What Can New Writers Do with a $4K Scholarship? 8 Professionals Give Advice

September 18, 2015

new writers

95 days.

That’s how much time is left till the winner of the New Writer Scholarship 2015 is announced.

(As of this post date.)

Have you applied? You might be the winner and not even know it yet. Time is ticking so get your application turned in pronto.

New Writers Hoping to Win Should Listen to These Folks

This scholarship is an investment in your future. Right?

Four thousand dollars is nothing to sneeze at. If you win, you want to use it wisely, I hope.

Please don’t blow it on Farmville. 🙂

When I make any investment, I think it’s smart to ask for some guidance from a few experienced folks who know what they’re talking about. You know, pick their brain and see what they would do.

That’s why I asked some professional writers what they would advise you to do with a $4K scholarship.

These are people making a living as writers, and they were once “new writers” like you.

Some of them did not get to start their career with a scholarship. A few of them did. Yet they all have persevered and found success.

So it’s quite interesting to ask them “What would you do with a new writer scholarship?” and then listen to what they say as they reflect on the road they’ve traveled and what $4K could have done for them early on.

These 8 writers provide some ideas on using the money in ways you may not have considered.

Let’s see what they have to say.

Keep a pen and paper handy as you read. Jot down some notes.

Then let me know what you think in the comments below. Or feel free to ask me any questions you might have after looking over these ideas.

Experienced Writers Offering New Writers Some Scholarship Advice


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Sarah Noel


“What would I do with $4,000 if I were just starting out as a brand new fiction writer?
Honestly, I would save it!!!  As a new writer, income coming in may be very slow.  You’ll be glad to have some money in the bank to pay for upcoming expenses or perhaps to apply to writing contests (which often come with a cost) once you have finished books.

As your success builds, you can then create a website or perhaps invest in other marketing strategies. But if you’re truly brand new, I believe social media is adequate for advertising and you’ll want to keep your expenses to the bare minimum.”

Browse her Amazon catalog.


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Tor Refsland

Writer & Time Management Coach


“You are an aspiring writer, right?

Duh, of course you are.

And for that I salute you!

You are about to embark on a long and challenging journey.

You aim for the stars and you dream of writing content that in the future only will be referred to as the stuff of legends.

So now you have won $4000 in New Writer Scholarship from the awesome guy Matthew Kaboomis.

Great for you!
Double high five *SLAP* *SLAP*

How to spend your $4000 in the best way possible in order to aid your writing career?

My tip would be the same regardless if you are an aspiring journalist, blogger, copywriter, poet, novelist, etc.)
I would spend  the money on the following:
Investing step 1: Get a blogging coach

Blogging is the cheapest and most effective way to build your name and brand FAST, if you do it the right way.

That being said, as with most goals worth accomplishing, it takes time.

As a beginning blogger I wrote a blog post, 80 Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy Experts, which resulted in:
– 5707 visitors in 6 days (that is a 19,41 times increase of traffic per day!)
– 20 231 page views in 6 days
– Over 1400 shares on social media
Investing step 2: Take a writing course
I don`t care how good you think you are when it comes to writing.

You can always become better.

The difference between successful people and those who aren´t, is that successful people are continuously working on improving their skills.

You wanted to live from your writing, right?
Great, then it`s settled.
Investing step 3: Hire a time management coach

You only have 24 hours in your day.

This means that in order to get results FAST, you need to be able to manage your time and become more productive.

However, the most important thing is not that you are able to free up more time in your schedule…

but WHAT you are spending your time on.

If I helped you to save 7 hours per week, and you only spent the time watching mediocre sitcoms on Netflix, how would that help your writing career?

It would be a TOTAL waste of time.

On the other hand, if you were spending your time on building your blog or/and taking a writing course, that would be time well spent.

You get my point.
I know what you are thinking…
How does managing your time help you to build your name and brand FAST?

Well, I turned myself into a guinea pig and tested it out.

The results?

In less than 9 months, I managed to do the following:
– Won the “most epic blog post” award on Jon Morrow`s blog Boost Blog Traffic
– Interviewed 9 times on big blogs
– Published 19 guest posts in big websites, including Addicted 2 Success, Lifehack and Pick The Brain
– Featured as an expert on 30 big blogs, included Ahrefs, SEMRush and Post Planner.

As you probably have guessed by now, I help people to SAVE TIME and INCREASE RESULTS.

