Expat Life - Themed Blogging ContestsWhilst we plan to continue with our big expat writing contests, we've decided to run a series of smaller fortnightly contests based around our Local Expert Series! This is only open to ExpatsBlog.com listing members...
Every few weeks, a new contest based around a specific topic theme will run with 4 prizes totalling $350 in Amazon Vouchers! The deadline will be the Thursday before Monday publishing. The comments/FB will be assessed just prior to announcing the winners by the end of the week! Remember: to qualify for entry, articles must be previously unpublished!
4 Prizes Per Contest:
- Our favourite wins $200 Amazon Gift Voucher.
- Our favourite comment wins $50 Amazon Gift Voucher
- Top FB LIKES wins $50 (Share counter is not accurate and so NOT included)
- One randomly picked winner (sweepstakes) wins $50
(One prize per author, so 4 winners every contest!)
How to enter:
Write and submit a previously unpublished article based on the specified theme AND your expat country! Write any style you like. It could be useful information with facts/figures/contacts etc or just a blog post based on expat life experience!
Be sure to submit before the END of the deadline day or it won't be included.
You may provide a few relevant links and italicised/bolded text, but we would ask that you add in the basic HTML tags if you know how to. It just makes our life easier!
Please make sure your article is at least 500 words.
You may provide ONE relevant photo although not required. Please provide a caption and ideal placement.
- Document (ideally with HTML tags in place, also suggested image placement)
- Attach image (not required).
- Caption if image.
- Your author name.
- Twitter id (if have one).
- your ExpatsBlog.com blog listing web address.
Submit to: contests[at]expatsblog[dot]com and then leave a quick comment below or tweet us to confirm you've emailed your entry in! We'd also love to hear that you're planning on entering too. And perhaps a little FB like or tweet of this page if you're feeling generous ;)
- Open to expat bloggers who have a blog listing on ExpatsBlog.com.
- One entry per author.
- Restricted to one prize per entry; in event that an entry qualifies to win 2 prizes, the greater value prize will be awarded!
- Minimum word count: 500.
- Entries must be previously unpublished elsewhere.
- Entries judged by the ExpatsBlog.com team. Judging factors... well, our favourite wins the top prize!
- Deadline for entries: see the schedule for each contest
- Copyright remains with the author, but ExpatsBlog.com has the unrestricted right to publish the entries on this website.
- We reserve the right to refuse an entry.
- Comments will be moderated before publishing. Non-positive comments won't be published.
Contest Comments » There are 96 comments
I look forward to participating in this contest about Culture Shock. x
This is a very busy time for me, so I might not be able to get a good entry finished by the deadline, but I can also try one of the other contests later.
Great idea! Thanks for hosting! I'll submit my entry this evening!
Done! The first one was fun to write, really got me thinking. Brought back good memories - so thanks!
Just sent in my article. Hopefully to the right web address this time!
Such a fabulous idea! I entered! Best of luck to all the participants.
I have just submitted my entry :) time to start work on the next one!
I love blog writing contests! I actually had a crazy (mis)adventure with some French culture shock just yesterday, so I can't wait to write about it and send it in!
Does it mean by unpublished that also includes an article on your blog that is published before on there?
Just a quick question - you ask that the article be at least 500 words, but is there a maximum? I have a tendency to be a bit verbose...lol.
Wow!! Great idea for a competition. I had such a culture shock when I moved from London to Baltimore. Just sent you my entry.
Culture shock blog post is underway, I look forward to submitting my entry. x
I will be entering again, these contests are fun thank you for having them!
Great contest! I've just emailed my entry now
Just sent in my submission for the Culture Shock contest! Thanks a lot! Cheers from Thailand!
All done and sent in!
Hi! I just emailed my story! Can't wait to read everyone else's! Thanks!!!
Hello there Last minute cafe as usual, I've just sent you my entry!
Have been working on my piece for Culture Shock and just realize most of my stories and examples are better related to my culture shock in America opposed to living now in England. If this is still okay, I can send it in.
I sent in my article. Thanks for your consideration.
I just sent in my entry about education in England.
Sent in my entry for the Education and International schools contest. Good luck to all the participants!
Sent in my entry for the Education contest! Can't wait to see all the entries!
Just emailed my entry in, thanks!
just contributed a little essay! weee!
Just Entered the contest! Hurrah!!
Just sent my entry for the Education and International School contest as well! Best of luck!
Just submitted my entry for the Working Abroad contest. Can't wait to read them all!
Just entered the third competition "Working Abroad" Looking forward to reading the other stories on offer - all high quality and interesting!
Hi, would it be possible to give a maximum word count? Thanks Rosemary
Ok "Working Abroad' themed short story 'I'm just wild about Hary' based on actual events on a job in Indonesia sent today, Saturday 18th May....good luck to all entrants ..Joe
Ciao from Rome! Just submitted my entry for "Working Abroad." Good luck to all the entries!
Had a great laugh to myself recounting an adventurous day in my first weeks of work in Zambia!
Count me in. I'll get my thinking cap on!
Writing a "Working Abroad" entry at this very moment!
Send in Working Abroad today :)
Just submitted my entry for "Working Abroad". Can't wait to read the other entries. Title: "Let Me Take You to the Dark Side of the Moon".
