Your latest chance to Write Stuff


TL;DR: The latest cycle of Write Stuff offers a new "short" category for aspiring writers - it's your chance to write more, earn more and read more.

The second cycle of Compose's Write Stuff programme has just wrapped up and for the next cycle we're making it easier than ever for you to write stuff about databases. Write Stuff is designed to enable people to write about databases from your experience. From development to production, we want to hear your stories and share what you've learnt about databases.

Shorter, sweeter Addons

With the end of cycle 2, comes cycle 3 of Write Stuff. We wanted to give people more opportunity to join in on this cycle. Some potential writers said they didn't feel they could craft a full Write Stuff article but they still had interesting ideas for hints and tips. So that's why we're adding a new category to Write Stuff for people who don't want to commit to writing a larger article.

The main Write Stuff category is still looking for articles of around two thousand words or more, but for those people who are new to writing and would just like to get some knowledge out there as their first writing we've created Write Stuff Addons. It's especially for articles around five hundred words. The only difference, apart from the article length, is that the subject matter should be specifically related to the databases that Compose currently hosts.

So if you know timesaver in MongoDB's shell, have perfected a query in PostgreSQL, got some refreshing thinking for RethinkDB, have a way to stretch Elasticsearch or are just refreshed by Redis, now you have a way to get published. We're also interested in Addons for our beta databases, etcd and rabbitMQ. Or if you're a Compose user, write about your experience with Compose and our production-ready databases. If you get your Write Stuff Addon published, you'll be eligible for $100 cash or database credit on Compose.

Get Writing Stuff!

Of course, as well as Addons, we're always accepting submissions for Write Stuff articles too. Drop us a line - we're happy to hear all your ideas, help you work out your approach and point you in the right direction to make an engaging read.

You can submit your ideas for either a Write Stuff article or Addon – or your Addon article if you're a quick writer – through our Write Stuff form or by dropping a mail to

Cycle 2 Bonus

Congratulations are in order for Gigi Sayfan, recipient of the $500 bonus after topping the poll for best Write Stuff cycle 2 article with his Arrays and Replication: A MongoDB Performance Pitfall article. The cycle 2 entrants were all good reads but Gigi's article picked out an interesting aspect of how you can make MongoDB perform oddly. The bonus clock is now reset and for cycle 3, ending on April 30th, Write Stuff articles will be eligible for that $500 bonus. Get writing if you want to participate and remember to vote if you really liked a Write Stuff article.

Dj Walker-Morgan
Dj Walker-Morgan was Compose's resident Content Curator, and has been both a developer and writer since Apples came in II flavors and Commodores had Pets. Love this article? Head over to Dj Walker-Morgan’s author page to keep reading.

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