The Amnesty Blogging Competition 2018 is now closed.
Are you a blogger with a passion for human rights? Do you fancy being published on Amnesty International Australia’s website and having your opinion read by thousands? Well, now is your chance.
The winner will be published on our website in 2018 and could go on to be an official Amnesty blogger, with the chance to have their blogs published on a regular basis. They will also win a gift voucher for an online course at the Australian Writers’ Centre worth $450. From Creative Writing to Copywriting Essentials – choose your own adventure!
Two runner-up bloggers will also have their blogs published on the Amnesty Australia website throughout 2018.
How does it work?
The human rights blogosphere is an inspiring place. To be part of it, all you need to do is write a blog with a human rights theme. You don’t have to be an expert – just put pen to paper (or, fingers to keyboard) and send us your finished work of no more than 700 words.
Your blog post should focus on a current human rights issue and could be:
- a topical piece (women’s rights, refugee rights, indigenous rights)
- a recount of your personal experience with a human rights issue
- an interview with someone close to a human rights issue.
The choice is yours. Check out our blogs and features for writing inspiration.
How to write a great blog
Ask yourself the following questions.
- Will the subject matter resonate with people?
- Do I have an interesting take or angle on this?
- Have I hit the right tone? Is it authentic, personal, succinct, punchy and engaging?
- Does the blog inform, inspire, entertain or make someone’s life better?
- Don’t be afraid to share your own opinion, stories and experiences – this is what sets great bloggers apart.
- Before you submit your post, read through it again, and remove anything that doesn’t add value.
- Pay close attention to the title of your post – you want to grab your reader’s attention with the title.
- Write with passion.
- Provide a call to action at the end of your post. For example, ask them to comment, share the post or apply a lesson.
Formatting and layout
- Make your posts scannable – people don’t read every word on the page. Format your post so that your main points stand out.
- Use subheadings to break up your content and keep paragraphs and sentences short.
- Try not to overuse bold, italic, underline or capitalisation.
- Use images, videos or graphics to give your post visual appeal. But remember, it’s your responsibility to ensure you have permission to use any imagery or video from a third party. For free images, search Creative Commons.
- Where relevant, include hyperlinks that will support what you’re saying and improve a reader’s understanding.
Competition Terms and Conditions
Who may enter and how to win:
Entry into the Amnesty International Australia Blogging Competition 2018 is subject to the acceptance of these terms and conditions.
- All entries must be received between 9:00am AEST on Monday 19 February and 11.59pm AEST on Friday 23 March. Entries received after this closing date will not be accepted.
- Amnesty International Australia reserves the right to change the closing date where the entries are of insufficient quality. No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical other reason.
- Entrants must only submit blog posts that are their own original work. Any evidence of plagiarism may result in the entrant being removed from the competition. Only one entry per person can be accepted.
- Winners will be selected according to the judging criteria by a panel of experts from Amnesty International Australia. Amnesty International Australia is not obliged to publish any entry.
- The publishing of the winning and runners up’ entries does not constitute any form of employment by Amnesty International Australia to the winners. Winners will not be paid.
- Once an entry is submitted to the competition, Amnesty International Australia will have the right to use it in connection with the competition, including the right to copy, edit, display, publish and make it available in any format.
- Amnesty International Australia reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside their control.
- Amnesty International Australia reserves the right at any time to change these terms and conditions.
- Amnesty International Australia reserves the right to verify the validity of all entries and reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at our sole discretion.
- Winners will be announced in May 2018 and winners names will be published with the winners’ consent.
- The winner of the competition will receive a gift voucher at their postal address or via email for the Australian Writers Centre, for the cost of $450. Each voucher is valid for one year from the date of purchase and are not exchangeable for cash. For more details on the gift voucher, visit www.writerscentre.com.au/gift-vouchers.
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