Freelance Writing – From Low Budget to Healthy Budget

Editor, Author Annette YoungFreelance writing is difficult. It’s hard in the current climes. There are several reasons for this. Clients have less money in their budgets to pay and even if they don’t, they see that writers are prepared to work for next to nothing. There is another reason too. There are more writers out there. Writers at varying levels of experience, and some who may be forced into the industry to look for paid work. I know many people who have dusted off their laptops and started writing to help supplement their own waning income.

These writers will understandably charge less and their need to do so is because they desperately need to boost their income. Fair point. For many, life sucks in terms of business, bills and the constant drain on their money. So, assuming that these writers can hold their own in a competitive marketplace – welcome, dip your toes in at your ‘slightly’ reduced rate, have a paddle, gain some great writing credits and then join the ranks of those who charge a fair price for their work. After all, you will have earned it.

But cutting your teeth in freelancing terms is not always easy. When I started, I didn’t know anything about pricing my work and probably got ripped off, spending hours slaving away when I didn’t need to, but of course, you soon learn. What I did find though that sometimes charging a little less when actively seeking out a new area in which to write, worked well. I will give you an example. Many years ago, I was working as a writer/trainer and had been quietly chalking up published writing credits in my free time. In the health arena, I could command a decent rate and I had credits to prove it. Then one day I spotted an ad for someone wanting martial arts articles and the price per article was lower than my usual rate but, I really wanted to get the job. I love martial arts and in my youth, yes, many, many, many years ago, I used to belong to a martial arts club and seriously lived and breathed it. So, writing about it was for me an enjoyable venture.

Writing was not my main income but it enabled me to have a good quality of life and I got to cherry-pick the work I did. It was great. I got the job writing 10 articles and even though, I charged a bit less than for my health articles, it was worth it for me. I hasten to add it was not the 1 USD per article rate that I rant about.  Dropping my rates worked at that point because the client loved my enthusiasm and the quality of work and I received a great deal of work from him for over a year. That one little job really boost my income in the coming months and I went on to write about topics that I didn’t even know anything about. It was great for me as I built credits up in a lot of new areas and, I got good pay as the time went on and great feedback.

Sometimes, I can see how writing for a little less can be  a good thing. But it is important that you always aim for a healthy budget if you are freelancing. Do what feels right for you, unless it is working for next to nothing. Stop it. Think about your end goal and the time it takes you to do a job. Even now, I miscalculate the length of time for a particular job. So learn from  your mistakes but always tell yourself what your financial writing goals are and work steadily towards them.

If you are a low budget freelance writer, re-evaluate today. You don’t need to be. I know that writing is a competitive world at the moment but there is good paid work out there. Sometimes you need to consider your options. What are your areas of expertise? Write about those and carve out a nice little niche for yourself. Have several areas of expertise? Great. Two areas where you can earn extra money.

No-one should have to have a low wage and just scrape through but I am a firm believer that you create your own opportunities. Don’t just rely on job sites, get the word out there about your skills and back it up with quality writing. If you can’t write well, then get out of the freelance writing game. Don’t muddy the water for those who need to earn a living from the written word. Instead, learn the craft, take a writing course, study, write, study until you are proficient. Then come back and test the waters.

This way, you can command a healthy wage and actually enjoy the whole writing experience.

Writing Professionally – Have Some Self-Respect

Editor, Author Annette YoungI have been writing professionally for many years. My first tentative steps into the creative writing and freelance writing arena taught me a lot. It taught me that this is a tough profession with ever-increasing demands but as such, you have to treat it like any other work stream and you have a pride in your work. Work hard, work smart and be professional.

Over the years I have noticed a decline in the respect that writers give their work, and worse, a decline in the respect given to professional writers by clients. Quite simply, it makes my blood boil because we, (professional writers everywhere) have collectively allowed it to happen. If you have some skills as a writer, you should get paid for your work. It’s that simple.

I am not talking about people who write creatively because they just love the written word. I am not talking about those who are trying to build up their brand as a writer and dipping a toe in the professional writing arena, and I am not talking about those who are creating their own websites and producing content for it. I worked hard and without pay on my creative competitor site in the early days, but that was for my own purpose. I am talking about those who provide a professional service for clients, writing articles, web content, eBooks or even creative writing.

I am seriously sickened by the fact that writers work for peanuts or less.

If it’s their choice because they wish to target a new niche to add to their writing portfolio, well, ok, sometimes it is a stepping stone. But I am seeing writers accepting 1 USD for a 500 word article.

1 USD for a professional article?

Now, granted, many of these writers are living in countries where the conversion rate is so much better, and for any writer living in an Eastern country, 1 USD is worth vastly more than 1 USD for American, Canadian and British writers or in fact, anywhere where the conversion rate is small. But even so, it belittles the job. I know that financially times are tough, but we have to turn this tide around. Don’t betray your professionalism just for the sake of picking up a job where the client does not appreciate or value your worth. It’s the principle that I am getting at.

I’m a professional writer but I also have a long list of academic qualifications in addiction and stress management and even as a professional, I was offered 3 USD an hour to write a book on stress management. Needless to say, I turned it down rapidly. I am sure the client found someone willing to do it for peanuts but for that amount of money, I really hope he didn’t get a professional writer. I just want ALL writers to get paid for a decent job.

I may be using this as a platform to rant but come on, writers worldwide, let’s unite. We all have to take work that is paid less than what we think it is worth sometimes. Hell, I’d happily double my rates, but as long as I have a fair price for my work, that’s fine. But, unless as writers collectively, we say no to low paid jobs, this industry is going to truly crumble. We all have to live and we should aim for quality of life, not merely scraping by on the basics that clients are prepared to give us.

There is a minimum hourly wage for workers in Britain and yet I know some professional writers who don’t even get that. Writers – I don’t care where you come from, or what your circumstances are, if you can write and with quality, get paid properly. Why work like a slave to achieve a basic wage? Ask for $10 or $15 for a short article at least and get 15 x the money for the same job. Take some time out then with your family, have a quality of life,  but above all, get some self-respect. Show that you care about your writing and you have faith in yourself. Up your rates and sell yourself through your words, not through a pitiful proposal. Get repeat custom by doing a good job, show that you are worthy of a decent paycheck.

Once upon a time, writing was a revered industry, now those days are gone, and sadly, we are letting it.

Writing Jobs 17/02/2012

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Exceptional Story Writer

Reality Show Drama
Exceptional story writer/copy editor wanted

(St. Charles and Chicago)
Date: 2012-02-15, 10:31PM CST

Exceptional Story Writer

I’m looking for a special person (writer) who can create exciting stories, similar to those on reality TV, that demonstrates the struggles of families, couples, individuals, leaders, and teams. I want an imaginative person with the ability to bring characters to life who are struggling with the issues that are part of the human condition. Then I want the writer to show how anyone can, using my model, overcome their problems. The stories must illustrate how my model can produce transformational change. Understanding of the personal and business milieu must be acquired to apply my model.

Compensation:$15-20 per page

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Looking for a Few Good Bloggers

You love the movies of David Lynch and Werner Herzog. You love the books of Jorge Luis Borges and Donald Barthelme. You love the music of SWANS and Earth. You have a parallax view of the world and use words like ‘parallax.’

That’s Anobium Books in a nutshell.

Anobium is a small, independent publisher of strange, surreal and insectile literature. We are based in Chicago, and we are slowly expanding our coverage beyond books, because we believe literature means more than words on a page.


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Freelance Copywriter

Our client is in search of a part-time freelance copywriter to work on a large fashion brand. This position is on-site in the Northwestern suburbs. We’re looking for a creative, fresh, and upbeat style, along with the experience of writing retail, e-commerce and catalog copy.

The right candidate will be a freelancer who can accommodate a fluctuating workload from our client each week (ranging from 5-30 hours per week) depending on project demands.

Location: On-site in the Northwest Chicago suburbs
Start Date: ASAP

Compensation: Up to $19 per hour

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New Brooklyn Online/Print Publication Seeks Writers

Online and print publication covering Brooklyn’s culinary, artistic, club, music, and real estate beats and scheduled for launch in late spring /early summer is seeking local writers versed in any or all of those subject areas for regular stories between 500 and 1,500 words. Print publication will be a bimonthly with a wide readership demographic (25-45), though more regular online updates will be a component of the rollout process. There’s no shortage of media competition in these subject areas as you are only too aware, so emphasis is going to be placed upon writers with an appetite for the novel; stories in the culinary sphere, for example, will often need to venture both into and beyond simple chef profiles or paeans to ingredients (localvore or no) in search of a deeper context, most essentially a neighborhood context (why something new opened where it did, etc., and in what specific ways it serves a need. . .or not).

Compensation: $50-$125 per piece

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Writer/ Editor Wanted for Italian Play

Theatrical Producer is looking for a freelance Writer/Editor to help improve the content of a plot summary for an Italian play. Ideal candidate would be a student with writing experience, such as an English major with an interest in theater, or an emerging Playwright.

Compensation; $20 per hour

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Online Magazine and Art Gallery Collective Needs a Writer

Frontrunner Gallery, a new addition to New York’s downtown art scene includes an online magazine

Seeking creative writers, non-fiction, interview, and column editorial writing only. No other material will be reviewed.

Please include a writing sample, CV, and cover letter describing your skills and work experience.

Compensation: Per article

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Healthcare Proposal Writer

American Health is an international healthcare agency that provides services to hospitals and individual professionals. Our services include educational programs for nurses and physicians as well as recruitment services and hospitals assessment programs.

Compensation: TBD

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Blogging Interns

Seeking creative, sharp and enthusiastic writers for our hugely popular site – WIDK.COM
If you are interested in gaining experience, having a chance to get your name out in public – for a large and growing audience – and enjoy
posting unusual and fun articles, this might be a great opportunity for you.
The creators of this blog are entertainment industry legends that you will learn a great deal from.
The position is flexible in terms of hours and post/ write either from your home or our office.

Compensation: Non Paid

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Writing Jobs 10/02/2012

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Write 3000 Word Articles

Hyperink publishes high-quality non-fiction articles and books. We’re backed by top venture capitalists and our launch was featured in Forbes, BusinessWeek, and Publishers Weekly.

We’re looking for amazing freelance writers to join our writing team.

We’re selective, but if you’re good, you’ll have as much work as you can handle in writing short, non-fiction articles and ebooks in return for cash advances+royalties.

You’ll also work closely with professional editors who will provide guidance, feedback, and support.

You can work from home or anywhere in the world!

Experience doesn’t matter – but reliability, speed (we have very fast turnarounds!), comfort with digital tools like Google Docs, and attention to detail do!

The main type of project we’re offering right now is writing long articles on all sorts of topics ranging from healthcare to dating to foreign languages to current events.

