It’s that time of year, EN! The Fifth Annual Eventing Nation Blogger Contest is upon us. If you’ve followed along with the previous Blogger Contests, you know that this is your shot to join the eclectic EN team that delivers your daily eventing fix.
The past winners of our Blogger Contest have gone on to take positions with EN and its sister site, Horse Nation, after wowing us (and Chinch, who constitutes a majority vote) with their creative skills. The first ever winner, Leslie Wylie, is now the Managing Editor for Horse Nation and also is a part of the traveling event coverage team here at EN.
Jenni Autry, one of our fearless leaders, is now the the Managing Editor of EN after winning the second Blogger Contest in 2012. She’s also our head globetrotter, traipsing about the eventing world with her loyal Chinch in tow, tracking down the best Chinch photobomb opportunities and interviewing William Fox-Pitt in her spare time.
In 2013, I joined the team as a finalist in the Blogger Contest and now find myself as a part of the coverage team as well as the sponsor account manager. It’s an opportunity I never thought would be possible, until it was. This team has truly been a blessing to work for, and while I essentially live and breathe eventing, at least it’s my job to do so now.
Erin Critz and Maggie Deatrick, our 2013 and 2014 Blogger Contest winners, are also integral parts of the team. Erin is our lead weekend Links correspondent, and you know Maggie as our resident crystal ball reader, whose predictions on who will win each major event in the U.S. are eerily accurate.
The opportunities are truly endless for the right person, and we want you to show us why you would be the perfect fit to join our team.
The fine print:
Contestants should want to write part-time for Eventing Nation — at least two to three posts per week. If this already sounds like too much, don’t apply. All are eligible (including previous contestants), and no prior experience is necessary. Personal style is a must. Take risks. Laugh. Entertain. Create something only you can create.
Your Round 1 entries should include a short bio (name, age, background, character-defining qualities, embarrassing tidbits, etc.) and a 300 to 600 word sample of your best eventing-related work.
The EN team will judge by the same standards as the last three years (interesting, funny, informative, creative) and factor public opinion into our final decision. Keep in mind that you’re writing for a very large audience, and we’ll be selecting finalists based on the quality of entries — no pressure.
Entries are due one week from today, on Tuesday, May 19 at 8 p.m. EST. Email your entry to [email protected] with the subject “EN Blogger Contest Entry.” Good luck, and Go Eventing.