Every pitch you ever send to a blog editor or potential client is an entry into a contest for money.
When you pitch most blogs, you don’t get to see the other submissions they received that week.
Here, you do.
Let me explain. Pitchfest is a guest post pitching contest for freelance bloggers.
You pitch us a guest post idea in the comments section, we comment back with advice and encouragement, then we choose our favourite ideas to publish here on Be a Freelance Blogger. We do it all in the comments section of this post right here, so everyone can read the pitches and learn from the process. And there’s a $100 prize for the winner. 🙂
So far we’ve done this twice: here in December 2013 and here in February 2014. Both times, we got some fantastic entries and enjoyed in-depth conversations about how to create and improve your blogging pitches.
Now it’s time for another round. Are you ready?
Here are the rules
- 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 Pitchfest before, you can enter again with a new idea or with a revised version of your previous pitch.
- We’re only accepting ONE PITCH per person.
- Follow the pitch format I’ll tell you in a moment. If you don’t follow the instructions, you can’t win.
- After you get our feedback, you can revise your pitch and re-submit it by pasting it into a follow-up comment below.
- Your guest post will need to be at least 800 words of concise, useful information, so show us in your pitch that you’ve got enough detail for a long-ish post.
- 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.
Deadlines for pitches and drafts
- Submit your pitch before the end of April 17th, 2014.
- The judges [that’s me and Lauren Tharp, BAFB’s guest post editor] will announce the winner and runners-up on April 19th.
- If we choose your pitch, we expect you to deliver your first draft to Lauren by April 30th.
How to pitch
- First read the guest blogging guidelines, then come back here.
- Start your pitch with an attention-grabbing headline. If you like, you can suggest 1 or 2 alternative headlines as well.
- Follow the headline with the first few lines of your 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 — we only want the opening lines.
- After that, give us no more than 6 bullet points outlining the points you’ll make in your post, and tell us what you’ll use to support each point — personal experience, census data, photos, interviews with experts, research reviews, Einstein quotes?
- 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 it all in the comment box at the bottom of this page.
- Check the little box that says “Notify me of follow-up comments” if you want to know when we’ve left feedback on your pitch.
That’s all there is to it. 🙂
Let the Pitchfest begin!