Just entered the Working Abroad contest...was fun to write!
One entry sent your way! Looking forward to reading them all next week!
I wrote my entry on Working abroad last night and have sent it in for entry. I have been working abroad for 15 years now. So difficult to try to keep it short! Looking forward to reading the entries next week.
Officially entered the Working Abroad contest! Backstage at the Bolshoi...:)
Wonderful! What an amazing opportunity! Will be entering the first competition :)
Just entered the culture shock competition!
Can we post the blog on our website as well?
I think this is such a good idea! Short contests somehow get my motivation levels up more consistently. And I think the topics are great. Will definitely be entering the culture shock theme for week one!
@Karin - all entries must be previously unpublished to qualify for the contests - ideally, we would hope that they stay unique to the site, however, it's up to you after the contest! What some bloggers do is take a snippet or summary and post a link to the full article on their contest page. Hope that helps!
I'm in - entry sent through today. Cheers, Nick
This is great! Thanks for hosting these contests, I will definitely be entering!
@Greg - no worries, the beauty with this competition series is you can pick and choose which contests to enter according what time you have :)
Definitely will be entering some of these! Look forward to reading everyone's entries again!
Sent in my entry. Hope you like it.
Just submitted my entry! Cheers to all participants
Culture Shock post underway - thank you ... love this topic.
As a freelance professional site designer, I most certainly know my way around HTML tags, but... Not sure just how you want submissions with pics formatted. So I simply tossed my submission for this week's "Culture Shock" category in a .doc file with inserted pic/caption and sent it off as an attachment in an email. Do let me know if this causes you any digital grief. ;)
@Dyanne - your competition entry was fine, although best to attach the image and simply mark in the doc where you want it to ideally show (with caption). HTML, if possible, would means typing in <b>bolded</b>, <i>italised</i>, and <a>linked</a> text into the document rather than using eg Word to add these formatting. One day we'll have an online editor to add entries, but for now this is the ideal approach for us :)
@Michael - We're looking for expat bloggers to write a new article for this contest - i.e. not published elsewhere prior to us publishing when the contest entries go live! Hope that makes sense!
@Crystal - we normally have a limit of 2,000 words, but decided to leave one out for these smaller contests :)
Ok, thanks! I know my story will be over 500, but I also firmly believe in quality over quantity!
Entry submitted. For once I wasn't too lazy!
Just emailed my entry, thanks!
Really liked the topic for Week 1 so I've just submitted my entry!
I'll be submitting soon!
Entered! Good luck everyone - can't wait to read them all!
I've just emailed mine through! Can't wait to read everybody's entries! I think Culture Shock is a really interesting category! Should be some funny ones!
I just emailed my submission for the Culture Shock contest! So excited!
I'm in, trying out a different writing style for this one
Mailed - but without an image ... Would you like one? Thank YOU!
I've submitted my entry for the Culture Shock contest.
Entered! I did not include an image...I didn't feel like one was relevant for my posting. Thank you so much for this contest idea! It was a fun one!
Just emailed my entry. Thanks!
An image isn't required, so no worries if you haven't included one. @Bonnie - so long as it's about your experience as an expat in another country that's fine!
I read the directions this time and just submitted a previously unpublished post. I'm excited about this contest!
I've just had a couple of friends ask me about how to win, and wanted to double check with you! Regarding the winner for your favourite comment, is it the person who leaves the comment who wins the 50$ voucher, or rather the author of the entry for which the comment was left? Thanks in advance, and I'm having a blast reading all the other entries :)
@Crystal: Probably our fault for not being clearer! The contest author wins the $50 voucher! All 4 prizes go to the expat bloggers :)
Gotcha! Thanks for clearing that up :)
Entered! Thank you!
I just end my entry for the education contest ... Thanks!
Made it this time - just about to send my entry
I've just sent my entry for the Education and International School contest for The Hague (Netherlands). I wish good luck to all the participants!
Just emailing entry - sorry I'm a dunce with html blog does it for me automatically so don't know how to add it to word documents.
Just noticed my listing says I am English - Oh how to offend a Welsh girl :)
@Rachel - no worries about the HTML, we'll be in touch asap regarding your submission. Re origin - sorry! Will fix :)
Just entered and just in time (I hope). Best of luck to everyone!
I have just submitted my entry - hope it is not too late and you get it alright!
Just submitted by essay for Week 2's education contest... hope I still got it in on time! Looking forward to seeing the results. Thanks! :)
Hi, I've submitted my entry for education and international schools. I know. I know. I'm cutting it really close. :-)
Just submitted my entry - it's still May 2nd where I am (just) so hope that's OK!
Just submitted my Working Abroad blog. Can't wait to see the other posts!
@Rosemary - 2500 words!
I've entered the Work Abroad comp. Good luck everyone!
Just sent my entry for "Working Abroad" - looking forward to reading all the entries!
Just submitted my post for the Working Abroad contest! : )
Just submitted for the Meeting Expats contest, hope the piece is all to order. The best fun, entering this!
Ok 'Meeting Expats' uploaded and retitled 'Meeting Expats ....eventually' 1360 words.........Good Luck to other entrants ........but not THAT good eh????
I just submitted (hopefully!!) my entry to the Meeting Expats contest. Good luck to everyone--what a great way to share information.