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Contests & Activities
This week:Edited by: Sarah Rae
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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
7. Removal instructions
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The contests and activities on this site are constantly changing! Almost every day there is something new and exciting to view and participate in. The ideas are endless. Some succeed, some manage to get along, while others, unfortunately, are left behind and forgotten. My goal as your Contest & Activity newsletter editor is to provide each of you with the tools it takes to create a great success.
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The Great Plug Pages
I thought I'd show off and discuss two of the finest items ever made for any contest or activity host or participant! Sadly, this great addition to Writing.Com is sorely underused. It is a great resource to both contest and activity hosts and participants.
The rules to the plug pages are simple:
Post any item rated E through XGC
Make sure your intro-rating is E
Keep any text entered E
Post each item only once per page
Limit yourself to three items at one time
Why is this such a great addition to Writing.Com?
How do you sum up your great contest in 90 character or less? You can do it, but you have to leave out important information, like the prizes, the closing date, etc. With the contest/activity plug pages, you have 255 characters to describe your contest and attract participants! That's almost three times as much space to advertise your new contest/activity. Not to mention, I, as an editor, will always browse the plug pages for items to link in the newsletter. (*note: all highlighted items this month are taken from the plug pages. Wouldn't you like to see yours there next month?)
Think back to the last time you decided to run a search for a contest. How many results did you get? Quite a few. But how many of those were actually a contest and not a contest entry? Not so many. The activity and contest plug pages weed out those pesky contest entries that otherwise clog the search results. How many hadn't been open for several weeks to several years? It can get frustrating trying to wade through the flood of results to find a contest that is open and worth entering.
So how do the plug pages help you?
Writing.Com's "Writing Contests @ Writing.Com!" and "Activities @ Writing.Com" give hosts and participants a place to meet. The host gets to advertise their active contest/activity with more space than they would with a simple search or random plug in scroll or a forum (*note: there is no guarantee that any scroller or forum reader will even be looking for a contest/activity to participate in when you do plug). The participant is given a free list of contests or activities that are open, active, and looking for participants. I encourage all of you to take a peek at these plug pages and see the benefit that have to you!
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