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Contests & Activities
This week:Edited by: terryjroo
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
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The abundance of contests and activities offered at Writing.com, help to create the most exciting and fun website for writers. The Contest and Activities Newsletter is provided each month to, not only assist you in keeping up with the latest and greatest items, but to help assure that, if interested, you have the tools necessary to run a successful contest or activity. I hope you enjoy this issue! terryjroo
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Hosting an Ongoing Contest
This issue will feature information on ongoing contests, that is, contests that repeat themselves on a regular basis (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly). It takes a tremendous amount of work and dedication to run one of these contests, so my hat’s off to the wonderful people who host them! Under the “Editor’s Picks” you will find some well run and respected ongoing contests. I hope you find something you’d like to enter.
To run an ongoing contest you must first create the contest. Before doing so you want to consider the following:
What sort of contest do I want to host? (poetry, short story, flash fiction, etc.)
What amount of time can I dedicate to the contest? (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.)
What prizes should I offer? (gift points, awardicons, merit badges, etc.)
Who will judge? (besides myself, will I enlist others to help?)
Once you have answered these questions you can create your contest. The majority of contests are set up as forums since they allow for the most posts. You will want to list your contest under the contest genre so ensure it can be found by the WDC search feature. In the body of the forum you want to state how often you will be running the contest and list the start and end dates for the current round. Make sure that you spell out the rules of the contest clearly and logically. Use WritingML to highlight important aspects of the contest. Last, create a welcome or prompt post to let contest entrants know that you’re ready to begin.
A couple of notes on running your ongoing contest:
Make sure that you have adequate gift points to cover your prizes for and extended period of time. While many contests will receive donations, you cannot count on them to fund your project.
Most ongoing contests seem to have the owner as the sole judge. While this makes things easy on the owner, it’s nice to bring in guest judges as well from time to time. Make sure you list any judges other than yourself should you decide to use them.
While not necessary, it’s always nice to create a winners list (a simple static item listing links to the winner’s items) so that others can see who you’ve awarded in the past.
Don’t forget to periodically list your contest on "Writing Contests @ Writing.Com!"
Should you need to close your contest or go on hiatus, be sure to state that in the description and the body of the contest. Also, you should consider posting a message stating that the contest is closed and when it will be open again, if it will.
I hope you’ve found this issue helpful!
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