Are you new to Pitchfest? Wondering what it’s all about?
Long story short: this is a contest that gives you a chance to wow us with your best guest post pitch and win $100 on publication of your post.
See, I used to pay one guest blogger per month $50 for their post. But those paid guest spots filled up months in advance, which meant newer pitches didn’t stand a fair chance.
Now I’ve taken that same budget and added 2 months’ worth of guest blogger pay into one $100 prize that everyone gets an equal chance to win.
But the real point of Pitchfest is that you hardly ever get to see how other freelance bloggers pitch — what they say, what they leave out, and what the editors they’re pitching to think of it all. Here, the whole process is public so everyone can learn from it.
Let’s get into the details of how to enter.
The rules of Pitchfest
- Anybody can enter the contest by typing (or pasting) a pitch into the comments box at the bottom of this page.
- If you’ve entered a Pitchfest before, you can enter again with a new idea or with a revised version of your previous pitch. Yep, even if you’re the winner of a previous Pitchfest. After all, a blog that’s published one of your posts in the past wouldn’t refuse to accept a second post if you had a great idea!
- We’re only accepting ONE PITCH per person, so make it your best shot. After you get our feedback, you can revise your pitch and re-submit it by pasting it into a follow-up comment below.
- Follow the pitch format I’ll tell you in a moment. If you don’t follow the instructions, you can’t win.
- All pitches will be commented on by me (Sophie Lizard, Be a Freelance Blogger’s founder) and/or Lauren Tharp, Be a Freelance Blogger’s guest post editor. We’ll offer feedback to help you refine your idea, polish your pitch or add in any extra info we feel is missing.
- If you win the $100 prize or a runner-up place, you’ll need to deliver a draft that runs to at least 1000 words with no fluffy padding, so give us a concise pitch that shows your idea is detailed enough to create a post of that length.
- 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 June 26th, 2014.
- We’ll announce the winner and runners-up on June 28th.
- If we choose your pitch, we expect you to deliver your first draft to Lauren by
June 30th. Oops! I meant July 7th.
How to pitch
- Read through Be a Freelance Blogger’s general guest blogging guidelines, then come back here to submit your pitch.
- Start your pitch with a headline that makes us want to read what comes next.
- Follow the headline with the opening lines you’d use in the post. No less than 30 words, no more than 60. [Yes, we’re counting!]
- You DON’T need to write the whole post before you can pitch — in fact, we’d much rather you don’t write a full draft unless you win the contest.
- After the intro, give us no more than 6 brief bullet points outlining the points you’ll make in your post, and tell us how you’ll support each of those points with evidence or personal experience. Again, don’t write half the post in your pitch! We’re looking for concise pitches that get all the necessary information across in a short amount of time and space.
- After the bullet points, tell us in no more than 3 sentences who you are and why you should write this post for Be a Freelance Blogger. This part is important, so give it some thought.
- 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 some 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 ability to follow instructions. If we see you’ve skipped one of the steps above, we’ll let you know — any non-conforming pitches have ZERO chance of winning. Harsh, but representative of a real-life pitching situation. [Because, duh, this is a real-life pitching situation and there’s $100 of my real-life money on the line.]
- If you want to get a better idea of what Lauren and I are looking for in your pitch, check out this podcast episode featuring Lauren with Valerie Bordeau of the Freelance Writers Academy. It’s totally Pitchfest-focused and Lauren tells you all the best ways to get on our “yes please” list! There’s also a full transcript you can download with a ton of useful links inside.
OK, you ready?
Let the Pitchfest begin!