We offer payments of up to $80 for 3000 words (and longer projects based on experience and length of working relationship), and lifetime royalties plus incentive bonuses when our ebooks perform well.

Compensation: Pay Varies

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Grant/Proposal Writer Wanted

Small Not for Profit agency located in downtown Brooklyn seeks an experienced grant/proposal writer to complete RFPs for it’s programs.

Compensation: Negotiable

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Writer/Blogger NYC

Looking for an amazing freelance writer to join the team for an upcoming clothing line.
Responsibilities will be to write the story behind the start up of the brand along with upkeep of the blog site.
Qualified candidates must be well organized, have excellent research and writing skills and possess good time management skills.
Fashion Trend Knowledge is key.
Please send a cover letter, résumé, and links to several writing samples.

Compensation: $100 for 4-5 hours a week

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An opportunity has arisen for writers in Fashion, Journalism, Art, Media and Marketing. Ronnie is a lingerie brand, which has launched a blog with a fresh take on the independent aspirational woman’s life style and our upcoming lingerie collection. Ronnie is looking for writers/bloggers who can contribute to the growth of the blog, which aims to cover a range of contemporary themes that reflect Ronnie’s world. Please check out our site for a better understanding of what we are looking for:
This is a great opportunity to get first hand experience working for a fast-paced start up business.
The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, creative, deadline oriented, well organised, with a proactive attitude and an eye for detail. The candidate will grow with the site spreading the Ronnie brand to a global, predominantly female audience.
Key skills:
– Strong writing/editorial skills.
– Love of fashion, trends and women specific themes.
– Social media savvy using twitter, FB, Youtube, etc.
– Good understanding of the industry, its key-players and its audience.

Compensation: Unpaid

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Online Publication Seeking Contributors

We grew up shielded from reality by the American dream of possibility. If we showed up on time, it would always work out. Yet in recent years, the world has proven it doesn’t care how educated or entitled we may be. Many of us have flocked to cities looking for a break, but lost track of our priorities along the way. Rather than focusing on opportunities we’ve become distracted by fantasies. Now that Realcity is here we can get back on track. Together, we can find better ways to handle city life by breaking our shared experiences down to the most essential factors. By learning from contributors all over the country, we can make our futures truly fulfilling. All we have to do is be more realistic about what it’ll take to get there.

Realcity is an online publication that will be operating with this mission. We’re looking for young writers, editors, photographers, artists, graphic designers, web designers, app designers, marketers, business people and more to help this idea reach its full potential. The goal is to get contributors, and in turn readers, from as many cities as possible. We’ll be re-launching with the first of four seasonal issues, The Survival Issue. This term can mean whatever you want it to, from the hazards of urban winters to the struggles of an unemployment search. We’re currently seeking ideas for small service pieces, mid-sized personal essays, feature-length narratives and videos in the following sections:

Escape (Enjoyments and Indulgences) – TV/Film/Book analysis, dining experiences, nightlife, vacations
Coexist (Human Interactions) – Societal studies, human interest stories, dating
Maintain (Personal Upkeep) – Fitness, diet, budget, life stability
Climb (Possibilities and Passions) – Career thoughts, life-changing events, future predictions

Compensation: No Pay Currently

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Technical Writer

ADL Data Systems, Inc., a leading software developer of Accounting and Electronic Medical Records software for nursing homes, is searching for an experienced technical writer to produce documentation, training materials and specification sheets.

You must be articulate, detail-oriented, flexible, and able to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. You should be energetic, enthusiastic, and self-directed, with a mature, professional attitude, and able to quickly learn and document software applications.

Qualifications needed:

• Minimum of 2 yrs experience in developing end user guides and documentation; be prepared to submit samples of your work.
• Top-notch writing and communication skills are a must.
• Ability to grasp computing and workflow concepts quickly

Compensation: Attractive Salary

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News Reporter/ Blogger

Are you a talented, news-obsessed writer looking for an opportunity to show off your chops, sharpen your voice, and work at a news shop that’s making a difference? If so, then we have the job for you.

Grist, the acclaimed green site, is looking for one or more news reporter-bloggers.

• You have an irrepressible interest in news in general as well as in the topics we cover (climate and energy, sustainability, cities, food)
• You’re excited about exploring innovative ways to use new media to tell stories in a fast-moving environment
• You possess a strong voice and have no qualms about using it
• Irreverent humor comes easily to you
• You know how to pursue a story online and offline, in social and traditional media
• Breaking news thrills you, but you don’t think aggregation is a dirty word
• You understand the way blogs work and how one story can unfold across multiple posts
• You’re happy working independently, also as part of a team

Compensation: Not Stated

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Writing Jobs 03/02/2012

Here are the brand new writing jobs for this week. If you would like even more writing jobs, then sign up for the Creative Competitor membership.

Copywriters Required

We are looking for a freelance professional copywriter to help part time write text and articles to promote a website specialising in IT Support Services
There will be continuous work on this and other projects for the selected candidate.

Compensation: To be discussed

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Freelance Copywriters

We are looking for a freelance professional copywriter to help part time write text and articles for a website specialising in hosting and colocation

Compensation: Competitive

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Copywrite UK Land Investment

We am in need of some damn fine perfectly English copywriting to complement
our design for a self-promotional booklet:

Compensation: Quote for the job

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Various Freelance Writing Gigs

Various web sites require content written in return for a fee per article. Its regular work and you can sustain a regular income by writing some articles each day for just a few of the sites.

Write when you want to, no pressure to accept work. Though do follow deadlines on certain sites where article projects specify a deadline.

Depending on your experience, you can earn a decent monthly income from higher rates or via your internet marketing skills.

Compensation: From $10 to $100 per article

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Writers Wanted for

Hey you. Yeah, you. Writer-guy (or girl). Are you hankering to have your work published? Do you need a new venue for your witty opinions on love, sex, culture, and the intersection thereof? Are you capable of turning out smart, punchy articles and abiding by deadlines?

Well, wants you. As one of the internet’s most well-established lifestyle and culture sites, is a premiere destination for smart denizens of the internet interested in reading compelling articles and starting lively discussions about them. And for a freelance writer, Nerve is a premiere destination as well: no pitch goes unread or unanswered, and sometimes, there’s real compensation (read: money) at stake!


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Talented Legal Writers
This Legal Technology Company is seeking qualified candidates to join our team of writers. We are looking for talented, motivated and trustworthy candidates who have a passion for the legal field and writing. Candidates are required to have at least a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited University, a WPM of 70 or more, excellent research and writing skills and proficient in Microsoft Word and the Internet.

The job of a legal writer involves producing articles for our legal website. Some of the writing a legal writer does includes, but not limited to: feature articles on legal topics, web content, news writing on the legal industry, attorney profiles, summarizing case laws and such.

Compensation: 30,000 year

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Freelance Copy Editor

This is a one-time assignment to copy edit a manuscript. Need to compare Word document to printed material, match up, organize, detail in order to put book in e-mail format. Work can be done off-site, but I’d like to meet with you once to review what’s needed. The book is about skin care and beauty, so some interest in that area would be a plus. There may be other opportunities to do more work in this area as various new projects arise.
Please send a cover letter and resume in the body of your email, not as an attachment.

Compensation:$25 per hour

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Editorial Director

My client, a prestigious publishing house in Manhattan, seeks an Editorial Director with a command of all aspects of book publishing who will have responsibility for content acquisition and book development, as well as managing a team of editors. This role requires excellent agent relationships, strong analytical skills and judgment, book development experience, negotiation skills, interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of success. This hands-on position will play a key part in the team and is an outstanding opportunity to acquire, evaluate, develop and edit manuscripts and proposals within the health/wellness/cookbook categories.

The Editorial Director will have extensive experience in managing author/agent relationships and negotiations, as well as an understanding of special sales and list management. Our ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to think and act strategically while having the hands-on skills to manage and expand a high quality, innovative publishing program. Candidates should be creative thinkers, team players, innovative, committed, goal oriented and have strong management skills and an entrepreneurial approach to publishing.

Compensation: £150,000-$200,000

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Writing Jobs 20/01/2012

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Entertainment Bloggers and Guest Bloggers

Starpulse is currently looking for creative bloggers and guest bloggers with social network skills to join our contributing writer network. We are looking for writers who can inform, report, enlighten, give thoughtful analysis, entertain our readers and start conversations. It is also important that you are able to promote your articles through social networks.

Does your blog or writing need exposure? Are you looking to increase your credibility and worth as a writer or journalist? Are you just passionate about entertainment? If so, Starpulse could be the platform you’re looking for.

Millions of visitors come to Starpulse every month to check out entertainment news and editorial from our in-house editors and contributing writers. We need writers like YOU to bring your own unique contribution and voice to our growing audience.

Compensation; None

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Newsletter/ Press Release Writer

We are an emerging global leader in the OTR tire industry. We manufacture and supply tires to some of the world’s largest mining companies, Original Equipment Manufactures, and the newest mining companies in the global emerging markets.

Job Description:

We are currently searching to fill a position for a Part Time to Full Time candidate who can assist us in news releases, media pitches, blog posts, newsletter articles, Web content, and other press materials as appropriate. The content will consists of employee announcements, organizational changes, company events and a variety of other internal and external communications that are critical. We are looking for a Candidate with exceptional writing and editing skills! The right candidate will be an innovative thinker, professional, outgoing, willing to work hard and interactive with gathering correct information from various sources. Please submit your resume along with previous writing sample.

Compensation: To be discussed

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Technical Grant Writer

We are a company that develops innovative tools to improve language access in the healthcare field. We are seeking a bright, motivated individual with a strong background in grant writing. The candidate should also have an interest in public health, the social service aspect of the healthcare industry, healthcare technology and familiarity with social and behavioral research. Specific tasks include:
• Writing and editing multiple NIH grant proposals;
• Conducting secondary research on the techHealth IT, language access issue in healthcare, while also identifying solutions and best practices for communication

Compensation: Hourly

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Short Stories/Fiction

Looking for self published and established writers to market your pre-edited books/short stories. Subject matter has to deal with African American fiction/non-fiction.

Compensation; Commission Structure

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Automotive / Technology Writer

If you have 10W-30 in your veins, writing on your mind, and know your way around the smartphone in your pocket, you might just be the writer we need for the automotive section at our consumer electronics website.

We’re US-based online tech and lifestyle magazine covering everything electronic — from the latest Apple iPad developments to innovations in the world of hybrid-electric vehicles. Our content spans from news, expert analysis and guides to in-depth reviews.

Right now, we’re looking to expand our automotive content with a freelance writer who can contribute a handful of articles daily on the latest in the car world. Since our site primarily covers technology, we need someone with a background in tech who can cover the intersection where cars meet gadgets: electric cars, GPS systems, innovative new electronic safety systems, autonomous cars, etc. And let’s be honest: While a tech angle is always in the back of our heads, we’re suckers for “just plain cool,” too.

