Saturday, 30 September 2017

Guest post by competition winner Lindsay Bamfield

Today's post is by Lindsay Bamfield.

You can learn a lot from Patsy’s blog. Unusual words, pictures of all sorts of interesting places and details of writing competitions. Not just competitions but free-to-enter competitions. Some ask for just a few words while others require mighty essays. Patsy includes non-fiction competitions and fiction embracing all sorts of genres so there’s something for everyone. Some prizes might be modest but others can be serious money. Many aren’t for me, but I have entered two or three, and have now won one.

I love writing and I love travelling, so the competition for the Senior Travel Expert website, leapt out at me. Entrants didn’t have to be a ‘senior’ traveller to enter the competition, although I do qualify on that score! I’d just returned from Uzbekistan and I quickly jotted a piece, not about the place but about travelling with groups of people who were, as our lovely (young) guide phrased it, of an elegant age. I’m going to use that phrase a lot from now on. I played around with the piece for a few days, deleting and adding, and eventually pressed send. And I won. At least, I half-won. Two of us were deemed winners so we shared the prize! You can see both pieces on the Senior Travel Expert website.


Keep an eye on Patsy’s blog, because free competitions are a great way to get competition savvy. After all, what have you to lose? Having said that, free competitions need to be taken as seriously as any other with only your best attempts submitted, because some attract a large number of entries. And if you don’t win, chances are you can recycle your entry for another competition! 

*blushes* Thank you, Lindsay and congratulations once again on your win!

13 comments:

Georgie Faye said...

Well done Lindsay :) and I agree Patsy's blog is a mine of information. I for one am grateful for her generosity in sharing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Lindsay! And all because Patsy is so generous to share the contests she finds.

Lindsay said...

Thank you, Georgie and Alex. I'm very appreciative of Patsy's time and effort for putting these comps up. I like the words too!

oscar case said...

Nice going, Lindsay, and a nice post, too. Thanks for sharing.

Rosemary Johnson said...

Well done, Lindsay. Keep going with the competitions.

Wendy's Writing said...

What a fascinating travel article - I didn't realise you were an intrepid solo explorer, Lindsay! I laughed at the mention of the 'retired bore'. I think we met him on a boat trip around a Paxos. He knew everything about the strata of the rocks... and I mean everything!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Congratulations, Lindsay - I was shortlisted in one of their comps but haven't tried since!

Teresa Ashby said...

Congratulations, Lindsay - it's lovely to hear news of a win. Patsy's blog is one of the first I ever followed - and remains one of my favourites.

Carolb said...

Congratulations Lindsay- and lovely to know that a competition Patsy featured led to you entering and co-winning.

Nas said...

Congratulations on your win Lindsay! I'm reading your travel piece and its great!

liz young said...

Well done, Lindsay, and I love the thought of being of an elegant age!

Suzanne Furness said...

Congratulations, Lindsay. Entering competitions can be lots of fun.

Patsy said...

Thanks everyone! I hope lots more of you win competitions you see mentioned on my blog.