The Columnist

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What you win

We're giving one brilliant writer the chance to become IdeasMag’s weekly Columnist for six months. You should be ready to explore arts, pop culture and the issues that matter to our members. You’ll be paid £100 per column.

Second place will win a month’s paid internship at IdeasTap (£300 per week), where you’ll be able to write regularly for IdeasMag, and get feedback and career advice from the IdeasTap editorial team. Finally, eight runners up will receive three mentoring sessions with a working journalist. 

Judging

Tony Cross – Executive Editor, Condé Nast Digital

Alice Jones – Deputy Arts Editor, The Independent and i

Nancy Groves – Editor, Guardian Culture Professionals

Fleur Macdonald – current IdeasTap columnist

Rachel Segal Hamilton – Commissioning Editor, IdeasTap

James Hopkirk – Editor, IdeasTap

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Description

The Columnist is back – and this time it’s bigger than ever.

As always, we’re looking for a brilliant writer to become IdeasMag’s weekly Columnist for six months. You should be ready to explore arts, pop culture and the issues that matter to our members. You’ll be paid £100 per column.

Initially it’s a two-month trial, but provided we like what we read, the winner will then continue for the full six months.

There can only be one Columnist, but this time round, there will be additional prizes for second place and eight runners-up.

Second place will win a month’s paid internship at IdeasTap (£300 per week), where you’ll be able to write regularly for IdeasMag and get feedback and career advice from the IdeasTap editorial team.

Finally, eight runners up will receive three mentoring sessions with a working journalist, paid for by IdeasTap. These sessions can involve career advice, feedback on writing, pitching tips – or whatever you feel you need help with.

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 our previous winners’ work:

Jamie Ross

Nell Frizzell

Nicola Robey

John Nugent

Kirsty Logan

Daisy Stella Baldwin

Orlando Bird

Fleur Macdonald 

This all sounds pretty sweet, right? To apply, we want you to tell us why you think you should be our new Columnist. You'll also need to submit a sample 500-word column on a topical cultural issue plus two pitches for further columns. Just remember not to commit any of these common mistakes.  You must also upload further examples of your writing to your IdeasTap portfolio in support of your application.

This brief will close at 5pm on Friday 31 January 2014 and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 and over. If you have any technical queries, please visit the help centre. 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.

Image used under Creative Commons from zoomar.

How to apply

Comments

  • Hi everyone,

    Second place has been won by Emer Kenny - congratulations to Emer! What this means is that the remaining eight members of the shortlist will all be contacted shortly to set them up with their professional mentors.

    All the best,

    James

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    James IdeasTap , Photographer , 27/02/14 , 6,186 AP

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  • Congratulations everyone who made the short and long lists! Wishing everyone the best of luck and looking forward to reading some exciting new content by our next Columnist. It's been great reading Fleur's pieces and I hope she still continues to delight and inform us. IdeasTap - thank you so much for running this competition - it's been a wonderful exercise, and a great opportunity.

    - Lucy

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    Lucy A. Armstrong , Writer , 18/02/14 , 1,568 AP

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  • Hi all,

    Thanks for your patience! The shortlist has now been announced - and the winner will be announced next week...

    All the best,

    James
    Editor, IdeasTap

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    James IdeasTap , Photographer , 18/02/14 , 6,186 AP

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    • Hi there! Where are the short and long lists? I'm following the brief but seem to have had no emails. Pretty sure I'd know if shortlisted but would be good to see the lists! Gytha x

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      Gytha Lodge - Novelist and Scriptwriter , Writer , 22/02/14 , 804 AP

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      • Hi Gytha,

        If you look at the top of the page where it says "Shortlist announced" and click on this - that will take you to the list.

        Cheers,

        James

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        James IdeasTap , Photographer , 24/02/14 , 6,186 AP

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  • Just wondering if the shortlist will be announced soon?

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    Talia416 , , 16/02/14 , 66 AP

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  • Judging nearly done?

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    JAlfie , Writer , 12/02/14 , 378 AP

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  • Hello, when are we going to hear the results?

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    Emilia T. , Director , 07/02/14 , 119 AP

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    • All 497 entries are currently being read by the judges. We hope to announce the shortlist soon. Thanks!

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      The IdeasTap Team , Editor , 10/02/14 , 10,604 AP

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      • 497 :) Bless...

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        Emilia T. , Director , 11/02/14 , 119 AP

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  • Just querying, my application said it was submitted at 17.02 but I clicked submit well before, it's took ages! I hope it has been accepted!

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    Earivir , Journalist , 31/01/14 , 73 AP

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    • If it has been submitted through our briefs system, then it's fine.

      However, it's worth saying that you must have a profile picture in order to be eligible to apply for all IdeasTap briefs. Please upload one.

      Thanks!

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      The IdeasTap Team , Editor , 04/02/14 , 10,604 AP

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      • Hang on I was just rereading the conditions, which say the profile image doesn't have to be a headshot, and can be an image OR a photo. But I just wanted to make sure mine was in the rules?

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        George Binning , Journalist , 05/02/14 , 152 AP

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      • Yes, that's fine. As long as you have some sort of profile picture, you're eligible to apply.

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        The IdeasTap Team , Editor , 13/02/14 , 10,604 AP

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  • Damn technology. Damn it to hell.

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    derekkirkup , Musician/music production , 31/01/14 , 189 AP

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    • Three different browsers I tried and the saving icon just kept spinning! Nevermind. Next time!

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      derekkirkup , Musician/music production , 31/01/14 , 189 AP

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      • Hi Derek, did you try saving the document with a simple file name (e.g. just your name, no symbols or +s)?

        Thanks!

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        The IdeasTap Team , Editor , 04/02/14 , 10,604 AP

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  • Hi, I've just been reading through the comments to make sure there were no issues flagged up that I might have messed up during my application (though, of course, it'd be too late to fix it now). I think everything is fine, but I noticed repeated reference to 'needing a UK postcode to be eligible'. This got me thinking: there wasn't a space to type your postcode in the application form, and it's not on my profile (though it is on my CV). Is this something that gets checked later, or do you just go by the general locations given on our pages (eg: Scotland)? Thanks for your help.

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    DeadbeatPad , Journalist , 31/01/14 , 191 AP

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    • If you're based in Scotland, that's fine.

      It's something we'll check with the winner and shortlist. Don't worry if it's not on your form, your sign-up region will do for now.

      Thanks!

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      The IdeasTap Team , Editor , 31/01/14 , 10,604 AP

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  • I think I pressed 'send' without including the 100 words about why I should be the next columnist? Would you mind letting me know?
    Thanks, Clémence

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    clemencesebag , Writer , 31/01/14 , 615 AP

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    • You wouldn't be able to apply without having filled in the 100 word box. Thanks!

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      The IdeasTap Team , Editor , 31/01/14 , 10,604 AP

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