As promised, here are the details of our just for fun writing competition that also builds your author platform.
The competition is design to be a little bit like one of our group meetings. We all share our work in a format that we are happy with (see getting set up for more on that) and then we give feedback to each other in the comments.
You win if you get the most comments from the most people, or if you write a really good comment, or if you write a great entry.
This competition is all about being social and working together (with great feedback) as well as showing off your writing skills.
Competition and Rules
Anyone can enter
This competition is open to anyone at all. As long as you have access to the Internet, you can enter this competition. If you have time, you can enter twice but you are probably not going to want to.
There will be 12 rounds, one each week. Each round will have a theme to which you may write as little or as much as you wish. The only requirement is that your entry must be posted online – I will show you exactly how to do that as this is the part that builds your platform.
At the end of the 12 weeks, there will be a big community vote to pick the all time favourite – as chosen by you.
How to enter
To enter you need to publish your entry online with a link back to that week’s competition page. Don’t worry this is really easy. There are lots of free ways to publish your entry in a way that builds up your platform. There is a section called “getting set up” which will show you how to create a free account to post your entries. If you get stuck, ask in the group.
There will be three winners each week:
- Best entry
- Best on-page feedback (to someone else’s entry)
- Entry with the most on-page comments by different people
The winner will be whoever it seems like, has best matched one of those criteria. If there are lots of good entries and your one is not picked all I ask is that you be a good sport about it. Just by writing well, you are winning yourself a good foundation towards your future writing career.
The prize for best feedback will be limited to people who have entered the competition, so make sure you are clear about who you are. Also, don’t forget to give the feedback on the article itself and not on Facebook otherwise I might miss it.
So don’t just put your entry up, go and read other people’s because you might just win for an insightful or helpful comment.
This competition is as much about the comments you give as the entry itself. Read how to give great feedback.
Build your Author Platform
The aim of this competition is to have fun and while having fun you will also be enhancing your author platform without realising it. An author platform is an engine by which you are able to generate sales as an author. It is made up of the presence and following that you have created prior to publication.
So in other words, you will have fun while also laying a foundation for future writing success. We will be having fun but you will also be building up your author presence – something which can take a long time to mature.
Week One: Competition Theme
This is the theme for this week. Closing date to have posted it online is midnight on Monday the 6th. Before you get writing, you should read the getting set up section, if you need help setting up a free space where you can publish things (Facebook just is not going to cut it this time).
What gets me writing?
You can write anything you want that fits that theme. As little or as much as you feel you need to.
My Platform: Getting set up
This is the only bit that is ever so slightly fiddly and may take as long as three whole minutes. Longer, if you want to customise things a lot.
It is also the most exciting part of the whole process. You will be claiming a space for your authorial voice to be heard. It is really easy and super fun. It is also very helpful later on when it comes time to get published.
To build your platform, you need somewhere you can publish your own content. This s where you are going to post your competition entries. If you already own a blog, then you can use that, if you want.
I recommend WordPress but I will show you haw to set up on a few different free sites so you can find one that you are comfortable using.
You don’t have to use these platforms but you will get the best benefit from using a proper blog. Also, blogs are fun. Trust me.
If you have signed up to contribute to this site, or you have blogged at WordPress before then you already have an account but if you need one they take no time at all to set up. then just pick a format and you are ready to go.
WordPress will ping us when you publish your entry so I will know that you have entered. This is because you are going to link to that week’s competition page.
If you don’t like WordPress you can use Quora which has a free blogging option. It will look something like this. Just sign up and choose the blog option from your profile menu.
You may need to share your entry in the group, which is fine because I think you might like to do that anyway.
Another choice is TumblR. We have a TumblR blog here. To play fair, you will have to make sure that your entry has comments enabled.
If you just want to enter the competition and don’t much care that you could be building a platform at the same time them Medium might be the choice for you. Again, grab a free account and post away.
With all these platforms to make a link, you just highlight the text to make into a link and then press the link icon. This will give you a box where you can paste the link which is found in your address bar at the top of the page.
It starts thanetcreativewriters.wordpress.com but you knew that right.
Try to use some text such as:
This is my Thanet Creative Writers Competition entry.
That way, it makes it easy for me to know that you want to be part of the competition.
Best of luck and remember you can write anything that fits this theme and use any title that you wish. Just link to this page and share your article on our Facebook group so I know that you are entering.
There’s no wrong answer and you can win not only by writing but by leaving a great comment on someone else’s work. If you need help, leave a comment on this blog post or post in our Facebook group.
I can’t wait to read what you write.