't be accepting any initial queries. But if you want to see a couple of guest posts I have accepted in the past, check out this example from David Robinson and this one.from Joanna Penn.

Clearly, I won't be able to judge this contest anonymously, but will attempt to be as objective as possible whether I already know you or not! To that end I have prepared a judging schedule as follows, where a maximum of ten points can be allocated on each of five criteria...

1. Quality of writing (grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.)
2. Abiding by my guest post guidelines
3. Originality
4. Practical value to writers and aspiring writers
5. Style and entertainment value

So it's simple enough. There is a maximum of 50 points available in total. The entry achieving the most points will be the winner and receive a free copy of Blogging for Writers. Their article will also be published on my blog, along with their byline or resource box pointing to their writing blog/website if they wish.

At my discretion, I may also offer to publish one or more other entries as guest posts if I feel they would be of sufficient interest to my readers. All entrants will retain copyright in their articles, of course. I will accept up to two entries from any one person.

How to Enter: Ideally, just copy and your paste your entry on my Contact Me form (note that you may need to disable pop-up blockers for this to display properly). Ensure that the subject line reads Guest Posting Contest Entry.

If that's not possible for any reason (if your post includes graphics, for example) write to me via my Contact Me form saying that you wish to submit a post for the Guest Posting Contest and I will send you my email address by return. I prefer not to publish my email address online, to try to reduce the amount of spam I receive.

The closing date for this contest is Sunday 31 March 2013 at 5 pm GMT, so you have over a fortnight to create and submit your guest post (loads of time!). I will reveal the winner of Blogging for Writers on this blog the following week, and hopefully also publish their entry at that time.

Finally, it's not a rule of the contest, but you might like to post a comment below once you have submitted an entry, so I know to look out for it. And, of course, if you have any questions about the contest, feel free to post them as well.

Good luck, and I'm looking forward to receiving lots of potential guest posts!

P.S. Don't forget - I'm still offering a free module from my forthcoming course Writer's Cashpoint to anyone who buys Blogging for Writers via my blog. See this post for full details!

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2 Comments:

OpenID sallyjenkins said...

Hi Nick - just to let you know that I've entered the contest. Many thanks for the opportunity.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Sally. A bonus point for remembering to notify me ;-)

6:05 PM  

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