If you have any questions, don`t hesitate to shoot me an email: [email protected]

Check out Tor’s website.


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Jeffrey Field

Journalist & Screenplay Writer

“For an aspiring writer, a $4,000 scholarship would be able to provide two valuable things: tools and time.

A writer without a laptop and the right software for his or her chosen medium lacks the true freedom to pursue the craft.

The writer who spends precious hours at a pays-the-bills day job isn’t getting much writing done.

A scholarship will allow a new writer to step away from the paycheck-generating, time-sucking work, even for a short time, and dive into the joy of research or generating pages.”

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Demian Farnworth

Web Writer & Poet

“That’s a great question.

I guess it depends upon your situation. Do you need the money to survive?

If you don’t, then everything goes to education. Investing it in books, online courses, hiring a coach.”

Read Demian’s blog.
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Alistair McHarg

Author & Poet

“You can’t buy your way into this club. If you want to write, you will – if you have pots of money but no hunger – you won’t.

I have an M.A. in Creative Writing but I didn’t learn a thing about writing until I threw myself into my first book like a cliff diver leaping into a volcano.”

See his four books.


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Ryan Healy

Direct Response Copywriter


“If I had $4,000 to get started as a direct response copywriter, here’s how I would spend it.

FIRST: I’d spend $750 on books and courses. Some of my favorite books that teach direct response copywriting are Great Leads by Michael Masterson, Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene Schwartz, Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins, Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy. I also personally learned a bunch from AWAI’s Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting. I recommend it, especially if you’re just getting started.

SECOND: I’d write a sales letter promoting my services and publish it online. You can use tools like ClickFunnels to publish faster and easier and avoid the additional cost of domain registration and hosting. ClickFunnels is something like $97 or $197 a month. (For this piece, I’ll budget $200.)

THIRD: I’d set aside $800 for PPC advertising on Google AdWords and/or Bing (Microsoft Ads). Set up your ad campaigns, set your daily budget, then start testing. Drive traffic to your landing page and measure the results.

FOURTH: I’d set aside $2,250 for event tickets and travel expenses. I’d personally try to get to AWAI’s Copywriting Bootcamp (which happens in the fall) or Traffic and Conversion (which happens in January). Why these events? Because it’s a good place to network with people who hire copywriters. Event tickets vary in price, but are usually $500 to $1,500 a ticket. Cost of travel varies too, but expect to spend an additional $750 for plane ticket, hotel, and food for each trip. You can always save on the hotel if you can find somebody to room with. I’ve done this many times. And don’t forget business cards! Order a small box of 250 or 500 to hand out at events.

So to sum up, I’d spend my money on EDUCATION, SOFTWARE, ADVERTISING, and EVENTS – in that order.

Keep in mind, the figures I’ve shared here are rough approximations. The actual amounts might differ slightly based on which courses you buy, which events you attend, and so forth. Nevertheless, I hope this provides you with some clear direction should you embark on a career as a freelance direct response copywriter.”

Browse Ryan’s blog.

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Mike Allton

Author & Blogger

That’s a great question, and one not easily answered, as there is quite a lot which can be accomplished with such an investment.

I would actually start by saving most of the money at first.

As a new writer, by definition, you need time to explore your talents and interests, discover your passions, and find your voice. You could invest in great branding, a custom WP theme, and other implementations, but you risk starting off in a direction that isn’t quite right for you.

Instead, focus on your writing. Use this time to find and follow potential peers and colleagues, influencers and mentors online, and read, read, read. And keep writing. There are plenty of free and inexpensive tools and platforms available to facilitate this part.

Only after you’ve targeted your niche and gotten closer to finding your voice should you invest in things like a custom design or branding assistance.

But this is the point where having funds set aside can really help, because now that you know who you’re writing for and have been following influencers in your field, you can afford to invest in attending an industry conference. Between the conference fees, accommodations, travel and other expenses, you’ll likely need a significant portion of those funds. But the ‘ROI’ is tremendous!

You see, the training sessions will no doubt be great, but you almost have to have some experience under your belt in order to really appreciate and apply what you’re going to learn.

And you need to have taken the time to develop some online relationships in order to cement those relationships face-to-face.

Others here will no doubt have some great ideas for you, but my recommendation is to save as much as you can so that you can attend a great conference for networking and advanced education.

See Mike’s website.

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Chef Dennis

Writer & Video Blogger


If I won a $4,000 New Writer Scholarship, I would use the money for writing workshops and classes to improve my skills as a writer and with any money leftover, develop a media kit and business cards.