Compensation; $15 per post

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Fun Writer Needed for Training Series

Need a quick, clever writer with experience writing textbooks or how-to guides to revamp a seven-part training module series. Content is for individuals looking to kick-start a small business in photo organizing–from starting an LLC, to working with clients, to the basic tenets of album design and layout.

Compensation; $3000 for the project

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Content Writer (NJ)

Content writer is needed for a full time job working on various projects from Edison NJ office. This is a full time job and you will be required to work 40 hours a week. If you have experience with social media and SEO is a big plus.

Compensation: Not stated

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Pinchit Seeks Writer

Pinchit is still seeking a brilliant writer to lead curation of its crowd-sourced editorial that unearths the best local experiences in New York

You will write city discovery articles to be featured on the front page of our website for over 100K local members, build a following of thousands of members, get exclusive invites to pop-up dinners and events with local movers and shakers, and build out a world-class team of writers that work together writing articles on the best local experiences. This is an incredible opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a hot startup with rapid growth backed by investors including DFJ and a Facebook Cofounder.

Compensation:Not stated

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Blogging Intern for Hot News/Entertainment Site

Seeking creative, sharp and enthusiastic writers for our hugely popular site – WIDK.COM

If you are interested in gaining experience, having a chance to get your name out in public – for a large and growing audience – and enjoying
posting unusual and fun articles, this might be a great opportunity for you.

The creators of this blog are entertainment industry legends that you will learn a great deal from.

The position is flexible in terms of hours and can be done either from your home or at our office.

Compensation: Not Paid

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Freelance Education/Grant Writers

Freelance Grant Writers for K-8 Educational Publisher

Benchmark Education (BEC) is an educational publisher in the fields of reading, English Language Learning, science, social studies, and math with a national presence. Please visit our website at:

BEC has an immediate need for free-lance grant writers. Applicants must have experience with K-8 curriculum in the areas of reading, language arts, and/or English Language Learning, at least three years experience in writing a variety of grants for education purposes, professional experience or education in teaching beginning reading, and knowledge/use of assessment, data, and school test scores.

Responsibilities include:

• Develop grant proposals including identification of needs, development of SMARTT goals and objectives, incorporation of applicable research and citations, project descriptions, program evaluation, etc.
• Use and interpretation of school test scores, relevant data, and sources of assessment
• Provide high-quality editing and proofing of grant proposals–must be able to proof and edit while writing
• Maintain positive communication with BEC
• Develop awareness of BEC product

Compensation: Not stated

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Writing Jobs 23/12/2011

If you fancy picking up a nice writing job before Christmas, then here is your chance…..

Creative and Computer Savvy Writer

Small office in Midtown in need of a technology-savvy writer for medium-term assignment. Must be technically knowledgeable and be able to handle a variety of miscellaneous tasks. Part of the writing will be for a technical trade show and part will be technical.

Skills helpful in this position are:
– excReal Estate Finance Writersellent writing skills

– tolerance for stupid questions
– anally detail-oriented
– science background

Compensation; $15 per hour

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Job Description:
Our client, an interactive advertising agency is looking for a freelance COPYWRITER (Pharma) for an upcoming project.

To be considered for this position you MUST have experience working on pharma campaigns. Consumer pharma with advertising background is IDEAL as you will be working a specific banner project.

Compensation; Not stated

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You MUST have experience writing full campaigns and DIGITAL experience is a HUGE plus!


Real Estate Finance Writers

Writers with expertise in residential and commercial real estate finance are being sought for free-lance assignments. Please forward C.V. and links to your published writing.

Compensation; Not stated

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Technical Writer

Technical Writer:
1. Write programming & installation manuals for custom installers of consumer electronic products by reviewing engineering documents & interviewing engineers & product development personnel.
2. Research & organize material & complete writing assignments according to established standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style & terminology.
3. Create (or select from existing) diagrams, photographs, drawings, sketches & charts to illustrate the operation of the products.
4. Outline need for graphical illustrations & create basic sketch for graphic artists to work from.
5. Maintain records & files of work & revisions.

Compensation: To be discussed

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Blogger/ Writer for Media Website

Looking to hire an active Blogger/Writer for a media based website. Must have prior experience writing and editing articles. Job consists of refreshing daily blog posts, news feeds etc.

Please reply back with a brief description of yourself, a recent picture and a contact number where you can be reached.

Compensation: Not stated

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Hipolitics Content Fellow Writer

We have recently launched Hipolitics — part media brand, part social movement — inspired by a new generation of young people who demand a new approach to politics and have an appreciation for cutting-edge culture from around the world.
Using new technology, captivating content, and perceptive personality, Hipolitics delivers an entirely new kind of politics, in a style and manner unlike anything else out there. With the 2012 U.S. election just around the corner, Hipolitics will be the place where young people are generating news, information, and opinions in a hip, organized, and sophisticated fashion.

Our beta site has just been launched, which is available via signup at:

Compensation; Per published post

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Writer Needed to Create a Blog

Newly launched business looking for copywriter. Work from home

You will need outstanding writing skills, have a degree in English/Journalism/Advertising and a passion for finance, small business and sports.

You will develop blogs and articles for the company social media sites.

We are a company that specialize in small business turnarounds an alternatives to bankruptcy. We are looking for someone who has the ability to draw comparisons with sports and business. You would need to be a keen American sport follower and current with it’s affairs. More importantly someone who knows small business and how the different business moves make the differences, just like sports. You need to be able to find the underdog, recognize what they are doing to succeed and again draw the comparisons.



Guest Blog for OWS

Are you a blogger / writer who’s passionate about a political or social cause? (Occupy Wall Street Movement, gay marriage rights, sustainability…) We’re offering you a chance at some significant exposure. Here’s the deal:

Head to and join or create an “ology”, aka group, that’s all about your cause or passion. Invite 15 of your facebook friends to join using the handy invite feature. Post a passionate/witty/touching/hilarious piece in your ology. Be creative! Your post should be about 150 words and/or you can include a video blog or image.

Compensation; Not stated

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Writing Jobs 25/11/2011

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Fashion, Beauty and Pop Culture Editorial Internship is a blog dedicated to covering fashion, beauty, pop culture and other women-oriented topics in an approachable, intelligent voice. We stress the value of community and forward progression. Our site totals about 2 million pageviews per month.

This internship provides an excellent opportunity to develop a real prowess within the broad scope of new media.

* Prior writing/blogging experience (must enjoy blogging!)
* Must have excellent communication skills and be highly organized, efficient
* Work a minimum of 15 hours/week

Payment: Unpaid Internship

Find out more here:


4 Bloggers/Writers Needed

We are an writing company contracted by companies such as 20th Century Fox,
Paramount Entertainment, Ford Motor Company, Google and more to provide content and proof reading.

We recruit people to fill 1000s of jobs for companies like this
every year.

Many of these jobs are simple online writing tasks, such as blogging
about a movie that you recently saw, commenting on what your opinion
is of a certain kind of car, proof reading simple documents and more!

We are currently in search of 4 local writers who are willing to work from home.

Payment: $100-$300 daily depending on experience

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Associate Web Writer

As a top global media company, Exec Digital is seeking a skilled writer to join our team. We are looking for someone who fully understands the “executive lifestyle” with a comprehensive knowledge of business, technology, marketing, gadgets, cars, fashion and beyond. It is essential that the candidate has a strong writing portfolio, extensive knowledge of web 2.0 marketing, web content management and social media.

Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
● Developing and coordinating content strategies for Exec Digital website and digital magazine
● Updating and maintaining online content of brand, including writing daily stories and monthly features
● Capability to understand audience to write strategically and deliver content in concise manner
● Develop relationships with audience for interviews, with a strict emphasis on achieving a-list magazine profiles and web stories
● Research topics online to share with the Web Content Team
● Edit and proof peer articles
● Have a positive/charismatic attitude in order to manager website and magazine effectively
● Strong sight of goals and an strong attitude towards doing what it takes to accomplish them

Payment: Does not say

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Seeking Academic Nursing and Others – Writers

Seeking freelance academic writers with a Canadian nursing background to work from home and get paid per project

Must have:
* A Masters Degree or PhD in at least one subject field from a North American university

* Able to write high quality CUSTOM WRITTEN academic papers very quickly

* Access to scholarly peer reviewed nursing journals and university level research resources

Payment: $10-$13 per page

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Online Content Writer

Need writer to write online contents.
You are paid a flat rate of $15 per web posting(usually very short) of 290-350 words (will be specified with each assignment). We have regular work, looking for a long term writer.

Fast typing and Google research skills is essential.

– Copywriting skill is a plus
– Excellent mastery of English grammar
– Great writer that write in concise manner with plain English;
– Basic SEO writing knowledge is a plus

Payment: $15 per post

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Freelance Copywriter (Vancouver)

Ashton College is dedicated to providing individuals with the education that they require to reach their professional goals.

We are looking for a freelance copy writer who has at least 3 -5 years of experience. This individual will be responsible for writing copy for our brochures, website, email blasts, newsletters and take on any other writing projects. At this time, this position is a short-term contract position.

Desired Qualifications and Skill Set

• At least 3-5 years of copy writing experience
• Exceptional writing skills and editing skills
• Degree in English, Journalism, Communications or related field
• Ability to compose copy for marketing material
• Ability to adhere to tight deadlines
• Team Player

Payment: To be discussed

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Travel Website Hiring (Virtual)

If you write perfect english we are hiring now.
Join the internets newest Travel Group and become part of something big
We offer a great salary and much more..Want to work from home?
We can do that with you….

Payment: To be discussed

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Writing Jobs 28/10/2011

Here are our latest writing job offerings hot off the press. As always, writing jobs get snapped up quickly so if any of the writing projects appeal to you, then send a well-written query email and earn yourself some cash. Please note that we do not endorse any of these writing jobs, these are all listed in the public domain.

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Health and Beauty Writers (Home)

Beauty and health product reviewer needed. Able writers to create product reviews for beauty companies on a regular basis. Work from home; assignments will be given via email and returned same, so internet access a must. Review will be specific and template given to follow.Must be able to review 25-50 every week at least. Strong language skills a must. Must be ready to meet deadlines.

Also openings for sales copy and experienced writers

Compensation: Depending on position

More details here:

Freelance Writer (Legal Blogs)

Westchester-based internet marketing company is looking for talented, creative writers to join our team. Writers will create original content articles based on online research for posting on a series of websites. Several positions are available. Lawyers, Law Students, English and Communications majors welcome.

