Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Recipe Writing Contests - Why Not?
Country Woman pays big time for your recipe and brief story. Is there a story behind that almond extract? Lemon rind? Whipped butter and pinch of sugar? Earn a few dollars with that ingenuity in one of these competitions in 2011.
"Nuts About Nuts" asks for . . . duh, nut recipes. Deadline February 1, 2011. Do you toast yours? Do you shell out your own from trees in your yard? Walnuts, almonds, pecans, or peanuts? Ooh, macadamia nuts. The grand prize is $500 cash. The second-prize winner will receive $300, and third prize is $200. The runners-up will win a free year of Country Woman for themselves or a friend.
"Delicious Holiday Desserts" asks specifically for yuletide desserts for a holiday meal. I'd have thought this one had an earlier deadline, but they give you until April 1, 2011 to get it together. Same prizes as above.
"Beat the Clock Entrees" wants simple, on-the-run main courses fixable in under 30 minutes. Deadline June 1, 2011. Same prizes as above.
They have detailed guidelines on how they wish these submitted, so take your time reading them as you would any other freelance entry.
NOTE: I like dabbling in the kitchen some days. Experimentation can make or break you, but when you peg it right, it's heaven. I have a collard green recipe that would teach the pickiest eater to enjoy greens. And my crock pot pork loin? To die for.
DOUBLE NOTE: Christmas, newsletters and novel edits. Like when am I supposed to breathe? Had the edits mostly done in the editor's Track Edits format then found out I was supposed to just update the manuscript and resubmit in a separate document. Hey, I'm new at this. Took me three hours to master Track Edits, but hey again, I now know how to do it. Can't get frustrated (she says still in the honeymoon phase of this novel publishing business).