say nice things…win prizes!

We want great content (& photos) — from you.

AND, to make it more fun, we're doing prizes

Dinner at a local restaurant or money to spend at a local shop will be awarded to the best entries!

post a photo
…or several

Images of anything in the Upper Valley are eligible for prizes!

selfies of you & friends doing something

hiking, shopping, dining, in your office…whatever. Think "a day in the life of the UV"…your day.

artwork you've created or seen

a shot taken on a hike or in a town

some cool thing in a local shop

(it can even be your shop — free publicity!)

write about something in the UV

…or within a 2-hour drive of the Hanover/WRJ/Lebanon area (as determined by Google maps)


of shops, restaurants, services or destinations…such as a museum or gallery
or events that will continue for at least 5 days beyond the posting date

descriptions of activities

a hike, boating excursion or picnic, your meditation group or yoga class, or day-trip (such as recommendations for a town to visit, where to eat & what to do there)


write about anything

books, films, TV, music, art…

Tell us about something you love & we should all know about.

cool things you've read or seen online

blog posts, news, commentary, videos…

your opinions (political or otherwise)

Opinions don't have to be all that nice, but to be eligible for prizes they must be…civil.

The prize for this round is a gift certificate for (your choice):


fine dining



The Latham House Tavern

casual, bar, takeout, catering

best photo: $25 prize!

best short entry: $25 prize!

Posts of 200–400 words — that's only a paragraph or 2 — will be entered in our short category

best long(er) entry: $50 prize!

Posts of more than 400 words (up to 1,000) will be entered in our long category

contest rules

(In order to be fully legal, this has to be long — sorry!)

This is a judged contest

…but your entry doesn’t have to be brilliant to win — just entertaining, informative and/or useful to our readers.

To be eligible, all submissions — texts & photos — must be wholly original. By posting a text entry or photo you certify that you wrote or took it yourself.

Reviews must be positive in tone…as in “say nice things.” It’s fine to point out that, say, you had a lovely dinner at a restaurant, with the exception of an uninspired salad…but not to post a rant about how much you hated the place. (You can do that on Yelp.)

Winning text entries will be judged on 3 criteria:

Photos will be judged on 2 criteria:

selecting winners

For each category — short & long text entries OR photos — we'll select a winner when we've received 30 eligible submissions.

That's a total of 3 separate contests & 3 prizes!

Once the target number of entries has been received for a category, this round of the contest will be closed for it. The uvCompass staff will nominate several finalists, which will then be reviewed by a panel of judges we invite to determine the winner.

Winners will then be notified by email, choose the prize they want & receive a prize confirmation by email, which they may then present to the shop or restaurant they have chosen.

Then we'll start a new round…

the small print…

We won't edit your entries or photos without your express permission. However, if we determine that an entry or photo is of dubious quality or otherwise inappropriate, we won't include it in our "public" pages. but it will remain visible in your profile. So giving us permission to edit will improve your chances of winning. (You'll see a button for that in the edit form.) If you do give us permission, we'll only edit text for spelling, grammar & clarity & images for optimal display. We won't do anything drastic.

Your content belongs to you, but by posting an entry or photo you agree to let us include it in uvCompass for at least 60 days from the conclusion of the contest round — & you agree to let us include your name in the prize announcement.

And again — you don't have to be a literary genius or professional photographer to compete: Just be creative & enthusiastic…& you'll have an excellent chance of winning!

post something!