Monday, January 18, 2010

Re-Use Material for Success

One of my students, John Price emailed me last week to tell me of his latest success.

"I'm pleased to tell you that I've had an article accepted for the Olden Life column of The Oldie, for a very acceptable £150. I included an anecdote about Pasha Cigarettes in a piece I wrote as part of Assignment 3. As I hadn't sold that, I did a bit of research on the infamous cigarettes and other people's memories of them and the result will be in the next issue!"

This is a great example of how you can re-use your material. John had originally written his article for assignment three and then sent it off to his target publication. This had been rejected, but instead of putting it to one side, John took an element from this piece and used it as the basis for another article. Just because an idea didn't work in one article, it doesn't mean to say that it won't work elsewhere. And because John went to that effort, he's now £150 better off!

Here's an opportunity for the travel writers amongst you (And perhaps those of my students who've tackled the Assignment 6 travel article and want to re-use elements of their idea for another opportunity!). Rob Innis forwarded details of this travel writing competition to me. Heritage magazine are looking for Britain's best amateur travel writers. This does mean that the topic of your article needs to be UK related, but that doesn't mean that you have to be a UK-based writer to do that!

Here's more information:

Perhaps you have taken a stroll around a magnificent castle in the Scottish Highlands, enjoyed an unforgettable ride on a steam train in Snowdonia or think you have found England’s most spectacular stately home and gardens? All we ask is that your story is about your experience of visiting a site of historical interest in Britain. The inspiration for your tale could be anything from a day trip to a historic city or village to a weekend spent exploring your favourite stretch of coast or countryside. Perhaps you want to share your wonder at finding an incredible stone circle or Roman ruin, battlefield or battleship? Just remember, the more entertaining you make your story the more chance you have of winning the vote of our judges! The author of the best story will win a fantastic seven night cruise around the western isles of Scotland courtesy of Hebridean Cruises.

“Hebridean Island Cruises has been setting the benchmark for small ship luxury cruising for 20 years,” says Hebridean’s Hannah Kingsley. “MV Hebridean Princess is living proof that small is beautiful. Each all-inclusive cruise is carefully planned by our own highly experienced researchers, whose brief is to capture the cultural essence and historical significance of each port of call.”

If you fancy giving it a go, the rules of entry are simple: stories can be a maximum of 500 words and must be first hand accounts of your experience. Anyone can enter, but the story you supply must not have been published anywhere else. All entries will then be judged by the Heritage magazine editorial team. The winner and four runners up will then be printed in a special feature in the June 2010 issue of the magazine and other selected stories will be published on the magazine website.

How to enter

To submit your story, click here. Alternatively you can send your work to us by post to Reader Writing Competition, Heritage/Realm magazine, Archant House, Oriel Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1BB. The closing date for all entries is Friday 26th February 2010.

The prizes

1st prize:
An luxurious seven night cruise for two people worth up to £7310 per person, staying in a G-Grade double or twin Castle cabin on board the Hebridean Princess in 2010.

2nd prize:
A two night stay for two adults and two children at the stunning Auchrannie Spa Resort on the Isle of Arran, Scotland, including a bottle of fizz on arrival, use of all leisure facilities, a complimentary express beauty treatment and a full Scottish breakfast

3rd prize:
An overnight stay for two in a four poster room at Bibury Court Hotel, a stunning Jacobean mansion in the heart of the Cotswolds, with complimentary afternoon tea, dinner in the newly refurbished restaurant and a full English breakfast

4th prize: Two tickets to a forthcoming exhibition of your choice at the Royal Academy of Arts

5th prize: A Thorntons Chocolates Chocoholic gift set, containing an assortment of goodies for any chocolate lover

Rules: Closing date for entries Friday 26th February 2010. All prizes are subject to availability and must be taken before the end of 2010. Travel expenses, supplements, upgrades, travel insurance and other incidentals are not included. Only one entry is allowed per person. This competition is not open to employees (and relatives) of Archant, Hebridean Cruises, Auchrannie Spa Resort, Bibury Court Hotel, the Royal Academy of Arts, Thorntons and associated companies. The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries received. No cash alternative will be offered and the prize is non-transferable. Entrants must be 18 or over. No bulk or third entries accepted. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. No purchase is necessary. Archant cannot be held responsible for the manner in which prizes are provided. Any extra spending beyond the prize described is the responsibility of the winners. The winner must be willing to take part in post-event publicity if necessary. The winners’ names may be published at a future date. Entries that are illegible or not in accordance with the rules will be disqualified. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be notified within 21 days of the closing date. The prize may not be assigned to any other person and no alternative prize is available.

Incidentally, Heritage magazine is a good market for freelance opportunities (I've had a couple of pieces in here), so if you don't fancy any of the prizes, the magazine is definitely worth a look!

Good luck!