If you read my emails you’ll have seen the advance notice I sent out about this a few days ago.
[If you don’t get my emails, tell me your email address and I’ll start sending them to you — then you can enjoy all the fun, insight and profanity that comes from my brain direct to your inbox.]
Last month’s pitching contest was fantastic, with pitching tips and personalised feedback from Be a Freelance Blogger’s guest post editor Lauren Tharp. Instead of talking about it in the BAFB forums or inside email conversations like we usually do, we had the whole conversation there in the public comments of that blog post and everybody could check out the winning pitches.
That one contest brought us Alicia Rades’ $100-worthy guest post, cunningly titled 5 Ways to Rock Your Guest Post After They Accept Your Pitch, as well as excellent guest posts from runners-up who might never have pitched if there were no prizes up for grabs.
The level of learning and discussion going on in the comments made me feel we’d really touched a point that people want to talk about: what makes the difference between a “works for us” pitch and a “not for us” pitch?
I think we should talk about that in more detail and with as many specific, personalised examples and tips as possible. So we’re doing it all over again this month, and we’ll keep doing it every two months for the foreseeable future.
Being writers, we couldn’t resist giving this $100 guest blog pitching contest a special name.
Welcome to Pitchfest. 🙂
Read on for the rules, the $100 guest post payment, and the all-important comments section!
OK, here’s how this all works and what we’re going to do:
- Anybody can submit a pitch by leaving it in the comments section.
- You can pitch more than one idea if you want to.
- Follow the pitch format I’ll tell you in a moment.
- We’ll choose winning pitches after the end of February 12th.
- If we choose your pitch, you must deliver your first draft by February 22nd.
- First drafts must be at least 800 words [no filler].
- First prize 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 first prize winner’s post can’t go ahead for any reason, we’ll choose a new $100 winner from the runners-up.
Pitch Like This
- First read the guest blogging guidelines, then come back here with your post idea.
- Start your pitch with an eyeball-enticing headline for your post.
- Follow the headline with the first few lines of your introductory paragraph. No less than 20 words, no more than 50.
- After that, outline the arguments, proofs and instructions you plan to share in your post, in no more than 6 bullet points.
- After the bullet points, tell us in no more than 2 sentences who you are and why you should write this post for Be a Freelance Blogger.
- Put it all in the comment box at the bottom of this page. ONE pitch per comment, please, or we’ll get confused. 😉
Ready? Scroll down to the comments section and get your pitch on!
P.S. Check the little box below that says “Notify me of follow-up comments” if you want to know when we’ve left feedback on your pitch.