Horseback writers of the world, this is your moment: Horse Nation is seeking to expand its writing team!

Citizens of Horse Nation, the last time we ran an open blogger contest was 2018. Where does the time go? Apparently every five years or so, we like to search the web for fresh new voices to join the Horse Nation team — arguably the most ridiculous, fun-loving pirate crew of equestrian writers on the internet. If you’ve always felt like you had plenty to say on the insanity we call horse life, now is your time to come aboard!

It may surprise some of you to know that many of our writers and editors started came from the blogger contest. Former Managing Editor Kristen Kovatch penned a column called “In My Boots,” chock-full of her random musings on the western world. Jumper Nation’s former managing editor Meagan DeLisle started much the same way; many of our current freelance rockstars all started out as weekly bloggers. There is no limit to how far you can go.

And that’s why we’re excited to open up our third-ever blogger contest!

The requirements: The ideal contestant has a passion for horses, a way with words, and a willingness to contribute 1-2 posts for Horse Nation each week. This is a paid position, with potential to grow into additional work. This is not a “make a million bucks” position, but it’s a great side gig for someone looking to get a foot in the door and earn some extra horse show/vet bill money.

Who is eligible? Anyone! No prior experience is necessary. Horse Nation is proud to be “undisciplined,” which means that we have readers all over the world from every walk of horse life out there.

What’s in it for me? Internet fame and glory, and the platform for you to launch your writing career. But wait. There’s more! We are thrilled to announce that in addition to work opportunities, we’ll be offering a $500 cash prize for this year’s Blogger Contest! The winner of this three round contest will receive $300, and two runners-up will each receive $100.

How do I apply? Your Round 1 entries will include a short bio (name, age, background, character-defining qualities, embarrassing tidbits) and a 300-600 word original sample of your best work in the Horse Nation style — personal essays, listicles, GIFs… anything goes! Entries will be judged on their ability to keep our panel of judges wildly entertained. Finalists will be narrowed down in subsequent rounds.

We’ll be publishing tips & tricks as well as Instagram stories with members of the team this month to give you a full backstage pass into how our team works and what it’s like to work in equestrian media. Any questions? We’re happy to answer! You can email deann@horsenation.com or send us a DM on Instagram.

First round entries are due on Friday, July 22. Email your entry to deann@horsenation.com with the subject line “HN Blogger Contest Entry.”

Good luck, go writing, and go riding!

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