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Contribute to our latest yearbook – enter our mountain bike writing competition

We are hard at work putting the final touches to our 2021 yearbooks, but there’s one person who hasn’t submitted their story yet – you.

That’s right, we are inviting you to submit a piece of writing that will feature on our website and, if you are the one lucky winner, be printed in Spent, the newest addition to our yearbook family.

This is a competition

Yep, this is a writing competition. You know, words and stuff.

It’s a chance to dust off your notepad and get creative with up to 800 words of wisdom. For us, it’s an opportunity to discover new talent. We might even end up using you for future reporting.

To state the obvious, we’re a mountain biking media company, so whatever you write has to be about mountain bikes.

All entries will be posted on our website on a dedicated Words Library page.

One chosen winner will be printed in our latest yearbook, Spent.

The competition:

  • Submit up to 800 words on any mountain bike-related subject you like
  • English language only
  • It can be storytelling, reporting, fiction or even a poem if you want
  • Make it serious, unserious, funny, sad, factual, fictional
  • Submissions must be received before 23 November 2021

One WINNER gets all this:

  • Their article printed across four pages in Spent, the 2021 Misspent Summers all-things-MTB yearbook
  • A highly limited Hero Dirt wood block for your desk
  • 2021 yearbooks bundle (Hurly Burly, The World Stage, and Spent)
  • Misspent Summers beanie
  • Misspent Summers t-shirt
  • Photo print for your wall
  • £200


  • We won’t mark you down for a few typos, but if it’s a total mess we might struggle to follow your text
  • Entertain, inform or inspire us
  • A panel of five judges (all Misspent Summers crew) will decide the winner
  • Late entries will be published on our website but won’t be entered into the competition to be printed in Spent

Runners-up prizes:

All entries will be published on the Misspent Summers website.

Two runners-up will receive free copies of Spent, a photo print and a Misspent Summers beanie.


  • By submitting your writing, you are happy for it to be published on misspentsummers.com – you will be credited for the work, but there will be no reimbursement for its publication online
  • If your work is selected as the winning piece, you are happy for it to be published in print in Spent, the Misspent Summers yearbook
  • Competition entries must be received before 23 November 2021

How to enter

Submit your writing as a Word, ODT, Pages or PDF document be adding it as an attachment and emailing it to [email protected].

If you are having any problems submitting your writing, don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact form.

The winner will be chosen on 24 November 2021 and announced via social media.

Good luck!

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