Job Description:
Must be able to write compelling copy with impeccable grammar
Ability to do online research and prepare UNIQUE, compelling 350-400 word articles
Experience with WordPress required
Experience writing with keywords for SEO content required
Experience with legal and/or medical topics (a plus, but not required)

Compensation: Per Assignment

More details here:

Freelance Blogger Needed ASAP

Looking for a freelance blogger to assist in writing blog content for an exciting new start-up beauty company in New York. Duties would include writing weekly blog content and occasional newsletters. Work may also extend to additional areas of copywriting for the company.

Our beauty products are all-natural and designed for pregnant women.

Compensation: Negotiable

More details here:

Local Food and Wine Bloggers (SOHO)

We are a boutique wine store in the Murray Hill/Kips Bay neighborhood looking for NYC local food & wine bloggers to guest post on our blog (1 to 3 times per week). Write about wine, food, restaurants, recipes, cocktails, etc…pretty much anything related to eating or imbibing.

Email me your blog, facebook, and twitter or anything else social that is a good representation of you and your writing

Compensation: Internship and Discounts

More details here:

Calling all Copywriters

Creative Circle is a specialized staffing agency, representing creative professionals for freelance, full-time and freelance to full-time opportunities. We specialize in placing candidates working in digital, traditional, broadcast and mobile spaces.

Currently, our NYC based clients have available positions for skilled print and/or interactive copywriters.

Compensation: Not stated.

More details here:

Nutrition and Health News Reporter
Are you passionate about patient education and empowering consumers to better manage their health? Are you interested in joining an exciting and fast-paced health news publisher?

dailyRx is expanding its health news reporter team in Austin, TX and NYC, NY. Ideal candidates will be experienced health journalists with extensive interest and experience in the nutrition field in addition to online publishing skills.

Compensation: Not stated

More details:

Blogger/Writer   New York City and Tri-State area

Come join our Contract writer/blogger team! This is your chance to join us and become a part the healthy vending revolution.


Fresh Healthy Vending, the nationwide leader in healthy vending solutions is actively seeking knowledgeable and talented writers to compose blogs and other written material for our family of websites. Candidates will focus on researching and writing blogs and articles to educate our potential customers on healthy vending and leading a healthy lifestyle. Join our team and help promote our Fresh Vending Machines online by writing powerful, engaging and versatile copy.

15-20 hours a week
Compensation:$200 dollars weekly

More details here:

Crazy, Sexy, Cool Writers Wanted (London)

We are looking for writers and contributions for a new magazine. This is a 100% non-profit thing, so unfortunately no payment (yet).
We will be starting with an online issue first and hope to get a quarterly print started by 2012.
It is called Other Reality Magazine and we want to present News, Stories, Reports, Films, Images, Art, Comics, Opinions about the Other Reality that is being created all over the world in more and more Places, Projects and Minds. We want to connect the dreams and visions as well as the practical steps that are already been taken and developed to creat a new world, a new paradigm.

Compensation: None

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Fiction and Poetry

We are a new literary magazine now accepting submissions of short fiction and poetry for the publication of our next issue. This is a paid market. All themes and styles are accepted. We are a US-based publication, but we seek voices the world over, as our distribution has global potential.

Compensation:Poetry $20-100, Short Fiction $100-250

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Website Writer

Website Writer/Editor and Communications Specialist


We are one of the oldest and largest migration consultancies in the UK having been established in 1988. We run one of the top legal related web-sites in the UK and will use our expertise gained over many years to market our employment law services over the internet.

Ideally you should have the following qualifications/experience

A bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, English or related field,

Compensation: Provide details of your rates

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Writers Needed for VZ Magazine

VZ magazine is a new music magazine covering Indie/Rock/Folk. We are looking for writers to cover Album Reviews, News, Interviews, Blogs, & Concerts

Compensation: Salary

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    Writing Jobs 21/10/2011

    If you are interested in applying for any of these writing jobs then make sure that you respond quickly with a good introductory email. Writing jobs get snapped up quickly so don’t miss out. Check out our weekly Friday Writing Job listings right  here on the Creative Competitor.

    Social Media Expert/Blogger

    We are local start-up specializing in the fitness industry. We are looking for someone to take our social media campaigns to the next level. Part of this position will entail attending fitness classes in the Raleigh/Durham area and blogging about them on our website so a passion about fitness is critical.

    Compensation: $12 per hour +

    Find out more here:

    Fashion Streetware Blogger/Writer

    I’m a web developer for a clothing store here in Brooklyn that carries clothing brands such as True Religion, 10 Deep, Crooks & Castles, Entree Lifestyle as well as footwear brands like Nike, Jordan, UGG Australia, Adidas, Red Wing & more.

    We’re looking to expand on our blog and we’d like to work with a few experienced writers. We prefer people who are familiar with these brands because we will require some help writing product descriptions & articles about the brands/clothing as well as blog posts.

    Compensation:  $6 per approved 450 word post & $20 for 10 product descriptions

    Find out more here:

    Automotive Content Writer

    National automotive publishing website is adding automotive articles and car reviews to our website. A list of automotive related topics will be provided. All content must be 100% original and have 300 to 400 words.

    Automotive content writing experience is required.

    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) keyword integration into the automotive content is required.

    Compensation: Quote your price

    Find out more here:

    Freelance Copyeditors

    Freelance copyeditors
    AHA! is a strategic communications firm with expertise in writing. We’re looking for Portland-area freelance copyeditors with agency experience to be our go-to eagle eyes when our staff copyeditors need some extra help. Our immediate need is for occasional quick-turn and evening work, which could be done offsite, although there could be longer-term, onsite opportunities in the future.
    Specifically, we’re looking for professional copyeditors (read: not writers with an eye for spelling errors) who can review creative deliverables (typically copy decks in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint presentations or designed PDFs) for the following:
    • Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, mechanics and usage
    • Internal consistency
    • Adherence to client-specific editorial style.
    We need someone who can quickly absorb and apply the idiosyncrasies of a client’s corporate style guide while also spotting extra spaces and missing commas. Someone who knows the difference between an egregious error that absolutely must not stand and one that’s too technical to correct in the final stages of production

    Compensation: Based on experience.

    Find out more here:

    Watchdogs Wanted (Raleigh)

    Love to harass public officials and business bigwigs? Can’t wait to dig into the local government budget? Dream of visualizing school data? We want to talk to you.

    The Raleigh Public Record is looking for freelance reporters to develop and report news stories in Raleigh.

    We’re a nonprofit, online-only news publication serving Raleigh by reporting the stories that go unreported or under-reported by other area news outlets. Our topics include city and county government, development, environment, transportation, growth and community issues.

    Compensation: $50-$200 per article. Pay for investigative and enterprise stories varies by project

    Find out more here:

    Ghost Writer

    I have an idea about a book(booklet)LESS THAN 20 PAGES .
    I have funds for publishing on iPAD, kindle and guaranteed to make the HIT .

    I already have “”””””””””””””””””few thousands of customers””””””””””””””””””””””””” lined up through other project, that sold thousands in few days. People want and need this book ASAP!!!
    So it’s should be a piece of cake for a creative writer.

    I have the concept ready. I will provide guidance, specification and ideas. Your job will be to wrap up the project in nice words. I will give you exact specification for each chapter , with bullet points and developed concept, bunch of scramble notes and written ideas.

    How I describe this book(or booklet) : inspirational, mind blowing , result oriented, straight to the point , motivational ….. etc.

    Please Be positive person and have experience, some knowledge and passion about Self Improvement!

    Compensation: Negotiable

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    Get Paid to Write Reviews

    We are looking for iPad enthusiasts to get paid to review apps. Your opinions will help developers improve the quality & value of their apps. We are looking for writers, bloggers, and reviewers to give their honest feedback.

    Compensation:$25 for five reviews + cost of apps

    Find out more here:

    Golf Writers Wanted (Anywhere)

    If you are a writer who is also an avid golfer, professional golfer or golf instructor — Demand Media Studios needs your expertise.

    Demand Media Studios pays freelance writers from all over the country to supply professional content to our network of websites and we are currently recruiting golf experts for one of the web’s top golfing sites —

    This is a freelance position where you can claim and work on multiple articles at a time, allowing you to work at your own pace and earn extra money around your own schedule. Payment is a flat fee per article, paid bi-weekly via PayPal.

    Compensation: $15 per article

    Find out more here:

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    Writing Jobs 07/10/2011

    Writing jobs for 7th October

    If you are interested in any of these writing jobs, then don’t forget to apply in a timely manner as they will get snapped up quickly. If you like these jobs, then why not sign up for our Premier1 newsletter where you can have writing jobs, articles, discounts sent to you by email.

    Fashion and Art Magazine Seeking Contributors

    XXXX MAGAZINE, the “Untitled” Magazine, ( & is currently looking for writing contributors interested in writing on fashion and art topics for the print edition & blog. If you are interested in writing for the magazine, please send samples of your work + resume, noting where your writing has been published and some ideas for articles you think could be interesting.

    Compensation: Negotiable

    Find out more details here:

    Research/ Writing/ Managing/ Editing

    I am planning to self publish a book on politics and am looking for a person to help me take the completed draft from fact checking to finished book. It may involve some blogging. The person will help identify and select a book designer, help with the marketing, and all other aspects of the publishing process. Need someone with strong follow through, interest in politics, good digital skills, etc.

    Compensation: Full-time at the rate of $350-$500 a week depending on qualifications

    Find out more details here:

    Freelance Writer for New Fashion/Retail Blog

    We are launching an exciting new startup in the New York fashion / retail sector. In addition to web and smartphone applications, we will also be running a blog that will cover shopping in Manhattan, with a particular focus on in-store sales and discounts. We are a talented team that has a history of launching successful web businesses.

    We are looking for someone with experience blogging or writing about fashion and shopping in New York. This is an ongoing freelance position, with a commitment to post 2-4 articles a week. In addition to relevant experience in the industry, we are also looking for someone with the ability to write extremely clear prose in a casual, down-to-earth style.

    Compensation: To be discussed

    Find out more details here:

    Crime Reporter for CBS is looking for a freelance writer in New York City to join our crime reporting staff. The person in this position will handle producing blog posts and slideshows on breaking crime news. The position will last for three months.

    Candidates need a strong eye for detail with the ability to generate interesting angles on trends and breaking news. Candidates also need to have a firm grasp of CBS News standards and a strong journalistic background.

    Compensation: Not stated.

    Find out more details here:

    Copywriter- Beauty-Freelance

    Position: Copywriter – beauty – freelance
    Location: Manhattan
    Status: Freelance
    Estimated Duration: Weeks
    Starts: End of August
    Rate: DOE

    Job Description:
    Our client is a well known beauty brand and they are presently looking for a freelance Senior Copywriter.

    To be considered for this position you should have 7+ years of experience with a specialty in beauty, fragrance, fashion and/ or luxury. Looking for candidates who can do everything from marketing materials and ads to editorial.

