CONTEST: Win a Year in My Online Writing Community

Carol Tice

Essay Contest: Win a Free Ticket to My Writing Community. Makealivingwriting.comSix years ago, I got a crazy idea in my head: I was going to start an online writing community for freelancers, where they could 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.

Next week, Freelance Writers Den turns 6 years old! And it’s over 1,000 members strong.

At this point, 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? Well, we’re celebrating our 6th year by opening the doors and welcoming new Denizens on our anniversary date, July 11. We’ll stay open for six days (unusually long for us!).

And we’ve got a new way to hop in the Den — you can try it out with a 1-week free pass.

We always do giveaways and goodies on the Den anniversary, but this year I want to go crazy.

So besides free 1-week passes for all comers, I’m also giving away 6 free, 1-YEAR passes to Freelance Writers Den.

That’s right, an entire year of soaking up the Den resources, 4-week bootcamps included, the works.

How can you win one of those 1-year passes? I’m holding an essay contest. Read on for the rules:

Essay contest rules

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

What are you willing to sacrifice to become a successful freelance writer?

Why this question? Because claiming an independent life usually requires you to give something up. It’s not an easy road — but it’s worth it. So…how bad do you really want this? Tell me in your 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 (I’ve turned them on, just for this post!) or on my 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 the morning of July 12. I’ll email the news to subscribers, and update this post and my Facebook.

Is my 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 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 later this year and next.

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

What are you willing to sacrifice to become a successful freelance writer? Post your answer in the comments below (turned them back on, just for this post!), or on my Facebook page.

UPDATE: Winners have been chosen! Congratulations to:

  • Steven Maynard, for his toughness and determination (displayed by his willingness to give up a $50K/year job to focus on writing)
  • Elisabeth Lee (who’s ready to break free of her old thinking patterns)
  • Quincy Miller (who made us laugh with his entry)
  • Kelsey Ray (who displays great bravery in moving to another country to get married – even though she had to go 2 years without a job)
  • Felix Abur (who shows that living in a Third World country doesn’t have to be a barrier to starting a freelance writing business)
  • And Brenda Storey (who displayed a Renegade Writer-esque willingness to break the rules and make the contest her own)

Thanks to everyone who entered – it was HARD choosing winners from the avalanche of entries!

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  1. Richard Thomas

    What am I willinh to sacrifice to become a successful freelance copywriter?
    I am willing to sacrifice long hours of dedicated work.I am willing to do researches and whatever it takes to be the best in copywriting. The determination is here, I just need the chance.

  2. Phoebe

    Why do I write? I could do other things that bring me less stress, more money, fewer rejections. I have done those things that paid the bills and the mortgage. I have worked at dreary, tedious, mundane jobs that drove me to near insanity. I can’t do that anymore. I have to be true to myself for once. If it is the last thing I do I will write. I have to create something, anything. I have to share ideas and thoughts with others whether with a company doing a newsletter or helping someone tell their story through their biography. I have to create something. What am I willing to sacrifice to become a successful freelance writer? Time. Energy. Money. I am driven only by the possibility of success. Some days it feels like pushing a gigantic rock up a hill. I have to face my fears of failure and success. I know I will never be a Steven King or J.K Rowling. Those accomplishments are few and far between. However, there are many who are successful writers. They are carving out for themselves a fine niche in their writing world. There is a strong community of writers. I believe there has never been a better time to work as a writer. Social media groups and places like Freelance Writers Den make it possible to encourage each other to achieve our goals. If I do not accomplish my goal it will be my loss. There are ways to create and still be thriving. I do not have to work at this alone. I can see the top of that hill. It does like promising. The rock seems a bit less heavy now. I have other people to help me push when the going gets rough. I can!! I will write!

  3. Marcia

    Willing to Continue with the Sacrifice of Keeping a Job for Structure

    For fourteen years, the yearning to write for a living has been aching my heart. I even went to college and not only did I learn the language, I graduated with a BA in English Literature and minored in Mass Communications, but only today and with tears on my face, I can finally understand successful people’s job: they sacrifice to have what they need and want, an structure that allows them to freely plan their goals and achieve them.

    One of my job gigs as teacher’s assistant and substitute (this is once a week gig) gave me the opportunity to meet kind, work colleagues who do not only have this once a week gig, they also have real jobs, and even one of them is going to college and is up to date with college payments – how nice is the structure of having a job. And whenever they say they are going to an overseas trip with their family to relax and have fun, I genuinely become happy for them, but when I look at my life, there are no family summer trip plans, and not even a single memory of a trip, just those of constantly pawning our laptops.

    But I am happy to announce that a few months ago, I made a search on a job, which I found, that is based on my personality and skills and gives me the peace of mind, flexibility, thus the structure I need to invest in a writing coach. I had at least scanned all of Carol’s emails since 2014 without being able to subscribe. Today, I started working at 10 AM and arrived home at 8 PM, I am tired, but it is all good.

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