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Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 Guest Posting Contest With Cash Prizes!

I thought it was high time I held another contest on my blog. My guest posting contest last year generated some great entries - you can see the winning article by Sally Jenkins here and the runner-up by Terrance Bramblett here - so I thought I'd stick with a winning formula.

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 recent one from Joe Mynhardt.

At this time of year everyone is a bit strapped for cash, so I thought on this occasion I would offer cash prizes. The main prize will be $50, and I will also pay $10 for any runners-up that I feel are suitable and of a good enough quality to publish on my blog. All prizes will be paid directly into that person's PayPal account, so you will need to have one of these if you wish to enter. I can also send the prizes in UK pounds if preferred at whatever the current exchange rate may be. There is, of course, no entry fee.

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 the $50 top prize. Their article will also be published on my blog if suitable, along with their byline or resource box pointing to their writing blog/website if they wish.

At my discretion, as mentioned above, I may also publish one or more other entries as guest posts, and I will pay a $10 prize for each one. All entrants will retain copyright in their articles. I will accept up to two entries per person. Winners and short-listed writers from my previous contests are very welcome to enter this one as well!

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 Friday 31 January at 5 pm GMT, so you have three weeks to create and submit your guest post (loads of time!). I will reveal the winner 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!

Photo credit: Mike Licht, via photopin cc

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Blogger Maria Jebeen said...

It was the informative article for me. Thank you for sharing

2:23 PM  
Blogger Kyle Murray said...

Just sent you my article, hope you enjoy! I've sent two because when i was re-reading it i noticed somethings I wanted to change. Sorry for any inconvenience, look forward to hearing your reply!

7:21 PM  
OpenID sallyjenkins said...

I've just submitted my guest post for the competition, Nick.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Sally. Safely received!

7:37 PM  
Blogger Brian Macfarland said...

Sounds good, Nick, but will you be judging spelling using an American dictionary or an English one? After all some entries may be colourful while others may just be colorful. Then again we might tire of getting flat tyres while others may simply tire of flat tires.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Hi Brian. Either UK or US spelling is fine - I appreciate that entrants will come from both sides of the pond (and elsewhere) and will naturally use their own preferred spelling. I will only penalize bad spelling if it is clearly wrong in all versions of English!

11:22 AM  

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