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!
(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 informative & useful to our readers.
Winning entries will be selected primarily based on 3 criteria:
In addition, the inclusion of original photos or artwork will be taken into consideration — but these will not be determinant factors. In other words, including (good) images will boost your chances, but a well-written entry without them will still have a good chance of winning. (And "bad" images won't hurt your chances either!)
“Short” entries are between 200 & 400 words — a paragraph or 2. (Length within this range will not affect your chances of winning.)
“Long” entries are more than 400 words, up to a maximum of 1,000 words.
So, yes, that's a total of 4 prizes!
…or within a 2-hour drive of the Hanover/WRJ/Lebanon area (as determined by Google maps).
To be eligible, Endorsements must be:
Posts don't have to be quite so nice, but to be eligible for prizes they must be…civil.
And the same "wholly original" rule applies.
For both types of content, we'll select a winner for the "short" category when we've received 100 eligible entries of this length…and select a winner for the "long" category when we've received 30 eligible entries of that length.
Once the target number of entries has been received, this round of the contest for the category/type will be closed and 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.
For Endorsements we will edit entries for grammar and spelling. We will also determine which, if any, submitted images are included — at our sole discretion.
Posts are entirely up to you. We won't touch them without your express permission. And any photos you upload will be included (as is). However, if we determine that an image is of poor quality or otherwise inappropriate, we reserve the right to turn it off in our "public" pages. (It will remain visible in your profile collection.)
In both cases, your content belongs to you, but by posting an entry you agree to let us include it in uvCompass for at least 30 days from the conclusion of the contest round.
Finally, by posting an entry you agree to let us include your name in the prize announcement.
And again — you don't have to be a literary genius to compete: Just write something informative & enthusiastic…& you'll have an excellent chance of winning!