Submissions are officially open for the 2014 event!
What does that mean? Find your favourite post from the last year (ish…there wasn’t a 2013 event so feel free to dig a little deeper into your archives) and send it in. You can send the link to the post to me at email@example.com.
We’ll be gathering up all the entries for the next few weeks – the cut off for entries is Monday, March 31. Then, a panel of esteemed judges will be reading through them and selecting the best 10 to be presented at Blog Out Loud 2014.
If selected, you’ll be reading your post personally in front of a crowd of adoring strangers! Trust me, it’s a unique and transformative experience. Plus, you’ll be able to say you presented your writing at the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival – quite the pedigree.
We are looking for all kinds of different stories, voices, and posts, so feel free to send us anything at all that you think really represents your own self. Funny, sad, silly, deep, thoughtful, thought-provoking, angry, or goofy – it’s all good. We want to showcase good writing, as well as the power that the blog post format can show – how just a few hundred words can make a difference to how people think and feel. Or you know, at least give them a bit of a giggle while on their coffee break. If you’ve been to the event before, you’ll know that no topic is off-limits and there’s all kinds of different stories and personalities out there to be shared.
This year we have a pretty strict time limit so readings will be limited to 800 words. However, if you have a post that’s longer than that that you think is perfect, then send it on in. If it is selected, we’ll work with you to edit it down to readable length (or, if we get a lot of short submissions, then maybe we’ll have room for a longer one or two).
Please pass the word on to anyone you think might be interested – the more submissions, the happier I am! If you’re not up for submitting this year, I’m also looking for three or four people to judge the submissions – I’d love a few people with blogging experience, BOLO experience, and mad writing skills. Just drop me an email at the address above.
Any questions? Just leave them in the comments.