CONTEST: Win a Free Year of the Freelance Writers Den!

Carol Tice

UPDATE: Congratulations to our essay contest winner, Lisa Hewitt! Enjoy your free year in the Den!

Congratulations also to our runner-ups:

  • 1st runner-up: Stacey Langheim
  • 2nd runner-up: Linda Caradine
  • 3rd runner-up: Dharmik Shah

Thanks to everyone for your great stories/entries!

Ten years ago—ten!—I got a crazy idea in my head: I was going to start an online writing community for freelancers. But what should I call it? Maybe the Freelance Writers Den.

The goal: Provide a place for writers to learn how to market their services and earn more.

When we opened the doors in 2011, I had no clue how needed this sort of all-you-can-eat learning platform was for freelance writers.

The Freelance Writers Den turned 10 this year and is over 1,500 members strong.

The Den is packed with 300+ hours of trainings members can access anytime, on everything from how to do lucrative types of writing like white papers, to how to find better-paying clients.

Curious about the Den? We’re opening the doors and welcoming new Denizens for a few days, starting on December 8.

To celebrate the holidays, we’re giving away a year-long membership to the Den! That’s a $400 value.

We’re holding an essay contest to award this juicy prize. Find out more below:

Essay contest rules

The essay question that can win you a year in the Den:

Tell us about your WORST experience pitching. 

Why this question? Because all of us have had an awkward or downright bad experience when making a pitch to a prospective client. Whether we flubbed the pitch or the client made things hell, we’ve all been there. Tell us all about it, and perhaps a bit of what you learned, in a 300-word essay.

Here are the details on where to post and how to win:

  • One entry per person. Multiple entries will disqualify you.
  • Limit 300 words.
  • You can post your essay in the comments below or on our Facebook page (look for the post with the graphic you see on this post).
  • Current Den members are eligible to participate.
  • Winner will be announced on our blog post of 12/7. We’ll also email the news to subscribers, and update this post and Facebook.

Is our online writing community for you?

Maybe you’re new here and not familiar with the Den. If so, recommend you visit the Den home page and watch the video that goes through all our member benefits.

We serve new, returning, and mid-career freelance writers around the world with focused bootcamps, 24/7 forums, monthly live events, podcasts, an exclusive job board, and training resources galore.

It’s been a thrill to serve so many writers, and to create a platform that makes freelance knowledge affordable for the hungry writers who need it. And it’s still early days! Great trainings are coming up in the New Year.

Good luck, everyone! And hope to see you in the Den.


Your Shortcut to Success.


  1. Emmanuel

    I was not able to participate in the contest due to unforeseen circumstances. But I feel the urge to pitch you at least to get a reply. I congratulate the winner of the essay contest immensely.
    Writing is a part of me that I have discovered recently. Just as the book and biro, we are an inseparable pair. For me, writing is not all about penning for money, what makes it superb is the joy, passion and contentment of being able to create something for indeed a writer is a creator.
    I didn’t take writing seriously until after my mom’s accident. I needed money for her surgery but I had none. A friend of mine referred me to writing for money (freelance writing) as writing was the only thing I could do perfectly and would earn a lot of money compared to the work I was doing. Truth be told, I fancied the idea and thought it was going to be an easy task pitching a site but alas it was not. This was way back in June. I put my writing skills into combat but the result was demoralizing. I was not even replied. Then, again I continued yet the former was the result.
    A friend of mine lent me some cash which I used to pay for my mom’s surgery. The surgery was successful but to an extent. She could not work properly.
    I decided that she had to undergo another surgery so that she won’t be forever deformed but I needed the cash. I continued pitching sited yet all had dead ends. They were either not in need of content writers or they would give a somewhat negative reply. It was during this period that my friend postulated I join the freelance den. Though I am still on the waiting list but am quite sure that I will surely make it into the den.
    All I want is something that will commensurate my efforts at least prove I am also a creator. I take note of everything that happen around me this days and try so much to create something from it and I have been successful only to an extent. No site seems to see my work eligible for them. “We shall get back to you” is a statement common to me and I hope it would change when I make it into the den. I pray your reply won’t be like theirs.
    I really need to get some cash for my mom not for me. I don’t want her to be deformed forever

    • Angie Mansfield

      Hi, Emmanuel –

      So sorry to hear about your mom. The Den is open right now – you can go to the front page and click “Join Now” to sign up.

      Angie Mansfield
      MALW Admin

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