    Compensation: Not stated

    Find out more information:

    SEO Writers – Anywhere



    Compensation: Competitive per assignment

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    Ghost Writer

    Looking for a published experienced ghost writer for self help book.
    Major Literary Agent network highly appreciated.
    The book is a cutting edge an operating system for human mind for 21st century.

    Compensation: $300

    Find out more here:

    Be A Wealthy Writer: Why Quality Equals Profit

    By Carmen Berry

    One doesn’t create wealth overnight-in spite of what the “get rich quick” scammers may say. Most of us have had experience, at least once in life, for being attracted to someone or something that was “too good to be true”. I know I have, and I’ve learned from my mistakes. While some do, it’s easy to get turned off by strong-armed sales pages that over-promote poor quality materials.

    I remember one writing coach who told me that her 40 page book would teach me how to turn my email list into gold. I know, I know, I shouldn’t have fallen for it. When I got her Ebook, it was indeed 40 pages; 40 pages of double spaced type at 14 point fonts with extremely large margins. That was the first and last time I purchased her products. I am very careful now who I trust, and I’m less quickly to part with my cash than I was in the past.

    1. Low Quality Products Undermine Trust

    Those of us who genuinely want to help people while we are providing for ourselves and our families need not worry about the scammers. Eventually, their false claims will undermine their credibility and no one will buy from them. But as our readers, clients and customers gain important knowledge and assistance from our writing and information products, their trust in us will grow. As their confidence in our materials increase, so will our revenues.

    2. Our Customers Will Respect Us if We Respect Them

    I’m sure you’ve read sales pages that give you the feeling like the writer thinks you’re a fool. I certainly have. The promises are outrageous and overblown-the language extreme and exaggerated. These promotions, and the poor quality of the product, are very disrespectful of your readers and buyers.

    People turn to you because they have serious problems to solve. They are struggling with issues that are disrupting or decreasing the quality of their lives. Your job is to provide them with real solutions to their very real problems. When you provide quality, you honor your clients and treat them with the respect they deserve. They will pick up on this and come to trust you more deeply as time goes on.

    3. High Quality Products Translate Into High Levels of Profit

    You and your customers benefit from the high quality of your materials. Provide real value and your products will be valued. Cut corners and create products that promise a new solution but is nothing more than a rehash of old ideas, and you will suffer as much as your customers.

    Everyone wins when you take the time and energy to create high quality books, training programs, coaching services and other informational materials. Don’t short change your customers, and they won’t short change you.

    For a FREE copy of my newest workboook, Make Your Hook Sizzle and Sell, a $17 value go to

    Are you having trouble finishing your book? Carmen Berry, MSW can help! She is a New York Times bestselling author who authored, co-authored and ghost written over 20 books with top publishers including Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Penguin. She has taught aspiring authors how to get published for 10 years. What could this same kind of success mean to your career?

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    Writing Jobs 01/10/2011

    Take a look at the writing jobs available this week. If you would like more writing jobs, sign up for our Premier1 Membership and have an abundance of writing jobs and articles sent through to you.

    Green Auto/Transportation Freelance Writer

    EarthTechling (, a rapidly growing Web site from Portland, Oregon focused on informing consumers about the latest in green technology through news, reviews and in-depth features, seeks a Detroit-based freelance writer to assist us in coverage of green transportation issues, particularly around hybrid and electric vehicle related news and features.

    To start, you’ll be freelance writing for us news stories M-F, 150-300 words in length, that are assigned to you from our editor. We are trying to educate consumers about what’s upcoming and positive about green tech as it spreads through their lives, while at the same time helping them to separate the wheat from the chaff around bogus green tech ideas.

    Compensation: $12 per article

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    Writer for Website/Seo

    Experince with google – local search and reviews. Please send CV and/or proposal.

    Compensation: Does not say.

    Find out more:

    Writer for Scuba Magazine

    Regional scuba diving magazine is looking for a local Maui resident who can write a story on scuba diving Maui. We’re looking for someone who is an experienced diver and a great writer, conversational in style, and able to give both a general overview of diving on the island as well as information on specific dive sites. Our magazine is read by beginning, intermediate, and experienced divers and many have been to Maui before, so it’s important that it appeals to a wide audience of divers..

    Compensation:Pay and Publication credits

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    Computer Related Article Writer

    We are looking for someone to write articles related to computer repair. They can be about reviewing new computers, troubleshooting existing problems, specific repair guides etc. They just need to be about computers and occasionally laptops. Articles should be 500 words long.

    Compensation: Writers to quote price.

    Find out more:

    Freelance Editor Required

    I’m looking for a freelance editor for my 320 page YA novel.

    If interested please see for more details.

    Compensation: Negotiable
    More details here:

    Content Writers Required

    Modern furniture distributor is looking for someone who can create content about furniture designs, trends, and mostly, about our furniture products. Contents of different length are needed for our websites, blogs, marketing materials and other website properties. There is a constant demand of writing materials each month.

    Requirements vary by individual project, and rates vary by article length needed. We will inform writers the rates and details of each task.

    Compensation: To be discussed

    More details here:

    Writer Required

    Creative, growing media company active in print, web, radio, and TV, is looking for an experienced writer with a witty, intelligent style to work with best-selling author on a variety of projects. Ideal candidate will have a demonstrated fluency in covering current events and social issues in an engaging and lively manner

    Compensation: Salary

    Find out more here:

    General Article Writer

    We are an educational media company focusing on test preparation materials. We strive to provide top quality content to our customers, and we are looking for writers who can provide this type of material.
    Our current needs include a general article writer.

    The duties include, but are not limited to:
    1. Working with our project managers to ensure that your work meets specifications.
    2. Providing top quality unique content.
    3. Responding to feedback in a timely manner.

    Compensation: Pay to be discussed

    Find out more details here:

    Writing Jobs 23/09/2011

    Every Friday we will publish the latest in writing job listings for writers so please bookmark the Creative Competitor and check out our site regularly.The following job listings have all been recently advertised online. We do not endorse any of the listings here and as with all Internet based advertisements, we recommend caution when applying.

    Technical Writer/Editor

    We are seeking to hire a technical editor for a full-time, on-site position. A competitive salary, insurance, retirement fund, housing and auto compensation are included.

    Responsibilities of this position include:
    • Writing and editing end-user guidance for consumer electronics (mobile phones, cameras, digital printers, etc.)
    • Evaluating user manuals and producing professional reports that recommend how to improve the documentation
    • Maintaining and applying style guides and standards at customer, project, and organizational levels

    We develop user guidance for many of the world’s most popular consumer electronics, manage translation for content that is distributed across the entire globe, and provide B2B communication consultation for several of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers.

    The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
    • Native English speaker
    • Minimum 4 years technical editing experience
    • Minimum 2 years experience dealing with end-user guidance
    • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (primarily Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
    • Proficiency with Adobe Technical Communication Suite (primarily FrameMaker, InDesign, and Acrobat)

    Compensation: Negotiable

    Further details:

    Travel Writing Posts  Edinburgh/Berlin/Madrid

    City Travel Review — – Gap project travel writing/researchers new positions 2012- Berlin, Edinburgh, Madrid.

    City Travel Review attracts participants/candidates each year to take part within our study/working gap placement programmes. Participants are usually undergraduates, post graduates, working young people taking a short sabbatical or those taking a gap year before or after University. Participants come from all different backgrounds, with the following purpose to gain valuable diverse working experience, learn a language from scratch or improve on foreign language skills already acquired. (Berlin and Madrid programme only) Many participants wish to gain a new experience possibly changing career direction in order to move into creative/history/arts/culture/language/media/communication/PR/journalism/research/travel writing/reviewing,design, photography/fashion industries. Participants are selected and usually placed in peer groups that have members of the team with complementary skills. The guide project is a project designed to test at all levels and is designed as a gap experience to add to the CV/resume. The actual guide produced upon completion of the team working project is displayed as an E-Book which is usually published with an IBAN number available to download online or ordered as a book by the public. Any profits made are kept solely by the participants themselves which always depend on the quality and how well the participants promote the guide after the programme. Participants are rewarded with bonuses in the form of project related activities, field trips, excursions, company visits and fun target related bonuses according to project deadlines being met.

    Compensation: Negotiable

    Further details:

    Work-at-Home Writers (Anywhere)

    Our company is currently seeking for freelance workers/writers with the ability to work from home. We are providing our writers with the opportunity to receive projects from employers in one or more of the following job categories:

    ● Creative writing
    ● Website content
    ● Tech writing
    ● Translation
    ● Copy writing
    ● Printing/pagemaker
    ● Sales copy.

    Working gigs are available in other fields as well (Administrative support, Business service, Design Arts and Multimedia,Web development, etc).

    Compensation: Depending on the project

    Further details:

    Writer/Organizer-Technology Lover and Researcher (Mid-Town East)

    We are a small technology firm that needs to get organized both literally, and on a company-wide level to give greater precision for accountability. This includes files, old computers, categorizing documents. As a small Midtown company, you would be required to wear many hats and be able to work independently.
    The person must be able to work at least 2 days a week.
    The person would be required to work Thursday afternoons 12pm-8pm, as well as other hours that are mutually agreeable.

    Compensation: $15 per hour

    Further details:

    Got a Razor Sharp Wit?

    Hellooo! We are a social commentary publication looking for talent. It’s pretty straightforward: if you make us laugh, we give you money. You’re happy. We’re happy. Society benefits. GDP increases. Flow charts, pie charts, graphs. Good times.

    What you need for this gig:

    (1) a sense of humor.
    (2) a digital stills camera.

    You’ll get to submit 10 submissions a month, at 8 dollars a piece. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. This is really is the perfect slacker’s job.

    To apply: submit two original photographs of anything – absolutely anything you want. It could be animate or inanimate, from a public space or a private one — and write a caption for it. Each caption should be comprised of at least one sentence, but preferably closer to a 120-word paragraph. Submit photos as attachments in your reply to this ad.

    Compensation: $80 per month

    Further details:


    Writer for Magazine (Port Chester)
    Freelance writers needed for each of the four categories below–to qualify, you must have a proven track record as you will be responsible for a complete section. Please apply to one section only, we are not looking for jack-of-all-trades:

    A.) “Home and Garden” Section. Responsible for coming up with fresh ideas and trends for the whole “Home and Garden” section. Article Topics: 1. Do-it-Yourself/ crafts projects; 2. Gardening; 3. Cooking/ Recipes; 4. Holiday Fare; 5. Ecology

    B.) “Life” Section. Responsible for coming up with fresh ideas and trends for the whole “Life” section. Article Topics: 1. Cover celeb biography; 2. Secondary celeb bio; 3. Travel; 4. Finances; 5. Books and Movies; 6. Last Word

    C.) “Health” Section. Responsible for coming up with fresh ideas and trends for the whole Health section. Article Topics: 1. Fitness; 2. Women’s Diagnosis and Prevention; 3. Women’s Health; 4. National event tie-ins: Heart, Diabetes, Breast cancer etc.; 5. T/B/D – Example: Self Improvement, Hygiene, etc.