Visit his website.

New Writers Have Nothing to Lose and A LOT to GAIN Here

I wish more people could win this scholarship.

Only one new writer will ultimately be announced the winner on December 23rd.

Yet in the meantime, everyone following along will learn some great tips on starting a writing career.

More helpful posts on getting started as a writer are coming, so be sure to apply for the new writer scholarship if you have not yet.

You will get notified by email whenever a helpful new post is out.

So no matter which of you wins, we all can learn and grow together up to the big announcement on Dec. 23rd.

I can’t wait!

Photo Credit: The Proletariat Poetry Factory by chinnian  CC BY-SA 2.0

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter


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  1. Tor Refsland says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew,

    thanks a lot for including me in this post.

    Your New Writer Scholarship is just awesome.


    Everyone aspiring writer should apply.

    Heck, I might do it too.

    It`s so admirable that you are giving back, Matthew.

    That is a true trait of successful people.

    Kudos for you!



    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Tor,

      I appreciate your advice here, which was quite generous. Thanks. 🙂

      I was just telling someone that this process feels like Christmas approaching. 🙂 Can’t wait to announce the winner!



  2. Brent Jones says:    •   4 years

    This is pretty awesome, Matt! I didn’t even know you were doing this…! Not sure how I missed it.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Brent,

      This was first announced in July. Not sure how you missed it either, bro.
      I guess you didn’t open all my emails. 😉 LOL

      I like how we can kid around.

      Talk Soon,


  3. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    I think this is awesome of you to do and to help our aspiring writers.

    I can see why if you’re struggling to make a living then you might need these funds to just survive but if you need the education or the resources to help you get further then of course they would really come in handy for that as well.

    Either way, $4K is very generous and anyone eager to get into copywriting as a profession would probably love having this one fall into their lap.

    I wish everyone the very best.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Adrienne,

      Yeah, that’s my goal here–help someone launch a writing career by helping to give them access to some tools and teachings that would help a lot. These tools and teachings are not free though, so this can help out.

      You mentioned copywriting, just wanted to make sure you noticed this is open to novelists, poets and screenwriters too. 🙂

      Thanks for supporting this scholarship!


  4. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    You’re right, it’s open to anyone wanting to write about anything. I guess being a blogger I have that ingrained in my brain.

    I know this is really going to help someone who needs that encouragement and push to get to the next level. So awesome of you to do this for them.

    Thanks again Matthew and I’ll be sure to share this in my post on Monday! Least I can do to help you out. 😉


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      OMG, this is going to be in Magical Monday?

      You just made my day week. 😀

      Thanks you so much, Adrienne!

      You’re awesome,


  5. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    It sure is and that will be next Monday’s post so hope that will help get the word out more Matthew.

    Happy to help you my friend and everyone eager to take advantage of your generosity! 😉

    You’re the BEST!


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      “…so hope that will help get the word out more, Matthew.”

      Are you kidding me!! It’s going to help tremendously, amazingly, wonderfully.

      This settles it, Adrienne…YOU. ARE. THE. BEST.

      Thank you!


  6. Steffi says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew and all the awesome guys who shared their advice!
    Thanks a lot for your inspiration.

    Now after reading all your posts, I would invest the money in (1) Personal Coaching (not necessarily on writing, rather on blog promotion) and (2) an online course on storytelling, as those two are my biggest challenges right now.
    But then again it’d be hard to decide, as there’s lots of cool coaches and programs out there…

    All the best, Steffi

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Steffi,

      Happy to see this has got you thinking…so you’re interested in learning more about telling a compelling story and then getting it in front of people…solid.
      Glad this inspires you! Good luck!


  7. Deb Palmer says:    •   4 years

    Great comments! I’m always daydreaming what it would be like to have some type of professional guidance. I spend a lot of time educating myself, sucking loads of time, reaping snail speed progress.
    Thanks for your heart to help.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Deb,
      If it makes you feel any better, I have sometimes wished progress would move faster.

      Recently, I came across this quote you may find helpful:

      “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” – C.S. Lewis

      Keep on truckin. A year from now, you will be glad you persevered.




  8. Ehi says:    •   4 years


    Should I win, I’d first publish my yet-to-be-published poetry collection while the fame lasts, investing the returns on personal development on how to efficiently & effectively manage a creative writing blog.

