Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Newspaper Fillers

I don’t read many newspapers but they are often a good source of writing ideas and market opportunities. The Telegraph was brought to my attention by a writing colleague whose article won the weekly competition. The second one I found by accident when I bought the Guardian one Saturday.

There may well be many more such opportunities in newspapers; I just haven’t come across them yet!

The Telegraph

This an online competition to email a travel related piece of no more than 500 words. The prize is £200 in the currency of your choice from the Post Office. The site has a good list of previous winning articles so you can get a feel for the kind of thing they like.

Full entry details, terms and conditions can be found here.

The Guardian

The Saturday edition has a Family Life section, where there is the opportunity to send in your favourite Snapshot, recipe for We Love to Eat, or song for their Playlist, all revolving around family life or memories. They pay £25 for each one they publish (it’s gone down from what it used to be!).

Full details from the newspaper. Read some of those published on their website to get an idea of what they want.

Good luck,

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