Word Cloud

September is fast approaching, and whilst I haven’t got a date for moving yet, there are big changes on the horizon. I’m getting a new home, and a garden, and the website is getting a revamp – more on that later, but I’m hoping that will be in October. The new design is clean, clear and very modern, and works very well on mobile devices. It will also be a lot simpler to navigate, for me as well as for you!

Whilst I’m otherwise engaged working my way through that lot, I thought we could re-run a successful event from 2011: Write Club. Write Club is my guest posting competition, and for the month of September I am opening up the blog to guest posters – anyone who feels they can write a post on a relevant topic is welcome to enter. (I am not going to edit your posts (which wouldn’t be fair), so I suggest you get your spelling and grammar in order before you send them 🙂

There are five rules:

  1. Blog posts have to be 1000 words or less. They can include photos if you own the rights to them and send them in a suitable format.
  2. Your topic has to be within the gardening/ environment/ sustainable living genre, but feel free to write about things I don’t normally cover, because that’s part of the point.
  3. Do not be rude. No swearing, no libel, no inflammatory comments. This is a friendly place, don’t upset people. It will be me that has to deal with the fallout.
  4. Carrying on from 3), I reserve the right to refuse to publish your submission. Hopefully if that happens we can work on an acceptable version together, but at the end of the day if we can’t then you don’t get to play.
  5. If you’re submitting a guest post to this blog then it has to be your own work, and it can’t have been featured anywhere else online before (Google frowns on duplicate content). DO NOT COPY other people’s work; I will be checking for plagiarism and pre-existing work before I accept your entry.

Write Club is as much about blog readers as guest posters, and it’s the public that will pick the winner! I will determine the most popular post, based on the number of comments, Facebook Likes, Tweets, and Google+ mentions it receives (based on the information displayed on the social media counters on each post).

The prize for the most popular post will be a £20 gift voucher for the gardening company of your choice (or the equivalent in your currency if you live outside the UK).

Every reader who leaves a comment on one of the guest posts during September will be entered into a draw to win a copy of Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs. One comment per guest post per person will count as an entry into the draw.

As the voting system relies entirely on social media you can promote your own pieces to your heart’s content – which does leave the competition open to a bit of abuse, but I reserve the right to disqualify entries that resort to unfair tactics like tweet robots. Fortunately you can’t vote down other entries – a negative comment will count towards the final total in just the same way as a positive comment.

Whether you submit your piece at the beginning of September or towards the end is up to you – you may feel there’s an advantage in it being online longer, or that a sprint finish would suit you better. Your choice – I will be posting each entry in the order they are received, one a day unless I am absolutely inundated!

To enter: Email entries to akgpodcast@gmail.com with the subject line “Write Club”. Submission of an entry does not guarantee publication on the blog. If you have any questions then ASK! You may find it helpful to read the entries from 2011, and/or the writing prompts I suggested back then.

Happy writing!