    Then I’ll simply build and host an online young writers’ coaching house – a sort of a first-ever electronic writer’s residency programme where I and some other professional writing coach would train a selected few, who must have shown prospect, having won my online poetry competition.

    It’s been a childhood dream to teach people the rudiments of creative writing without having to see their faces.

    Thanks to advancement in technology.

    And thanks to nice folks like you, Matthew.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Ehi,

      I like how you’re leveraging the internet. You have a solid plan and I don’t see any reason why you won’t achieve it. There will be some work involved, but you already know this–when you love doing it then it’s not “work.” 🙂

      You definitely can teach others without a brick and mortar classroom thanks to the internet. Be sure to make the most of it. Seize the day!

      Good luck to you,


  9. Jess Mc says:    •   4 years

    Time. I would buy myself some time. Then I’d offer to pay someone for some feedback and tutoring. Someone just for me. I’d also get a super clever designer to make me a nice digital space I was excited to add to and show off.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Jess,

      Those are great ways to use the scholarship. Having a digital space that excites and motivates you is an important factor for any writer today.

      Time, tutoring and some technical help all sound like a good investments to me.

      Glad you dropped by today. I wish you much success!


  10. Ashika says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew!

    First of all, thank you for the inspiration and, of course, this scholarship program. It’s such a great motivation for beginner writers like myself.

    I think I would use the money to buy books about writing and blog promotion, and, since I’m interested in writing about places and cultural events in Indonesia, I would need the money to actually go to these places and events. I’m starting out small, but the 4k would definitely be a big help.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Ashika!

      Glad to hear how this is inspiring you and other aspiring writers. 🙂

      What type of writing do you do? Investing in some books on writing and blog promotion are worthy investments.
      Wow, Indonesia is such a fascinating country! Never been there, so I’m curious, do you go from island to island by boat or plane? I’m sure that would get a bit costly.

      Let’s keep in touch and I wish you tons of success. 🙂



      1. Ashika says:    •   4 years

        Hey Matthew,

        Well, it’s pretty much the same here as in any other place. You can go to most places by plane or train or bus. But, yes, it is definitely costly.

        I write short articles for a lifestyle website, but I’m thinking of starting a blog about Indonesia. I figured I wanted to promote my culture… I’m gonna start with my hometown, but with enough resources I could go to other places, experience other cultures and write about what I actually experience. 🙂

  11. Ashley Murray says:    •   4 years

    Hi there! Great post, I enjoyed it. I have entered the competition so this is highly informative.
    My question I have been toying with is enrolling in a course such as an MA Creative Writing as mentioned above. I’m a soon-to-be graduate in Medicine and whilst I am (questionably) desperate to study further, reading about how you really learn when you actually throw yourself into writing a book makes me wonder about my choice. Furthermore, South Africa does not have that many ground breaking courses in Creative Writing, I would probably have to study online. At the same time, it seems like courses might be the best way to invest the money, as it’s mentioned multiple times above. Unless I don’t work as a doctor and invest the money as likewise mentioned above. Hmmm. Many new thoughts raised from this article, thank you for organizing and thank you to all the contributors 🙂

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Ashley,

      Awesome to hear. That’s why I’m doing these posts, to bring applicants “highly informative” content. 🙂

      You have quite the story playing out. Wow, so you’re going to be a doctor, eh? Congrats on all the hard work you’ve accomplished. That says a lot about your future chances to also be a writer. You obviously have the self discipline to succeed in whatever you set your mind to do.

      I don’t know all the dynamics to your situation…practicing medicine for a season might be good. Doesn’t mean you cannot prepare along the way in your spare time.

      I could say “follow your heart”, which sounds so cliché, but really, that’s what you’re going to inevitably do.

      Who are some real life doctors who became writers? I’m sure there’s a few out there you could get inspiration from by reading their personal story. Maybe you’ve already Googled that?

      Whatever you decide to do, I hope you’ll keep in touch and let us know how things are going.

      Thanks for sharing your journey with us and good luck to you!



  12. Odiah Azu. says:    •   4 years

    This was awesome, really. I hadn’t really asked myself what I would do if I had $4000. Thanks a lot for the great advices… and reminder. If I got the scholarship, I would invest it in my future by saving it till during the holidays (i’m an undergrad.), where I can attend retreats, workshops and classes(like the time management class).
    Thanks again Matthew. Chef Dennis. Alistair. Sarah. Tor. Damien. Jeffery. Mike. and Ryan. You all are inspiring.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Odiah,

      Glad you enjoyed this. 🙂

      Your comment makes me wish I was a student again in some ways. 🙂 I know from experience the value “retreats, workshops and classes” do provide for a new writer.

