GMTC Article Writing Contest

Discussion in 'Contests & Giveaways' started by ChevyFan, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    This contest is brought to you by the GMTC Sponsors (please support them!)

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

    article-writing.jpg Detailed Overview:
    It never ceases to amaze us how helpful and knowledgeable the members are here on GMTC. We take great pride in being a wonderful user-to-user online resource where the typical enthusiast can come and get the specific help that he/she needs, in a low-drama environment.

    However, sometimes we can become a victim of our own success, and new members often report having difficulty at first searching through the overwhelming sea of forum post and information

    So, as we move forward with plans to grow the community, we have plans to highlight those members on the site that go above and beyond by providing well-written feature-length articles on a variety of popular topics. So we're starting up a article-writing contest to do just that.

    The Process:
    1. Members on GMTC write 500+ word articles and post them on the site.
    2. Return to this thread and post a link to your article with a brief description.
    3. Once we have at least 25 submissions we’ll set an end date for the contest (at least 1 week notice)
    4. We’ll judge the articles & pick five winners - criteria includes the quality of writing, content of the article, references, photos and the amount of pageviews and replies top
    5. The two best articles will each get a $30 Amazon Gift Card & the member will be featured as an award winning feature article writer
    6. The third, fourth and fifth best articles will each get a $15 Amazon Gift Card & the member will be listed as a feature article writer

    How To Enter:
    1. Pick a Topic. Pick a topic RELATED TO ANYTHING on the site, feel free to think outside of the box.

      Examples of cool topics:
      - Review a specific year/make/model of vehicle
      - Document an aftermarket installation project
      - Show us how to re-wire a trailer
      - Compare and contrast two different years of vehicles
      - Talk about different wheel and tire options for a specific make and model
    2. Use a Good Title. Create a well-worded & detailed title.

      - “2012 Chevy Tahoe LT1 Review” is much better than “my tahoe”
      - "How to check tire pressure in a Chevy Silverado" is must better than "stuff on tires".
    3. Write The Article. Write a unique high quality article with around 500-1000 words (750 average is fine ... longer only if it is 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)
    4. Attach / Upload Images. While we know that people want to use Photobucket, it's really very easy to attach photos to your article itself, or upload them to your albums and copy the URL. See the Image Help forum for more information. (Over time, people remove the photobucket photos, and we lose the content on the site!)
    5. Post a Reply here. Post a reply to this thread with a link to your article(s) and we'll review and enter them for judging.

    • All articles must be posted in be posted in one of the following forums. GM Platforms (any sub-forum), Technical Forums or Modifications & Accessories. Notice, these forum names may change, and we will update this list.
    • All articles must be written by you and must be unique (not copied from other sources)
    • Sorry, previously written articles and pages will not count for this contest.
    • All articles must contain accurate information, and must be a minimum of 500 words, and should contain pictures relative to the subject matter
    • Please spell check your article(s)
    • GMTC retains full license of articles submitted
    • At least 25 articles need to be submitted before we set an end-date for this contest
    • Contest is void where prohibited, open to residents of the US and Canada, rules are subject to change at any time by revising this post, gift cards will be delivered electronically via email from the website.

    How to determine what to write
    Just look around the site at some of the most popular threads and see what makes them work. If you're still stuck, toss out a few ideas in this thread and get some feedback from others. There are literally hundreds-of-thousands of articles that could be written.

    Here are some ideas of articles that could to be written:
    • 20xx Chevy XXXXX Owner Review (fill in what you own)
    • How to install aftermarket headlights on a Chevy XXXXX
    • Top 10 Automotive Mobile Apps
    • Top 10 Android Apps for your Car/Truck
    • Tips for Keeping Your Car Clean In The Summer
    • Tips for Keeping Your Truck Clean in the Winter
    • Oil Changes - Dealership vs. Local Garage
    • Top Five Discount Offroad Tires
    • Top Ten High Performance Offroad Tires
    • Top Ten Highway Tires for your Truck
    • How to build the ultimate garage workshop
    • Top 10 items for Emergency/First Aid kit for your truck

    Here are some great examples of existing GMTC articles: (these are just some that I found in one location on the site, they are not all perfect but show some really great writing and documentation from members. Just look around and you'll find more)

    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: Jun 28, 2012
  2. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I'm starting to see some article-type responses get written. Let's keep this going guys.
  3. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Just reminding everyone of this contest. Get some bragging rights for something that you're doing anyhow!
  4. Big_Mike

    Big_Mike Member 100 Posts

    Just out of curiosity, I wonder if you guys would offer any jobs involving writing... Maybe something along the lines of journalists or critics...
    Thanks for the information though.
  5. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Ok, maybe I should start to offer things like free GMTC Window stickers, hats, tshirts and stuff like that. I know there are probably at least 1,500 visitors to this site each month that are good writers. Let me know what I need to do to entice you guys to do what many of you are so good at and want to do anyhow. Clearly this is not your guy's fault, it's mine for not being able to explain what I want to do with this contest.
  6. Big_Mike

    Big_Mike Member 100 Posts

    Well Steve,
    I have an article written and ready to post, but the site won't let me post it because it is a touch lengthy. Any suggestions? I have some pictures as well. I just tried to post it but couldn't.
  7. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Post it in two parts (new thread, then a reply) and then come back here and tag the first URL.

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