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New incentives to write for Simonseeks: £20,000 in travel-writing prizes

To encourage new and existing writers to contribute to the site, we've decided to offer a hundred prizes of £200 to our writing community.

Interest in our new site from writers has  been overwhelming and this has really helped us build our content quickly. As you know our model is to share the revenue from each guide on an equal basis between the author and But while the site is still in its early days, revenue will take a while to filter through. So these prizes are an added extra to recognise the investment of time and expertise which so many of you have made and are continuing to make.

The cash prizes, totalling £5,000 per month, will be made to contributors between now and the end of December in the following categories: 

  1. New guides about skiing or ski destinations
  2. New guides to winter sun destinations
  3. New guides which fill a significant gap in our coverage, whether to a particular destination or a certain style of trip – for more tips you can check out Nick Trend’s lastest blog post.
  4. Guides contributed to Simonseeks before the launch date and which the editors feel have most enhanced the site.

We anticipate that 25 awards will be made in each category, but the exact number may be varied according to quality of guides submitted, and we may refine the categories after each round of awards has been made. In any event, we guarantee that a total of 25 prizes of £200 will be awarded each month

This competition is open to everyone. Our editors’ decisions on these prizes will be final, but the following criteria will be taken into account: 

a) Guides which combine excellent practical advice and insider information with a high-standard of inspirational travel writing
b) Guides which give authoritative and detailed hotel recommendations
c) Guides which demonstrate a particularly imaginative and engaging approach to a destination

Happy writing and good luck!

As always, we are interested in your feedback whether positive or negative – leave a comment below.

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Community comments (10)

It's OK - it's all sorted now. I'm pleased to say it was genuine - can't be too careful these day though, especially when something asks for your bank details. Many thanks to Simonseeks for the prize - it's inspiring me to write some more!

I just had an email telling me that I had won £200 but the mail doesn't use my name. As it asks me to send my bank details, I just wanted to check that I'm not being phished! I sure hope I'm not!

The issue Holly and Rebecca are referring to has been fixed, it only affected IE7 users. For the status on bug issues (or workarounds) please check the page.

Holly, I was having exactly the same problem with the destinations field, and I couldn't save either, so haven't yet been able to add any guides. However, I just clicked into the box and it now seems to be working. Hope yours is now too!

Great website and concept - I'm having a lot of fun on Sunday evenings reminiscing and writing new guides!

But having trouble compiling my latest offering. I think there must be a problem with the template as I can't click in the 'destinations' box to fill it in...

There'll be no £200 for me at this rate ;-)

Hi Holly - we are sorry you seem to be having an issue adding a destination, unfortunately we need more information to be able to diagnose if there is an issue. Could you please fill out a bug report at using the browser that you were using when you had an issue - when you use the bug report form we collect important information about the browser and version which helps us resolve particular browser related issues.

But how do we actually enter the competition?

There is no separate entry process. The prizes will be awarded to writers who upload guides onto the site.

This is helpful, not just financially (which is obviously a good thing) but it gives an indication of the type of guide that you are interested in.
Great web site

Agreed that it is a great web site - the average time for editing is still showing as 10 days though which seems unrealistic in my experience?

It may be that I am not focusing on "average", however!

What is the real length of time between submission and editorial response? (I have had one in since 14th September)