      Good luck to you, and I’ll make sure the others know you thanked them.



  13. Havle says:    •   4 years

    I am very excited to be a part of your competition! Among so many competitive blogs, I don’t know how much chance I stand but I would be very honored if I stood such a chance. 🙂
    Thank you for the email!
    Have a nice day!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Havle,

      Super cool to have you in the competition!

      Regardless of the outcome here, I do wish you much success in your writing endeavors.

      Keep watching for more emails along the way with more fun and interesting topics.

      Talk again soon,


  14. Nonjie says:    •   4 years

    Hi, Matthew. Thank you for the opportunity you have given aspiring writers out there. We appreciate the advice from the experienced writers. They know what it’s like to have a Dream and ambition. Win or lose we have learned something from entering.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Nonjie,

      I love your outlook. “Win or lose we have learned something from entering.”

      I couldn’t have said it better. I think just by leaving a comment here, you are learning more than someone who doesn’t leave a comment.

      Stay tuned for some additional info as time moves forward to the eventual announcement of the winner!

      Cheers to your dream and ambition,


  15. Eduard Valentin says:    •   4 years

    Hi guys !
    Just passing by to say I’m honored to be in such great company and to wish all of the participants good luck in this.
    4000 bucks ?! That’s a really big deal. I’ve always had the answer for this: if I win, I am gonna use the money to travel and share great experiences through my blog or the potential book I would write.
    No doubts there!
    Hugs and good luck

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Eduard,

      Glad you dropped by. 🙂

      That is true, you’re in great company. Lots of quality folks have applied.

      That sounds like a fun way to invest this scholarship! Are you a travel writer?

      You sound like you definitely have a plan, and for that I commend you.

      Thanks for the warm and friendly comment, Eduard.

      Good luck,


  16. Lani says:    •   4 years

    Hi everyone! Thanks so much for your insight and advice! I appreciated everyone’s advice and thought Jeffrey Field’s advice especially pertained to my needs as an aspiring writer. I just started my Fulbright year in Slovakia and decided to start a baking and travel blog! If I won the scholarship I think I would invest in a better camera ( other than my iPhone haha) so that I could document things and pursue my interests in food photography. I also would like to start a project regarding apiculture and beekeeping in Slovakia because I am living in a rural village where there are so many beekeepers and natural pollinators! I’d love to interview these local beekeepers about the prevalence of Colony Collapse Disorder since its such a major topic in the US right now. I would use the scholarship money to purchase a video camera to experiment with short documentary film making for my blog.

    One question I had doesn’t pertain specifically to budgeting but since you are all experienced writers I’m wondering how you interact with your readers and if there is a social aspect of being an online blogger. Right now as I write my own blog posts, I know close family and friends are reading because they are curious but even still it feels very one sided with me putting my experiences and recipes out there and not getting any responses from readers who read but do not comment. It feels unnatural not to have a two-sided conversation from those who read my posts, but I think it’s simply a result of the online platform where I am telling people my stories from my computer screen and not to their faces. Is there any methods you use to promote more interaction with your readers?

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Lani,

      Like you, I appreciated the feedback these 8 writers gave. I asked them and they were gracious with their time. I’ll be sure Jeff Field see’s your comment here.

      You have a Fulbright scholarship in Slovakia, how cool is that? Congrats to you!

      Although the iphone 6 camera is pretty good for a mobile camera, getting an even higher quality camera sounds like a good idea for your food photos. I am also interested in beekeeping, although I have not done so at this point. I buy honey from a couple of local apiaries and have always found it fascinating. Did you see this video? Quite the invention these guys made. 🙂

      I’ll make sure all the writers see your question here…Here’s how I would answer: Yes, I think all bloggers, new ones in particular, benefit by allowing comments on their articles. Please understand that only a small percentage of your readers will comment on a blog post. So, the more traffic you generate, that will increase your comments. However, there are some things you can do to encourage people to interact with you. One of the most self evident methods is to directly ask your readers to comment. Another thing to practice that will get people to comment is for you to leave comments on other bloggers’ sites. They will reciprocate. (Be sure thought to leave quality comments on other blogs. Not just “great post!”) A third method is to get creative with motivating people. For example, you could conduct a giveaway where the person with the best comment will win the prize.

