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Red Rants Writing Competition

Red Rants is looking to open up to the community to post on the main blog in the form of a competition. The best two (or three) bloggers, at the end of this competition will get to blog on RR for a year. Of course, there are rules for this, for which you’ll have to read on.

1) Number of Entries: One entry per person.

2) Size: There will not be word limits, but you wouldn’t want to send in two small paragraphs for consideration either.

3) Kind of pieces: We will not consider match reports or match previews. Opinion pieces/research pieces — stuff that add insight — are the kind we are looking for. If you can write good opinion pieces, it wouldn’t be a stretch to write a match report. So having insightful articles rather than routine match reports will be the way to go about it. Although, if you can write a really funny match report/preview then do feel free to send it in. (Of course, you have to be really sure that your piece is funny enough.)

4) Quality: We do set a high bar for quality. So language, writing style, grammar and spellings do matter. And so will be the formatting — in terms of paragraph sizes (not fancy fonts). In short, when we publish your submission, we will not have to do formatting work on it. It has to be good to go on the site.

5) Editorial vision and discretion: And finally the most important thing to note. This site was set up as a fan blog for Manchester United. While the comments section does allow freedom of opinions, there is an editorial vision as far as content goes on the main blog. While I may not necessarily have to agree with what goes on the main blog, I will not give posts that reek of venom about the club/players much space. Insightful reasoning about the team’s deficiencies can be acceptable, but extremely abrasive tone that attempts to hide behind supposed excuses like “this is a rant site” and “freedom of speech” will not work here. If there is unreasonable venom, and we define what is “unreasonable” here then it will not be published and we do not have to offer any explanation. Constructive criticism is allowed — the rest is upto your skill as a writer to be able to warp the criticism in a level headed manner.

6) Relevance: An ammendment/additional rule, this. We want your pieces to be relevant when it goes to print. While timeless pieces such as an ode to a player — past or present — or an assessment of United squads would work, make sure that if you are sending a piece you’ve written a few aeons ago, the references used in the post wouldn’t sound out of place today. In short, we’d prefer fresh pieces but if there are articles that can be relevant to date, then it’ll work. I hope this makes sense.

The posts will be published if they meet our criteria, and will be decided by an independent panel. So don’t send me emails if your entry doesn’t cut it. We will look to run this competition for a month from today. We may extend it if we receive more worthy entries.

To send your posts, use the contact form or alternatively, send them to redrants [at] gmail [dot] com. For the technologically challenged, replace [at] with @ and [dot] with . — your subject line should be titled “Red Rants Writing Competition”. You can either attach your piece as a txt file or put it in the body of the email with the article title. Do remember to let us know your name — if you want an alias to sign off your article with or your real name.



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  2. antsBoy

    17 December 2008 at 18:30

    Wow, we’re getting more n more weird commenters by the day…

    anywayz..this is awesome news! It’s a great idea that we’re having this done, and it’ll give quite a few to do what they love, write about their fav team ManUtd!

    Way to go RR!

  3. Red Ranter

    17 December 2008 at 18:32

    @antsBoy: That is not a commenter. It’s a trackback — i.e., a link back to a post that linked to this post

  4. antsBoy

    17 December 2008 at 18:33

    By the way, I watched quite a bit of the first semi (CWC) today, and both teams didn’t do much to impress me…yes, some good flicks and passing, a lil south american flair definitely, but both teams were woeful in posession and wasteful too. I’d be definitely hoping for us to steamroll all opposition on the way to the cup.

    Oh, for all viewers in India: Rejoice, TenSports is showing it LIVE. 4pm tomorrow!

  5. antsBoy

    17 December 2008 at 18:35

    @Red Ranter: Umm.. yeah but why? People will definitely see the previous post I believe before getting here, that is if they have anything more than a 640×480 res πŸ˜› Unless, the trackback was an automatic thing. Yeah, it seemed weird that a commenter would take the pain to write something like bad!

  6. Red Ranter

    17 December 2008 at 18:38

    @antsBoy: Trackbacks are automatic and usually applies even to external blogs that link to the article in question. It helps keep track of external blogs/sites that reference the posts on the blog — and it’s a very old feature in blogs in general. For some reason, due to a bug in the design of the site perhaps, it’s never been on this site.

  7. RedDevilEddy

    17 December 2008 at 18:58

    @Red Ranter: Yippie! You are back! Ive missed you mate. Long time, no hear. RedRants hasnt been the same without you. Things have been boring and out of control sometimes when you have been away, but Ive done what I can to keep RedRants RedRants. πŸ˜‰ 😎 Hopefully you`ll be more active from now on, because this blog is amazing. Cheers mate, and welcome back.

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  9. Liam

    17 December 2008 at 20:49

    Hmm interesting… Might give it a bash, although I can see my article dealing with something that will be quite a common entry. Will have to boot up the old computer (I comment more often than not on my iPod-slow but convenient πŸ™‚ )

  10. Grognard

    18 December 2008 at 02:33

    RR, compliments on the competition you have started but I also feel you need to start a new subject thread due to the fact the last one seems to have died from lack of interest. Hope you have enjoyed your much deserved holiday. πŸ™‚

  11. john freakin' o'shea

    18 December 2008 at 04:43

    Grognard’s going to win this i think πŸ™‚

  12. Red Ranter

    18 December 2008 at 04:50

    @Grognard: My much deserved holiday is not over, yet. πŸ˜€

    I am still in its midst and enjoying it.

  13. john freakin' o'shea

    18 December 2008 at 05:14

    RR, are you starting this competition so you can have more holidays? πŸ˜†

  14. Red Ranter

    18 December 2008 at 05:22

    @john freakin’ o’shea: I am having holidays either way. That’s something I have to take. Everyone likes holidays πŸ™‚

    Anyway, will create a match thread for the game.

  15. Grognard

    18 December 2008 at 07:10

    @Red Ranter: Good for you. I know you earned it. It’s good that you are doing well and I speak for many on this blog when I say it’s good to have you back, even if your holiday isn’t over yet. πŸ˜†

  16. Rahul

    18 December 2008 at 09:17

    Well.. there is Grog who would be (quite fairly) a clear contender to get one of the two (or three) spots in contention. So that makes it one (or two) more spots for me to contest.

    Should I take a chance?? Must think over it!! The proposition is certainly exciting, and the reward’s tantalizing!!

    @Red Ranter: When does the competition close by the way??

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