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!