      The real key is to build relationships with people online. That will definitely help your comment count to increase.

      Great question, Lani! Thanks for asking it here so other writers can learn, too.

      Good luck,


      1. Lani says:    •   4 years

        That hive looks AMAZING!!! Holy cow thats awesome. Thanks for sharing! I’m only an amateur beekeeper and learned through a journalism project in Argentina so I’ll have to send it to the other beekeepers I know to see what they think!

    2. Jeffrey Field says:    •   4 years

      Hi, Lani —

      Congrats on the Fulbright! That’s a real honor.

      I’m glad you found the advice helpful. I hope you’ll consider pursuing the bee story even if you’re not awarded the scholarship!

      1. Lani says:    •   4 years

        Hi Jeffrey!

        Thanks for your kind comments and advice! Yes, the scholarship would help immensely but I’m planning on making the bee story happen regardless 🙂

  17. Nicola Mauchline says:    •   4 years

    We’re blessed to be a blessing and you are going to bless someone incredibly by your generosity. Travel is a massive inspiration for me as it gives me new destinations to write about plus it just opens something in my mind/heart that gets my creative juices flowing even if I’m not writing about where I’ve visited. If I win I will spend the money on my upcoming trip to the UK and Europe. Thanks for the opportunity to apply.

    Author N.J. Mauchline

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi N.J.,

      Wonderful to hear from you down in NZ. I checked out your blog and saw where you are based.

      I think traveling is a fabulous idea in almost every case. You will not regret it. Your experiences will only help your writing.

      I wish you continued success in your career. Good luck to you!


  18. Milan Živić says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    Thank you for your guides and kindness. It’s rare these days.. As for the scholarship reward you are offering, I think the only fair is to use it to try publishing at least one piece and I might be enhancing the story I sent previously. I would probably do it regardless. 🙂

    Surely at the end, one way or another, if won, at some point in the future, it would end up in some sort of ‘pay it forward’ of my own..

    Anyways, thank you and all the best,

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Milan,

      Awe, you’re quite welcome mate.

      Right, you could do a quality self publishing with the scholarship.

      That’s pretty awesome how you are already thinking about “paying it forward.” That’s a good motivator and quite inspiring to think about what we can do once our writing career takes off. Trust me, you will enjoy that later on. This scholarship brings me a lot of joy. 🙂

      I wish you tons of success, Milan.



  19. Jane Anderson says:    •   4 years

    Excellent advice and I plan to save some for later education and immediately inest in a coach and workshops. The truth is, no matter how talented I am, the only way to be a writer is to write. The coach would help me be disciplined to write then tailor and focus my writing. Mh biggest issue will be who to hire. I have coaches already trying to get me to hire them.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Jane,

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked this post and I agree, the best way to be a writer is to write, for sure. Although coaching and workshops can be quite beneficial, so I’m glad to see you’re thinking about those, too.

      Definitely need to select the right coach. Having a bunch of coaches to choose from sounds like a good problem. 🙂 Be sure the one you pick is a good person and provides what YOU need.

      Keep in touch! Good luck.



  20. Tiffany Chang says:    •   4 years

    Hi, Matt,

    As I have said in a previous email, if I were to win this scholarship, I would first put it in the bank and use it to buy books or other useful tools to help me perfect my craft and maybe attend events that relate to my field of expertise.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Tiffany,

      Got your email. Great to hear from you!

      There are some fantastic books out there, that’s for sure. A good one is ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income.

      See you around,


  21. Jonathan Acabo says:    •   4 years

    Hi Sir Mathew,

    If I win the $4K? Wow that’s too huge and it’s so overwhelming to hear. Here are the things I want to spend with my $4000:
    1) As adviced by Ryan Healy, I’d spend it on education and practical tools that would help me embark on a professional writing career. I’ll buy a LAPTOP.
    2) Set up a hosting plan and my own professional personal domain. I know a lot of cheap hosting, I guess as beginner I’d risk it. Then improve.
    3) I’ll buy books the one mentioned by the writers above, the blueprint in copywriting mantras.
    4) I’ll buy camera, because I want to integrate writing with my passion in photography. Just midrange camera units.
    5) I’ll attend conferences. Hopefully, abroad and local. There are thousands of camps and conferences around with just minimal expenses. A portion of that $4K would be a great help.
    6) If I have already my own domain, I’ll make it sure it’s leading to success. So, I’ll run a not so cheap ad campaign to boost my brand with Adwords or etc.
    7) Lastly, I dont want to spend all the money. I need to save it because hosting is a continuous spending. So, the rest of the money will be saved.

