Ended Official BYC Article Writing Contest #11

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Short Version: Write a great article and you could win a great prize & 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 2800 chicken coop pages in our Chicken Coops 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 20 article submissions we’ll set an end date for the contest (at least 1 week notice)
  3. We’ll judge the articles & pick winners

The Prizes:

  • The best article will get a $50 BYC Gift Certificate
  • The next 2 best articles will get a $30 BYC Gift Certificate
  • The next 2 best articles will get a 3-Month PFM for themselves or a friend
How To Enter:

  1. Pick a chicken related topic. 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.
  2. See here for article/member page/coop page writing tutorial:https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/953810/coop-pages-and-member-pages-tutorial-and-feedback/0_30
  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)
  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 (do not copy from other sources)
  3. Sorry, articles and pages submitted to our previous contests 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 40 articles need to be submitted before the contest ends
  8. Contest is void where prohibited :)

Here are some great examples of existing BYC articles:

- Reasons for Tossing Out Your Indoor Brooder and Start Raising Your Chicks Outdoors
- How much room do chickens need
- Cleaning and storing fresh eggs
- Ten Reasons You Should Spend Ten Extra Minutes With Your Flock Every Day

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 an idea for a title and a quick description of what you’d like to see contained in the article.)
 

Shadrach

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I’m going to enter, but I have a problem.
The articles I write don’t fall into the common knowledge area here.
It’s not that they’re not accurate and it’s not that the information isn’t correct and verifiable. But here on BYC they’re ‘new knowledge’, or a different take on an existing subject, sometimes contradicting an established view.
I have two articles that won places in the last competition. They’ve been very well received but they haven’t appeared in the learning center as far as I can see.
Part of the point of writing such articles is that they feature in the learning section.
I’ll write anyway, because I enjoy it and some people will at least approach the information with an open mind and possibly learn something from them.
 

N F C

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I’m going to enter, but I have a problem.
The articles I write don’t fall into the common knowledge area here.
It’s not that they’re not accurate and it’s not that the information isn’t correct and verifiable. But here on BYC they’re ‘new knowledge’, or a different take on an existing subject, sometimes contradicting an established view.
I have two articles that won places in the last competition. They’ve been very well received but they haven’t appeared in the learning center as far as I can see.
Part of the point of writing such articles is that they feature in the learning section.
I’ll write anyway, because I enjoy it and some people will at least approach the information with an open mind and possibly learn something from them.
I like the different take on things Shad. Always good to have new food for thought!
 
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