    D.) “Style: Fashion and Beauty” Section. Responsible for coming up with fresh ideas and trends for the whole “Style: Fashion and Beauty” section. Article Topics: 1. Trending Fashion article/Layout; 2. Celeb View – Hollywood red carpet trends; 3. Beauty Products; 4. Optional Trending article; 5. Optional Trending article

    Compensation: To be discussed

    Further details:

    Eco Friendly Website Seeking Writers (Anywhere)

    Chosen by Time Magazine as of the best designed green websites, provides inspiration and information to help people create and maintain healthy living environments. We are looking for talented and enthusiastic writers. We are looking for a minimum 4 month commitment, contributing 1-2 articles per week, plus minimal data entry to continue to build the green products and services database. You will work primarily from home, so access to a computer and the internet is essential. We have monthly Skype calls and typically check in once a week. There will be an initial orientation/training session.

    Compensation: Non-Paying Internship

    Further details:

     3D Printer

    We need just a handful of great articles, by a few talented writers, to help jumpstart a new blog on 3D Printing ( We will pay $100 for a 1,000 word+ article. These are the requirements:

    – You have a good understanding what 3D Printing is
    – You have a significant social profile and will use these social networks to promote the article you wrote, upon publication (tweet, share, stumble, etc)
    – You are an excellent writer

    The purpose of the blog is to present articles on 3D Printer technology that interests, and is understandable by, the average technology reader. It’s not a hard core techie site for 3D hobbyists. But it’s for people interested in technology in general.

    Compensation: $100 per article

    Further details:
    Write about the Outdoors, the fastest growing local content network in the nation, is looking for experienced online freelance writers (Examiners) to write. Examiners are passionate local insiders who come from all backgrounds but have two main traits in common – a lot of knowledge about a specific topic and solid writing ability.


    We seek Examiners to write in our RECREATION category, focusing on one specific topic area, especially the following:

    ► Backpacking
    ► Camping
    ► Cycling
    ► Green Recreation
    ► Fly Fishing
    ► Hiking
    ► Mountain Biking
    ► Nature
    ► Outdoor Adventure
    ► Parks
    ► Trail Running

    Examiners write from a local perspective in the third person. This generally includes tips and useful information on upcoming events, specials/deals/promotions, vendor and product reviews, interviews, reports on national or global issues relevant to the topic along with local resources, and other topic-related articles.

    Compensation: Not stated

    Further details:

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    Writing Jobs 16/09/11


    Every Friday we will publish the latest in job listings for writers so please bookmark the Creative Competitor and check out our site regularly.The following job listings have all been recently advertised online. We do not endorse any of the listings here and as with all Internet based advertisements, we recommend caution when applying.

    If you liked these jobs, why not consider signing up for our Premier1 Newsletter which would be sent to you monthly and is filled with current job listings, writers markets, publishing news?

    Friday 16/09/11

    Simply- Seeking Entertainment Writers

    Do you have a passion for writing everything showbiz, pop culture and current events? If so, contact us about becoming a contributor at This is a start up site and we’re looking for motivated people who are looking to delve into, or expand on their already existing involvement in the entertainment scene. Writing samples required, please.

    We are looking for writers / vloggers (cute would help for the vlogging) to cover a variety of topics — movie, TV, theater, concert and DVD reviews, (Irreverent & fun attitude a must!) and your day to day “hot topics.”

    You will receive mentions in our PR Newswire press releases as well as world wide exposure within our a bio section — and the occasional swag. (Swag and PayPal monies will be awarded to *gifted* writers, as this is basically a NON-PAID position. That said, we are looking for writers that can see the forest beyond the trees. Rome was not build in a day and neither is a high profile entertainment blog. If you have no idea what I just said, don’t even think about replying.) Bottom line, worthy applicants will be part of the big picture — THE BIG PICTURE. (Contracts will be signed as needed and when the time comes, this is no B.S.)

    Compensation: Yes

    News Assistants-Union Square

    Law360, published by Portfolio Media, Inc. is an online daily newswire that covers breaking legal news for a sophisticated audience of lawyers at firms, corporations and government agencies.

    We are currently looking for News Assistants to join our NYC editorial team.

    Reporting to an Assistant Managing Editor, News Assistants will be responsible for the news gathering routines in Law360’s fast-paced and growing newsroom. Law360 currently publishes about 100 articles per day. News Assistants will be responsible for combing through court dockets and other public databases to find important legal developments, and pitching stories based on those developments for editors to review and assign.

    Upon meeting certain performance goals, exceptional News Assistants will be eligible to join the Law360 reporter apprenticeship program.


    Christian Writers/Bloggers NYC

    Does it excite you to talk about your Christian faith?
    Do you like most also have questions about religion?
    Do you have stories that the world needs to hear?
    Do you write your own blogs?
    Does everyone always love your Facebook/twitter posts?

    If so our opportunity may be for you!

    Who are we?
    We are a Christian website dedicated to connecting the world to Christ.

    What is the position?
    We are searching for 4 christian blog writers both (2)male and (2)female to create weekly installments of motivating, captivating, enriching and mostly intriguing discussions.

    Compensation: Does not state.

    Copywriter Creative Circle – Philadelphia

    Location: Philadelphia Suburbs
    Status: Freelance – 3 days a week
    Estimated Duration: Ongoing
    Rate: Up to $25/hr DOE

    Our client, a hybrid agency in the suburbs is looking for an onsite copywriter to join their team for a long term freelance gig.

    You will be responsible for a variety of projects including content management for a large pharmaceutical client. You will be working with the content of the website and reflowing content along with developing content outlines.

    In addition, there will be some weeks when you will be responsible for the copy for a number of print ads and collateral pieces.

    Compensation: Yes

    Writer- Warminster Philadelpia

    Launching on October 6, has an immediate need for a writer to develop and maintain a pipeline of quality content including a weekly column and the “features” noted in the library.

    Writing experience and a bachelor’s degree are required and the OnExcellence mission and objectives should resonate with potential applicants. Candidates should have excellent organizational skills and be committed to continuous improvement.

    Compensation: Yes

    Know Senior Living Facilities or Senior Health Services?

    We’re We think family caregivers and their senior loved ones should be armed with at least as much information about their residential care choices as the average restaurant-goer has about his or her dining choices. We’re building our local directory of senior services and housing from the ground up, and we want your help seeding it with well-written, detailed reviews.

    Our company was founded by people who have been caregivers in their personal lives, and, besides our directory, our site contains expert articles, caregiver forums, and a question and answer section.

    If you’re familiar with several assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, in-home care agencies, and adult day health programs (excluding any that have directly employed you) we’d love to pay you $10 per review (limit 5).

    We’re looking for reviews that reflect your personal experience of any facility or service, including personal anecdotes, observations, or details such as “I saw one of the staff comfort a distressed resident with a friendly joke” or “It seemed like a lot of the residents were just watching TV.”

    Compensation: Yes

    Website Review Writers Needed

    Free site sign-up is a new website that is topping the charts in South America. We are looking for some one to write a review about Free site sign-up and submit your review to our email address. You will be paid for a GREAT review, good or bad.

    Compensation: Yes

    Work-At Home Writers Needed

    Our company is currently seeking for freelance workers/writers with the ability to work from home. We are providing our writers with the opportunity to receive projects from employers in one or more of the following job categories:

    ● Creative writing
    ● Website content
    ● Tech writing
    ● Translation
    ● Copy writing
    ● Printing/pagemaker
    ● Sales copy.

    Working gigs are available in other fields as well (Administrative support, Business service, Design Arts and Multimedia,Web development, etc).

    We offer:
    – Hundreds of available projects
    – Flexible working hours
    – High pay rates.

    Compensation: Yes Contributor Required seeks well versed contributor for LFW. If interested, send clips and resume

    Compensation: Not Stated

    Running Late Writing Competition

    1st Prize: £200.00

    2nd Prize: £150.00

    3rd Prize: £100.00

    4th Prize: £75.00

    5th Prize: The Busy Writer Course

    6th Prize: Premier1 Membership  x 3 months

    Closing date: December 1st 2011

    Entry fee: £3.50

    Fancy winning yourself an early Christmas present? How does our top prize of £200 sound? All you have to do to win any of our fantasticwriting competition prizes is to write a story relating to our theme ‘Running Late’. How you interpret the theme is entirely up to you but we are looking for well-written, creative entries where the story is bought to life by your story-telling skills.

    You have 1500 words (excluding the title) but do make sure that you adhere to the wordcount.

    All entries must be original and previously unpublished.

    Entries must be written in English but we welcome submissions from writers worldwide.

    We prefer submissions to be made via email (within the body of the email) to Please write the competition title i.e. Running Late Competition in the subject line.

    Note: It can take some time to review and judge submissions received and we thank you in advance for your patience.

    Flash Fiction- 300 Word Challenge

    1st Prize: £100

    2nd Prize: £50

    Closing date: 25th November 2011

    Entry fee: £2.00

    Write a story around the woman in the photo.  You can be as creative as you like with your interpretation of the image but you only have 300 words (excluding the title) to impress us. So do make every word count.

    Your entry must be original and previously unpublished.

    We prefer submissions to be emailed to us at Please remember to write Flash Fiction 300 Word Challenge in the subject line.Tip: Check your entry thoroughly before submitting.

    Please pay your entry fee online by using PayPal. If you wish to send your entry to us by post, please note the change of address.

    It can take time to review and judge submissions received as we read each and every entry. We appreciate your patience whilst entries are judged.

     Image: © Andrey Andreev |

    The Mystery Fiction Competition Winner

    1st Prize: £100.00 Roy Peters

    2nd Prize: £ 50.00 Julie Walters

     The story had to include:

     Ellie Lacey

    A stolen jewellry box

    A photograph.

    Echoes of Time

    by Roy Peters

    All I had left of the woman who haunted my dreams and spurred me on to my greatest achievements was the aging photograph. Ellie Lacey, my great grandmother who had died shrouded in mystery and tragedy and the story had woven a place in my heart forever.

    My mother had talked of her a great deal when I was young, prompted by my inquisitive boyish curiosity, we sat in the hearth and roasted chestnuts in the open fire at Christmas and talked of how our dwindling family had once been great, until Ellie Lacey had allegedly betrayed those around her and had stolen an exquisite jewellery box-no one knew why she did this but I knew there would have to be a good reason. To my small ears, Ellie had sounded wonderful even though, through the years she had been marked as a prostitute, a home wrecker and a witch.