    I hope this will come true. I really pray.

    I am thankful that I was able to join this amazing contest, and I am so grateful that there is a man like Mathew Kaboomis in this world who would want to sacrifice a generous amount of money just to help someone step out if the box and explore his/her passion.

    Thank you, Mathew. You are a blessing!



    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Jonathan,

      You have put some thought into this. 🙂

      You wouldn’t need to start with a cheap host. I can help you out with that part.

      Thanks for the kind words. Keep in touch.



      1. Jonathan Acabo says:    •   4 years

        Sure, Sir Math… Hopefully soon when I got already the $4k… I’m so excited! I’d love to be mentored by persons I look up to. It boosts me!


  22. Vince says:    •   4 years

    Good tips from one and all, but those are from experts, not mere morals like the rest of us. I have one book in the works, (50%) completed and hoping to self-publish. If I win the great bundle of green, I will most likely save most of it.

    Some portion, would be used to hire a professional editor, and then spend some money on a better book cover.

    Only having a high school education, most of my writing skills, (If you can call them that), have been gained through osmosis. A writing mentor would also be nice to have. If I ever get this first book finished, I have others in mind.

    Love the site by the way….Vince 😉

  23. Liam says:    •   4 years

    Being a young person, $4000 is a huge amount of money to have at my finger tips, especially with University on my doorstep. With the $4000 I would like to put it towards doing experiences that I can go on to write about. Sky diving, road tripping, going to isolated forests for the weekend and visiting interesting people such as writers and travellers in and around Auckland as that is where I will be going to University.

    Thanks for writing this article, was a good read. 🙂

  24. Éric Jouis says:    •   4 years

    Whit this kind of money I can improve my writing and pay for my expand and move my blog forward.


  25. Kownt Akrilowz says:    •   4 years

    $4000 would save my butt from the ambulance bill I picked up during my last drunken visit to the Las Vegas strip. Any money I’d have left over would go to purchasing a domain for my artist website, canvas purchases, and a new spare tire for my car since it was missing after my stolen car was recovered. Any remaining money would be donated to the volunteer art organization that sponsors me which I write detailed art editorials for.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Kownt,

      Dude, your transparency will bring you lots of readers. 🙂

      Good luck,


  26. Tatiana says:    •   4 years

    All great writers started off with just a pen and paper.

    So, I would save my 4K until I know exactly what I want to do with my writing career. There are a number of great opportunities available but I have no idea which door to walk through. Maybe I’ll use the money to travel and write about my many adventures to places I have never been. 4k may also be useful to help with the bills in my household, pay for my niece’s tuition for grade school, or send my mom on a vacation. I can write a never-ending list about the difference 4k will make in my life. But overall, I would rather write about how 4k changed or saved my life.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Tatiana,

      That is very kind of you to consider helping others with a scholarship. Stay generous and you’ll be blessed.
      I wish you lots of success in the future.


  27. Eunice Zakayo says:    •   4 years

    Waoh i’m so impressed by all these.The truth is all these are eyeopeners on writing and how one can succeed in these field.Very inspiring and educative.

  28. Yohanna Tania says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew !

    Thank you for conducting this Build Your Own Blog Competition and providing this space to share our views on how to spend $4K well. Your efforts are very much appreciated 🙂

    The first thing came to my mind when you asked me “Any plans if you win?” was to save the money to support my Master Degree. I’m planning to take my Master Degree either in Development or Communication Studies. One of my biggest dreams is to create a platform which communicates the ideas and actions in improving people’s lives through influential poems, essays, or stories. I think $4K can be allocated to help with the tuition fee, accommodation, and living cost.

    It’s really nice to share it here !

    May the force be with you,

  29. Yatin Khulbe says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matthew

    I am glad I came to know about your post through Adrienne’s Magical Monday series. I am a content marketer and blogger. This month, I converted my passion into my profession by making a dedicated site for my content writing services.

    This is just the beginning. I am confident enough to achieve big in life. In the beginning, I didn’t know anything about blogging. I learned a lot of things from my blogging friends and valuable information from the net.

    The best thing about blogging: There is so much to learn every day, isn’t? You are doing a wonderful task in helping the aspiring writers, like me, to overcome the financial struggles. Most of the experienced writers are focusing on having a mentor and stressing on attending the webinars.

