IdeasTap Presents... The Columnist

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Age range:
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What you win

This IdeasTap-funded opportunity will give one brilliant writer the chance to become Hiive’s weekly Columnist. You’ll be pitching and writing articles that explore arts, pop culture and the issues that matter to our members. And you’ll earn £100 per column. Second place will win four guaranteed commissions at the rate of £100 per article. 

Judging

TBC – but will include a panel of commissioning editors and experienced journalists, along with representatives from Hiive and IdeasTap. 

Deadline

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Description

The Columnist is back – and now it’s on Hiive.

If you’re looking for a regular, paid writing gig on a great arts publication, then this IdeasTap-funded opportunity is going to make your day.

The winner will be expected to write an insightful, opinionated, original and engaging piece every week that explores arts, culture and the issues that matter to our readers.

You’ll be paid £100 per 500-word column and get regular feedback from the Hiive team. It’s an amazing platform from which to build up your career as a writer and a chance to find your voice and connect with a regular audience.

Second place will win four guaranteed commissions at the rate of £100 per article.

We’re also bringing on board an expert judging panel to pick the winners.

What makes a Columnist winner? Have a read of some of the previous winners’ work:

Jamie Ross

Nell Frizzell

Nicola Robey

John Nugent

Kirsty Logan

Daisy Stella Baldwin

Orlando Bird

Fleur Macdonald 

David Bowden

Lakeisha Goedluck

To apply, we just want you to tell us why you think you should be our new Columnist – and submit a sample 500 word column on a topical cultural issue, plus two pitches for further columns (a headline and a paragraph for each). 

Remember not to commit any of these common Columnist mistakes! And IdeasTap’s guide to how to have an opinion might also come in handy.

You must also include further examples of your writing, linking us to where we can find them online. They can be professionally published or simply writing from your personal blog. You won’t be marked down for lack of previous professional experience – it’s just about how good a writer you are.

 

This competition will close on Thursday 27 August at 5pm BST and is open to Hiive members aged 18 and over who are resident in the UK. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute.

How to apply

Comments

  • 16.40, I am not sure if everything has uploaded, including my profile picture .

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    bartjmsebastien@gmail.com , , 27/08/15 , 12 AP

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  • I am submission 270815. I uploaded my documents at 15.25.

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    bartjmsebastien@gmail.com , , 27/08/15 , 12 AP

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  • Hi there,

    I tried to email my "why I should be the columnist" addition to my application via the cairns@creativeskillset.org address but after three times it was permanently rejected. I have just resubmitted my application with this extra information attached, so if you could look at this application instead that would be much appreciated. Can I just confirm that this is alright and everything is in order?

    Thanks and apologies for the last minute inconvenience,

    Rachel

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    rachelrankin1@hotmail.co.uk , , 27/08/15 , 144 AP

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    • **Attention** only your example column and follow up ideas will be assessed in the first round of judging.

      If you have included this on your uploaded document then fine - but if you haven't it doesn't matter, we will contact you and ask for this at that point.

      Not having included this information at this stage will not count against you.

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      simonb@creativeskillset.org , , 27/08/15 , 1,259 AP

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      • Hi there,

        I have done the same thing. I expected the "Why I should be a columnist" to be a seperate submission box on the following page. I have tried to send it through via the cairns@creativeskillset.org address as you have previously detailed but it keeps getting knocked back. Can I confirm my application will still be ok for the first round?

        Thanks!
        Emma

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        EmNuttall , Writer , 27/08/15 , 153 AP

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      • Yes your application will still be considered :)

        As above - not having included this information at this stage will not count against you.

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        simonb@creativeskillset.org , , 27/08/15 , 1,259 AP

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  • As previous comments have stated. I have submitted my pitch but my avatar is not appearing. Just checking that my submission has went through successfully!

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    gturtle01@gmail.com , , 27/08/15 , 32 AP

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    • Hi,

      Because we are using IdeasTap's software for this comp we can't link to your new profile. However, we have your entry, so it is all fine

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      simonb@creativeskillset.org , , 27/08/15 , 1,259 AP

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  • My profile picture isn't showing up, have I done something wrong on my end or is it a technical issue? I've definitely uploaded a picture to my profile; will this be an issue for my application? Thanks.

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    Joshua Adcock , Writer , 27/08/15 , 513 AP

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    • Hi,

      because we are using IdeasTap's software for this comp we can't link to your new profile. However, we have your entry, so it is all fine

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      simonb@creativeskillset.org , , 27/08/15 , 1,259 AP

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  • Hi,

    I wanted to email over a statement to add to my applicaton that I could not submit originally, but my email to cairns@creativeskillset.org was permanently rejected by the server.

    Is there another address I can use?

    Carly

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    carlyminsky@hotmail.com , , 27/08/15 , 49 AP

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    • Hi,

      Could you send it to hello@hiive.co.uk please.

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      simonb@creativeskillset.org , , 27/08/15 , 1,259 AP

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      • **Attention** only your example column and follow up ideas will be assessed in the first round of judging.

        If you have included this on your uploaded document then fine - but if you haven't it doesn't matter, we will contact you and ask for this at that point.

        Not having included this information at this stage will not count against you.

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        simonb@creativeskillset.org , , 27/08/15 , 1,259 AP

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  • Hi there, I think I'm having the same problem as a lot of people. I have made my submission but my photo is not appearing next to it? Can I just check that it will be accepted?

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    annafordham@hotmail.co.uk , , 27/08/15 , 31 AP

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  • Hello,

    Just a quick question:
    Any chance The Columnist might go international in the future?

    Thank you,

    Barbara

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    barbara saric , Photographer , 27/08/15 , 281 AP

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  • Hello,

    I just applied to The Columnist but it hasn't linked through to my profile properly, and my image is not appearing. Please see this link to my profile when considering my application, and apologies for the confusion.

    https://app.hiive.co.uk/profile/04f04c1e-6500-4e8b-bd10-1c1bbe5cffa3/#/

    Thanks,

    Imogen Greenberg

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    ig93 , , 27/08/15 , 66 AP

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    • Hi Imongen because we are using IdeasTap's software for this comp we can't link to your new profile. However, we have your entry, so it is all fine

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      ciaranb@creativeskillset.org , , 27/08/15 , 1,286 AP

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  • Hello,

    I just submitted my application, but my avatar isn't appearing next to my response, though it does appear on my profile page. Will I be disqualified from the application?

    Thanks,

    Imogen

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    ig93 , , 27/08/15 , 66 AP

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