    ‘How could she have been all those things?’ I had innocently remarked. I remember well, the sensation of my mother running her smooth, cool fingers over my head, comforting me even though I didn’t realise the atrocities of her death. All I knew at that tender age was that she had died accused. As I grew older, I realised there was far more to the tale than my mother had revealed, the story had been softened for that young boy but as a man, the need to know my family background was strong and Ellie seemed the ideal starting point. I had no brothers or sisters and my mother was ill. Soon I would have nothing left but memories and history.

    Ellie’s legacy was strong. I had inherited her love of herbs and enjoyed earning about the medicinal qualities. Her love of gardening had been passed to me too and I tended the home of my childhood with a great deal of love and care. One part of my garden had been dedicated to Ellie, the message hidden within the flowers that I planted. My mother knew I think but said nothing. I just caught her looking at me quizzically sometimes and a faint smile upon her lips, sometimes I would find her sat in that shady bower, reading, her long brown hair tumbling over her shoulders. She said she found the place both spiritual and peaceful.

    All that was so long ago. Now death was waiting eagerly for my mother to pass and I too longed for that moment because I couldn’t bear the pain that she was enduring. She was only half the woman I remembered, the cancer was eating her alive and her face was haunted and hollow. Only the day before, she had made me go into her bedroom cupboard and pull out a large, old wooden box that was covered with dust. She made me promise not to open it until she had passed away and I had promised. I had stored it in my bedroom desperate to know its secretes and yet, knowing when I did, that my mother would be dead. She had clung to me that day, her eyes wide and staring, whispering that I must be my own man and forge my own future, I must not live in the past. I didn’t really understand what she meant but I kissed her sweating forehead and told her to sleep.

    And now as I stand in her room, I know the end is near. I want to cry as I see her thrash in pain. Convulsions, headache, impaired vision and abdominal pains all symptoms of the poison I had slipped into her glass earlier. I think she had known as her eyes softened and misted but she took the glass from me, desperate for release.  Her cries are ripping me apart, I want to stay with her and hold her hand, tell her I love her, I want to see her through from this world to the next but I can’t bear to see her suffer and I hate myself for running out of her room and locking myself away.  

    I sit on the floor, whimpering like a child and I realise that I am not strong at all. She has stopped crying out my name now and I know that it is all over. I feel more alone than I imagined would be possible. I reach for the box that she bequeathed me and my breath catches through my tears as I see a beautiful jewellery box within and an abundance of other precious items. In an instant, I know that my mother had kept every last item that belonged to Ellie. I can barely focus on all of the items because the tears keep welling up but there are letters, necklaces, rings, a journal, and her herb books. I feel overwhelmed by it all and the past moves a little closer to me. At last I am going to find out the truth.

     As I read her journal, I learn more about Ellie than I could ever have imagined. She wrote beautifully and honestly and recorded every thought and feeling including her affair with a married man. I search to find his name but it seemed that even in her journal, Ellie couldn’t break the silence surrounding their affair. The love she felt for him oozed from every page and I couldn’t put the book down. On the last page, her handwriting was blurred in places as if she had been crying whilst capturing her thoughts and as I read, I could finally understand why. The love of her life had died at her own hand, not with malice but to protect him from pain and suffering as his illness was long and fatal.

     Our lives were inextricably linked and sadness permeated through every pore and the air felt heavy and desolate around me. Was this what my mother had meant when she had said I must be my own man and not to live in the past? Both my life and Ellie’s were bleeding into one. At that moment our connection was strong and I felt her pain as much as I did my own, she had killed to protect as had I but Ellie had paid the price with her own life. The shadow of my guilt was heavy but I still had a chance to forge a good life for myself and bring honour to my family name. Unless, I like Ellie am caught and made to pay for my sins.

    Past Love


    1st Prize: £100 Christine Penny

    2nd Prize: £75 Mike Mills


    The Truth Will Out

    By Christine Penny

    The rat! The absolute rat! Laura fumed. How could he? She had never felt so humiliated in her whole life. Fighting back the tears, Laura felt a surge of anger so strong that she knew if Luke Adams was stood in front of her now, she would punch him right on the nose.  Emerging from the offices of Holby and Grantham and struggling to hold back the tears, she walked resolutely out into the busy market square.

    Throngs of people were already emerging into the sunlight having escaped from the confines of their offices, Laura silently fumed as she stomped across the square desperate to find haven in her friend’s coffee shop. She hated people seeing her cry but the tears threatened to fall and she needed to release the valve. Almost running down the quaint street in her eagerness to get to her destination, Laura finally made it to the Hot Spot coffee house and sighed with relief. Sasha took one look at Laura as she emerged from the office, stopped in her tracks, and carefully handed a tray filled with steaming mugs of coffee to a nearby waitress, ushering Laura in and closing the door behind them for privacy.

    “What on earth is wrong?” She queried, pulling a chair out for Laura as she burst into tears “Did the interview not go well?”

    “It went brilliantly and it’s my dream job” she sniffed,””They even wanted me to meet the Head of marketing who would be my direct manager”

    “Well, that’s not sounding so bad?” Sasha said slowly, “Or am I missing something?”

    “Luke happened” Laura sighed, wiping away her mascara streaked tears, “He is the Head of Marketing. I always knew he would do well in life, but I never expected that he would be running the Marketing department over there. “

    “Your ex Luke? Oh no” Sasha wrapped her arms around Laura and hugged her. “I’m so sorry”

    “That man is determined to ruin my life” Laura cuddled in to Sasha and wept freely wishing with every part of her body that she had never met Luke.

    He had been the love of her life. When they had met he had been her Team Manager in a small Marketing and PR firm and although she had tried to resist him, in the end she had succumbed and her life changed in an instant. Their relationship spiralled and intensified until eventually Luke asked her to marry him. The wedding plans gave Laura something to focus on and she handed in her notice so that she could ensure the big day went smoothly. With hindsight, Laura realised that had been her fatal mistake, Luke had fallen in love with her business minded creative energy and not someone who pandered to his every whim and hung on to his every word. How stupid of her to have put her own life on hold and just focussed on him. Bringing her attention back to the present, Laura sighed and smiled weakly “I’m an idiot”

    Later that night, Laura padded around her small apartment listlessly. This had been the first place she could find to rent after moving out from Luke’s but it felt like home now, beautifully furnished, it had become her bolthole for the last couple of months. It cost her more than she could afford though and as a result Laura had used up the biggest part of her savings, so her need to start working again was real enough. She had been fortunate to earn a little by freelancing but her heart hadn’t been in work mode for months and now that emotionally, the wounds had been healing, her perfect job had been pulled out from under her by the very same man.

    Sitting on the balcony overlooking the bustling side streets, she felt strangely alone. She had never envisaged her life being this empty. Where had she gone wrong? She had been convinced that Luke was the love of her life. Since the breakup, Laura had shut herself away, hardly leaving her apartment, screening her calls in case he rang, but disappointingly he never had. Losing him had been a bitter blow but knowing that he hadn’t even tried to find her was worse somehow, at least to her pride, but maybe it had been a blessing. Feeling the light warm breeze and the last of the summer sun before autumn commenced, Laura turned her face towards the sky and tried to stop thinking about all she had lost.

    The sound at her front door was insistent, ominous and she made her way to the door, her heart racing. Laura couldn’t contain her surprise when she saw Luke in the corridor and her heart skipped a beat. His hair, with fetching silver strands looked ash blonde in this light and his perpetual tired features looked strangely appealing.

    “May I come in?” She stood back to allow him access and shut the door sombrely behind him. “Nice place”

    Her hear was beginning to race again, just being near him was enough to turn her stomach inside out in knots” What do you want?”

    “I want you to take the job. You are the perfect person for it, we both know that” He stepped forward and touched her arm, and she shivered” We can turn the clock back Laura, start afresh, we will make a great team again”

    “Turn the clock back? You mean with us?” Her breath caught in her throat, wasn’t this just what she had waited to hear?

    “It will be fun” He laughed, displaying perfect white teeth, there was even a glint of mischievousness in his eyes, how she had loved that about him. “We will have to be discreet of course, but hell that will just make it more fun”

    “Be discreet? Of course but..why?”

    “I’m sort of involved with the MD…….but it’s not serious…I just needed to get my foot in the door, you know how it is, where as you and I…”

    Laura stepped back sharply, her breath caught beneath her ribs…she couldn’t believe that she was hearing this. She looked up at him, searching his face in amazement, was he so confident of his looks and his power over her that he thought she would accept that romantic crumb? “Was this why you finished with me?”

    “I didn’t expect you to move out and disappear, I just wanted us to cancel the wedding and lie low for a bit. Don’t look like that Laura, you are taking this the wrong way, this is business and she is my stepping stone to success”

    As if in a blinding sense of realisation, Luke’s smooth veneer dropped and she could see him finally for the man he really was and job or not, he certainly wasn’t worthy of her.

    Throwing him out gave her the most satisfaction ever, the pompous, arrogant man. She was too angry to cry over him again, and suddenly she was so glad that he had come to see her as her emotions had finally turned full circle and she now had closure.

    Sitting on her balcony overlooking the street, she watched him slope off, his hands in his pockets, head bowed. His ego for once was massively dented she realised and she wanted to laugh out loud. As the sun gave one final burst of warmth, Laura decided she would seriously start job hunting tomorrow as she was ready to commit 100% to the role and get her career back on track, but she would definitely give Holby and Grantham a miss. A lucky escape if ever there was one.

    The Announcement Winning Submission

    1st Prize: £75.00 Nicole Webb
    2nd Prize: £50.00 Dan Lloyd

    Fingers Crossed

    By Nicole Webb
    It had taken her some time to actually write the announcement even though it was only a few words but it was for The Times newspaper after all, so she couldn’t write any old thing and these things had to be done properly if they were going to be done at all.

    Jenny sighed, she still wasn’t sure of her wording but at least the basics were in place.  She remembered back to her time in school, it seemed like eons ago but her shrill toned, shrew-like teacher had constantly berated her for going ‘all round the houses’ when it came to her story-telling.

    ‘Keep to the point Jenny, the story must flow forward and not meander aimlessly’.

    She put the advert down, there were too many words and at this rate, the expense was going to be huge. Time was on her side however as the deadline for publication was a few days away and she knew that she would be pouring over the words in the coming hours. It was very important that the ad did what it was supposed to do and that the message was loud and clear. Something of that significance needed to have time spent on it. 

    Jenny stared out of the window whilst she waited for the kettle to boil. Her garden was small but unkempt and it was just one of the many jobs that needed doing since she had moved in. Discontentment hit her like a wave, she felt so lonely and so isolated. Her box-like house might be on a large housing estate but she saw no one. The neighbours seemed busy with their own lives and her dreams of sharing a cup of tea over the garden face whilst having a good natter had shrivelled and died.

