BYC Article Writing Contest #2 - 2012 - WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Discussion in 'Sponsored Content, Contests, and Giveaways' started by Nifty-Chicken, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member





    Short Version: Write a great article and you could win a $30 or $15 Amazon Gift Card & have your article featured on the homepage of BYC!

    Detailed Version:
    We are constantly amazed at how knowledgeable and helpful our community members are! The BYC forum provides a wonderful opportunity for members to post questions and reply with answers. Unfortunately a lot of really amazing information can get lost in the super activity on the forum.

    Over the years we’ve received a ton of requests to add more articles & FAQ’s to our Learning Center. Our BYC Coop Page Contests have been super successful and now we have over 900 chicken coop pages in our Coop Designs section! Hopefully we can have similar success with this BYC Article Contest!!

    The Process:

    1. You write an article (or two)
    2. Once we have at least 30 article submissions we’ll set an end date for the contest (at least 1 week notice)
    3. We’ll judge the articles & pick winners
    4. The first 2 best articles will get a $30 Amazon Gift Card & have their articles “Featured” on the homepage of BYC for at least 1 week each
    5. The next 3 best articles will get a $15 Amazon Gift Card & have their articles “Featured” on the homepage of BYC for at least 3 days each
    6. The next 5 best articles will get a FREE 6 month GFM for themselves or a friend

    So, if we get 30 submissions, you have a 1 in 3 chance of winning!!!

    How To Enter:

    1. Pick a chicken related topic (see below). We suggest writing an article that is not already covered in our Learning Center, but is a topic that would be a good addition to one of the sections in the Learning Center. We have some preferred topics below.
    2. Visit the Member Pages section & Click the “Add a Member Page” button toward the top left of the page.
    3. Create a well worded & detailed title. Example: “How To Raise & Process Chickens for Meat - Tips & Pictures” is much better than: “Meat Chickens
    4. Write a unique high quality article with around 750 words (more is fine as long as it is good / helpful info). It must have at least one picture relative to the subject. Bonus points if you add more pics (pictures are usually worth 1,000 words, but in this contest they are worth about 10 - 50 [​IMG] )
    5. Post a reply to this thread with a link to your completed article(s) - A maximum of two article submissions per member will be allowed.

    Rules:

    1. All articles must be posted in the Member Pages section
    2. All articles must be written by you and must be unique (not copy / pasted from other sources)
    3. Sorry, articles and pages submitted to our last contest will not count for this contest.
    4. All articles must contain accurate information, and must be a minimum of 500 words (shoot for 750+), and should contain pictures relative to the subject matter
    5. Please spell check your article(s)
    6. BYC retains full license of articles submitted
    7. At least 30 articles need to be submitted before the contest ends
    8. Contest is void where prohibited [​IMG]


    Here are articles we'd LOVE to see written (bonus points if you use these titles and write a great article about these items):

    • Chicken Behaviors & Egg Laying - Common Questions & Answers
    • Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances - Are Chickens Legal In Your City?
    • Chicken Breeds - How to choose a breed for your backyard flock
    • Egg Incubation - How to hatch eggs - choosing an incubator
    • Chickens Loosing Feathers? Managing Your Flock's Molt
    • Discouraging Bullying Chicken Behavior
    • Factors that Influence & Affect Egg Laying
    • Why Raise Chickens In Your Backyard? The Many Reasons & Benefits
    • How To Raise & Process Chickens for Meat - Tips & Pictures
    • Crossing the Road… And a Ton of Other Chicken-Related Jokes!
    • Where To Buy Backyard Chickens, Baby Chicks, And Hatching Eggs
    • Encouraging Or Discouraging Broodiness In Your Hens
    • Totem Talk - Chicken Pecking Order - How, Where, When, & Why
    • The Pros & Cons of Different Litter & Bedding Types
    • Trimming Your Chicken's Nails & Spurs - Tutorial
    • How to Diagnose and Treat an Eggbound Hen
    • Tractor vs. Permanent Coop - The Pros & Cons
    • Coccidiosis & How To Treat It
    • How to Change Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances
    • Preparing Your Flock for Storms & Adverse Weather Conditions
    • Insulating Your Coop - Why and How

    These are preferred topics, but you can also write about any other chicken related topic as long as you follow the suggestions and rules above.


    Here are some great examples of existing BYC articles:

    We look forward to your submissions!!

    (Wait, you’re not the writing type? If you have an idea for an article that you’d like to see someone write, please reply with a sample title and a quick description of what you’d like to see in the article.)
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 7, 2012
  2. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Wow, that was fast!

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  3. Marty1876

    Marty1876 Hi Everyone!

    BYCers are so knowledgeable, I'm sure there will be many great entries! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
  4. DaniellePage

    DaniellePage Out Of The Brooder

    Here is my 1st entry!
    I hope it was in the right section.... there was no "add a learning article" button on the members page - just "add a member page"
    If I need to re-submit please let me know!
    About Egg carton labels and what all of it means. I have Pics, charts and links!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/egg-carton-labels-demystified
     
  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Wow, thanks for pointing out that detail! I've fixed the text in the first post! You did exactly as you should have... good job!
     
  6. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    I am so excited about this! I've wanted to right an article about chickens and the fun and uses of them, but just haven't gotten around to it. Guess I will now! I've already written a persuasive paper for school on chickens in the house with chicken diapers. :p
     
  7. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does the pictures have to all be yours?
     
  8. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Great question!

    No, the photos do not have to be yours, but they MUST be granted permission for you to use them for this contest. So, while you can't just go out and grab pictures off of Google and other websites, you CAN ask your friends for pics. Also, if you see a picture posted on BYC that you'd like to use, you can reach out to the person who posted it and ask if you can use it.

    Here's a cool trick.... you can use Google to search all the images on BYC. For example, if you want to see pictures of snakes on BYC, go to Google and type in:

    site:backyardchickens.com snakes

    Then click the "images" tab and you'll get this: https://www.google.com/search?q=site:backyardchickens.com+snakes

    Pretty cool, huh?
     
  9. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!! :D
     

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