Welcome, dear reader, to the contest that gives you a chance to win $100 for your brilliant blog post idea.
Pitchfest has become a highlight of our calendar here at Be a Freelance Blogger because it’s a ton of fun and we’re always excited to see what you come up with.
But the real reason this contest is so popular is the way it works: everything happens in public blog comments, which means you get to see how other bloggers pitch their ideas and how real blog editors respond.
It’s easier to understand if you know the rules, so let’s get straight to that part.
The rules of Pitchfest
- Anybody can enter the contest by typing (or pasting) their pitch into the comments box at the bottom of this page.
- Only ONE PITCH per person, please.
- Follow the pitch format I’ll tell you in a moment.
- After you submit your entry, Sophie Lizard (that’s me, Be a Freelance Blogger’s founder) and/or Lauren Tharp (Be a Freelance Blogger’s guest post editor) will offer feedback to help you optimise your idea for this blog’s audience and improve your pitching skills.
- After you get our feedback, you can revise your pitch if you like and re-submit it by pasting it into a follow-up comment below.
- If you win the $100 prize or a runner-up place, we’ll ask you to send us a draft of at least 1000 words, so bear that minimum word count in mind when you pitch.
- The big winner gets paid $100 for their guest post, on publication, via PayPal.
- Two runners-up get a group mentoring ticket in exchange for their guest post, on publication.
- If the winner’s post can’t go ahead for any reason, we’ll choose a new $100 winner from the runners-up.
- Submit your pitch before the end of Thursday, September 4th, 2014.
- We’ll announce the winner and runners-up on September 6th.
- If we choose your pitch, we expect you to deliver your first draft to Lauren by September 20th.
How to pitch
- Read our general guest blogging guidelines first, then come back here to submit your pitch.
- Start your pitch with a headline that makes us say, “Ooh, I want to read that post!”
- Follow the headline with the opening lines you’d use in the post. No less than 30 words, no more than 60. You DON’T need to write a whole post before you pitch — if you win the contest, that’s when we’ll ask you to write your first draft.
- After the opening lines, give us no more than 6 subheadings you’ll use in your post and follow each subhead with one or two sentences outlining the point you’ll make in that section of your post.
- Then tell us in no more than 3 sentences who you are and why you should write this post for Be a Freelance Blogger.
- Put your pitch in the comment box at the bottom of this page.
- Check the little box that says “Notify me of follow-up comments” so you’ll know when we’ve given you feedback.
- Submit your comment and if you followed all the steps above, you’re entered into the contest.
- This time around, we’re paying close attention to your headline and subheads. So put extra thought into those, make them enticing and clear, and feel free to give us several suggested headlines to choose from.
- If you want to get a better idea of what Lauren and I are looking for in your pitch, study the pitches and responses in previous Pitchfests here, here, here and here.
OK, it’s time.
Let the Pitchfest begin!