    As a child she had seen her mother chatting to all of the neighbours as she indulged in her gardening passion but then her mother was amazingly green fingered and everything she touched flowered in a burst of colour and enthusiasm. People had stopped to admire the abundance of colourful displays when they walked by and Jenny wished she had taken the time to learn, to study and to understand her mother more. Her own colourless garden made her feel nostalgic for the childhood that had been warm and full of giving.

    When her father had died, Jenny had just rebelled partly with the shock of losing him and partly because she could. She had wanted to escape, make her own way in the world and not have to witness her mother’s devastation at losing her husband of thirty years.  She couldn’t stand the endless tears, not when her own grief was tightly knotted together inside of her.

     Switching off her emotions had been her salvation but also the cause of a great divide between her mother and herself. It was too late for regrets of course, because the chasm that had opened up between them seemed too enormous and now Jenny had moved whilst her mother still lived in the same rambling old house of her childhood. Happy times tinged with rebellion. Jenny realised that she hadn’t been a very good daughter.

    Tea in hand, Jenny returned her focus to her advert. She had to make the announcement stand out, it had to say all the right things but in a simplistic way. That wasn’t going to be easy but space was limited as was her money and the advert wasn’t going to be cheap.

    She had never been one for contemplation previously but her changed circumstances had made her grow up of late. Years of rebellion had finally given way to a maturity beyond her years; she felt thirty but in fact, was only just twenty five, a lifetime of experiences within a ten year span where she had cared for no one but herself. ‘Selfish, spoiled little girl,’ she could hear her mother’s contemptuous words lethally sharpened and enough to dent her self-imposed barrier.

    Finally, when her mother had snapped and had packed her belongings up, Jenny had stormed out with all the fiery muster of a sixteen year old bent on hell-raising. That had been the last time she had seen her mother. Nine long years wasted.
    Jenny turned back resolutely to her advert, time to focus, time to say the most important things and the rest would follow, hopefully later….
    Hands trembling, she re-wrote the advert – a half page spread that could change her life:  Melissa Talbot – You are cordially invited to the one year birthday party of Timmy Jonathon Talbot – 21ST December. She typed her contact number and then sat back in relief. It was direct and to the point and her mother would appreciate this formal approach, she so liked things to be done the right way. She would like the fact that Jenny had named her son after her father too, a sign of respect and love.
    Jenny looked down at her sleeping son, and stroked his golden hair ‘You’ll soon be able to meet your Grandmother, my darling boy’ she said softly. ‘Fingers crossed’.

    Writing Tip of the Week 1

    If you are applying for writing jobs, don’t make it a static proposal, give a little of yourself and allow your potential client to see the real you. Being professional is great but it’s still important to build rapport with a client. Writing jobs don’t just land in your lap and you are far more likely to secure that writing job if they know they are working with someone who is easy to communicate with.


    Writing Competitions – Behind the Scenes

    If you enter any of our writing competitions, I can appreciate the anticipation, nerves and frustration as you wait anxiously for news of how your submission has done. After all, you have poured heart and soul(hopefully) into your entry, edited profusely and finally, sent your ‘baby’ in for assessment but lots happen behind the scenes once you have sent us your work and I thought I would share this with you all, so that you understand the process.

    Firstly, the process is not a quick one and some of you may know that already. Unfortunately it can take some weeks, even months for us to be able to complete the process and make careful and considered decisions about the winners. We pride ourselves on choosing the best entry for that particular competition and to do that we have to read each and every entry, carefully. There are no shortcuts when judging writing competitions, each have to be scrutinised carefully and often read and re-read several times.

    So what do we look for when judging writing competitions? Well, that’s fairly easy.

    A well –written submission in the first instance will earn an additional review but what we are looking for ideally, is a strong storyline (fiction) and one that holds our attention. A unique interpretation of the theme if provided, will also enable us to give more consideration to the submission. Even those that are well-written however will not probably have much chance of going further if we receive pretty much the same storylines throughout, check out our competition writing experiment on how to avoid this. If a theme is provided, the chances are that some submissions will be similar but for you to do well to do well when entering writing competitions, it’s important to make your idea unique.

    We also are unlikely to shortlist those submissions that have not been spell-checked and contain a mass of grammatical errors as it is a distracting read and why should someone win with a poorly prepared entry in comparison to someone who has taken time and care with their work? This doesn’t mean of course that the odd spelling mistake will make us discard the entry, but sometimes the amount of errors are unbelievable. We want submissions that grab our attention, and seek out highly original submissions either as an idea or in its interpretation. We want submissions that stick to the word count, are believable and compelling. Once we have found those submissions, they go into the short listed pile and then they are reviewed again, usually after a period of time, where we can consider them with fresh eyes.

    The short listed pile may be quite substantial so we eliminate more following sometimes intense discussions and then systematically (again over a designated time frame) will keep reducing the numbers. As you can imagine, this process is timely but it is fair and gives every writer, previously published or not, a fair chance at winning one of the prizes. Sometimes we dispute between ourselves which writer should win the top prize and again, the selection process can be delayed in those circumstances until we manage to come up with the winner unanimously.

    Some competitions receive hundreds of submissions, but many submissions are disqualified immediately due to arriving after the closing date (yes really) or not having paid the entry fee (yep, we get those too) or by sending us a submission that is way over the designated word count! We also receive those that have nothing to do with the given theme or who have sent a covering letter to say that although their entry doesn’t stick to the rules, they just had to send it.

    We love our role in being able to tell a writer that their submission has won them a prize, it’s a great feeling but sometimes judging is difficult, and by the very nature of our website, with at least two competitions a month, we have set ourselves quite a task and a continuous process which takes time to follow through and as a small team, well, we can only take our time and try to get it right.

    Writing competitions offer writers a fantastic opportunity to earn some extra cash and some writing kudos, it looks great on a writers C.V. for example and shows- imagination, ability, creativity, focus and an ability to follow the rules. But spare a thought for the poor judges who desperately try to award the best entry against hundreds of others in any of one of our writing competitions.

    You Can Make Money Writing

    Websiteby Annette Young

    Through my work as a writing tutor, I am aware just how many talented writers there are out there and whilst all are in various stages of development, many could make money writing articles or by selling their short stories but I have noticed that many people have a real lack of self-confidence regarding their creative abilities.  

    I do remember how difficult it can be to make that jump from amateur to professional status and it is a scary leap of faith in your own abilities but if you don’t do it and trust in yourself, how will you ever succeed in your writing?

    First of all, it’s important to consider what you want to achieve with your writing and hand on heart, be honest  if you want to make money writing or whether  you are happy to just enjoy the creative process.

    If you  do really want to make money from writing then you need to put yourself and your writing on the line.

    I would suggest in the first instance that you earn a few published writing credits whether paid or unpaid as this will give you invaluable experience. Try free  article writing for directories or by offering your services to any website like the Creative Competitor. This will provide a good stepping stone in terms of motivation and self-belief, provide a few published writing credits and then once you are sure that you can write with conviction and confidence, then you are ready to start generating query letters.

    Just remember that writing professionally means putting in the practice first, don’t skimp on this aspect as the more you do, the better you will become. Writing should be second nature and an important part of your life. I have to admit I am addicted to writing,it’s a passion, a way of life and if you feel the same, are ready to commit to your goals, then you really can make money writing!

    How to Win Creative Writing Competitions

    Even the most accomplished writer is unable to win every competition they enter but a little forward planning and inspired creativity can boost the chances of winning creative writing competitions more regularly. I became addicted to writing competitions many years ago and had a few modest successes in the early days and then through increased focus and commitment, started winning more. Am I a better writer than everyone else? No, but I am very determined to succeed and writing is my life so I also put 100% into every creative project. If you want to win  creative writing competitions, then don’t play at it half-heartedly, as the editor of the Creative Competitor I see thousands of submissions each year and whilst sometimes the standard is excellent, other submissions can be unappealing and even badly written.

    Self motivation and commitment are key factors for every successful writer, there is no doubt in my mind that you can learn the relevant techniques and skill-set to become successful. What you lack for in qualifications, you can more than make up for with imagination and determination through trial and error. You also need to utilise every ounce of imagination at your disposal and this can mean growing that creative muscle until it expands and works at will. Once you get into the habit of entering writing competitions regularly, your imagination will kick-start quickly. I would always suggest sourcing your own list of writing competitions and checking out the rules carefully before entering. You also need to think your idea through thoroughly before submitting to  make sure your idea is powerful and that it will stand out from other entries.

    Its hard trying to acquire the mindset of a competition judge but to a certain degree, you do need to be fairly analytical as regards your submission.

    I have put together the following tips to help you increase your chances of winning the creative writing competitions of your choice:

    1. Have you checked all of the rules including word count and closing date?
    2. Does the competition theme inspire you?
    3. Have you planned your story sufficiently before writing?
    4. Is your idea fresh and most of all, compelling?
    5. Are your characters(if any) larger than life?
    6. Are you sure that your storyline hasn’t meandered unnecessarily?
    7. Does the storyline flow?
    8. Will the reader be able to relate to the storyline? (Depending on competition theme)
    9. Have you checked out previous competition winners to get a feel for why they may have won?
    10. Have you spell-checked?

    There is always a certain amount of luck involved with winning creative writing competitions but if you put your heart and soul into your entry, then you increase your chances of securing a fantastic prize and obtaining publication.

    Free To Enter Writing Competitions

    I’m often asked why I don’t publish free to enter writing competitions, when in actual fact I do.  There may not be as many but the reality is that writing competitions have to be funded in one way or another and it’s not reasonable to expect this to come out of the Creative Competitor coffers continuously.

    On a personal level, I would love to be able to fund more free to enter writing competitions but in a business sense, it’s just not viable.  The entry fees are there to cover the competition prizes and so are essential. When planning a free competition, I often try to provide prizes that I can willingly give away and where my own time is impacted more than digging into the bank account. A free coaching session or writing course is a nice prize to be awarded and it also helps to increase future publishing potential as these prizes are geared towards the individual. Of course there are sometimes the opportunities to source sponsorship and this can provide some interesting prizes as a result.

    The Premier1 members do receive cash prizes and they also have designated monthly free to enter writing competitions in their Write to be Published magazine, this is just our way of saying thank you for being loyal subscribers.  In the main, I try to provide writing competitions with generous cash prizes and often minimal entry fees, it may be surprising but my goal with the Creative Competitor is about helping writers to achieve their potential and giving them a creative boost. Whilst free to enter writing competitions offer that same benefit to those who participate, the Creative Competitor wouldn’t be around long if business sense went out of the window.