    I have gone through some of the valuable writing courses, paid job boards, and blog mentorship programs. High cost keeps me away from availing these opportunities. This is the problem with the beginners. Your scholarship will definitely help one lucky winner to fulfil his/her dreams.

    I want to clarify one question: Can we submit an already published post?

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hello Yatin! Pleased to meet you.

      Here’s a paste of the scholarship rules as far as the part that addresses your question:

      •Your submitted work (Short story/Poem/Blog post/Any written material you are proud of) cannot be published earlier as part of a printed book (a “book” is defined as having an ISBN), and your submission has not been submitted to any other printed material that may publish this same work).
      •If you piece has been posted on a blog/website, you must include a page URL where the piece can be found online.
      •The work must be in English (Your country of residence can be anywhere.)
      •Only single individuals can apply. Submissions from a team of two or more will not be accepted.

      * You can submit your work to other future competitions/scholarships once the winner is announced. We don’t have any right over your submitted work, nor will we publish it without your consent.

      So, when you say “published”, if that occurred in Print, then no, you cannot submit it. If it has only been published online, you can submit it but you must include a link to the web page where the written piece resides.

      Make sense?

      Good Luck,


  30. Tatiana says:    •   4 years

    Thank you Mathew,

    I’m so excited to be given the opportunity. I have a long road ahead of me and it is important that I share along the way. Especially, amongst those that has given so much up in order to help me become successful. I can want a lot of things but I must first start with what I need to build my foundation to continue building. And so, 4k is something that I need to be able to start building that platform to becoming successful.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hey Tatiana,

      Glad to hear how excited you are!

      Also great to hear how much you want to remember with gratitude what some special folks in your life have done to help you get here.

      You have a lot to look forward to, it sounds like, Tatiana.
      If you need help building that platform, my setup guide is ready.



  31. Brooke says:    •   4 years

    Hey, Matt!

    I’m Brooke, I found out about this scholarship from Gail Carson Levine (author of Ella Enchanted and many other children’s books) over at Goodreads. This is an awesome opportunity for new writers, I’ve already sent my own submission in. Crossing my fingers!

    If I win, I’ll use the money to set up my own professional blog and to contribute to my education. Even if I don’t win the scholarship, this website will be a great reference for me when I’m launching my blog (eventually).

    Thanks for all your help, Matthew! God bless,

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Brooke,

      Thanks for pointing out Ms. Levine as the source of your awareness of the scholarship. I have already thanked her for sharing this news.

      This site will absolutely be here for you once you’re ready to launch your blog.

      I wish you the best life has to offer your writing career.



  32. Jabu says:    •   4 years


    Hi, Mr loomis

    myself if i can win this money, as a new writer firstly i will spend the money in publishing the work I’ve already done writing, and to explore my talent, the other money i will do investment. The other i will look out for mentor ship, writing workshops and classes to improve my skills as a writer.



  33. Samantha McCully says:    •   4 years


    I am so excited for this, for me I have a few plans – like saving it so that I can apply to a creative writing course at university. I really enjoy writing, have since I was eleven years old and scribbling down really silly little poems to cheer myself up.

    Thank you so much for this opportunity, with people like you out there I don’t feel so crushed under the weight of my own expectations. You have done something amazing.


  34. Tabitha Monfette says:    •   4 years

    So I applied for this scholarship about five minutes after you first posted it.
    My essay was a real-life account of domestic violence, addiction, and the tragic unexpected loss of my older brother in 2014.
    IF I were to be so blessed as to win a $4,000 scholarship, I would use the funds for starting a small non-profit called Alec’s Hope, in honor of my late brother. Through Alec’s Hope, I want to reach out to others who have been affected by such circumstances, to encourage, teach, and provide/create positive outlets for their struggle, grief and loss, and help them to find their own voice in the recovery process.
    Your generosity in helping “fledgling” writers is awesome; and I have been inspired by reading others’ comments.
    Also, I thank you for allowing me to share my heart with you and others.
    I wish all participants the best!!

  35. Cami says:    •   4 years

    Just came across your blog today! And came just in time too and also entered the competition too, just started in blogosphere land and I would use the US$4,000 to improve my blog, and for online courses on writing and grammar. But, hey, if I don’t win, all your blog tips have so much wealth in them!

  36. Olivia Wilsons says:    •   3 years

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