Writing contests?

Discussion in 'General CPA Stuff' started by Notepad, Jul 12, 2002.

  1. Mikeymike Captain Hiatus

    Good stuff Sammy, I especially like the idea of getting an 'outside' judge. Although a general vote would work quite well too.

    Another thing regarding the Ante idea, considering how many people have posted here saying they'd be willing to donate prizes - I don't think a 1+ rare stipulation per entry would really scare anyone away. 2nd and 3rd place prizes are fine too, since we'd probably get a ton of cards.

    Either way, I'm getting antsy to start. It sounds like this would go a long way to continue the CPA revitalization which I've noticed in the past few weeks or so.
  2. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    I'll go with that if that's what most people want, but my feeling is that if this is supposed to generate new writers to begin with, there shouldn't have to be an "entry fee".

    And I think there ought to be at least two categories: deck and non-deck articles, if it's going to just be "flung wide-open" :)
  3. Notepad Seffy Sefro

    We should start with a general writing contest, open to all article entries so long as they fit the site's theme. Just like Star City's Article of the Week. However, this should span at least 2 weeks.

    After that, maybe we could try out that ante thing. Sounds like a cool idea!

    The first contest, might be good to announce it a week before it starts. Maybe try to get MTGNews to post a news story about it. I definitely think Star City would be nice enough to give it a link for a day. :) Chaos Turtle or Spiderman would have to email Ferrett about that, though.

    I'd like to formally withdraw from the first contest. And in doing such am wondering if I could get on the panel of judges for it.

    The second contest, I'd certainly want to enter, doing the ante thing. :D
  4. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    Fine with me :)
  5. Apollo Bird Boy

    First, I don't think ante is the way to go. While it'd be cool for some people, I think it would discourage people who are submitting for the first time and aren't too self-confident yet (this would describe myself, were I submitting).

    Second, I would like it to be an "anything goes" contest. Ideally, we'd get a pretty good amount of donations, and then we could keep it running continuously. Every other saturday, we'd pick the best article from the last 2 weeks, send them 4 or 5 cards, and start anew for the next 2 weeks. The articles could be of any sort: submit your deck, critique Randy's head, rant about M:OL, whatever you want. Make it interesting and entertaining, and you've got a shot to win. The broader the area we go for, the more submissions we get. And that's what we want out of this.

    Third, the other sites might be reluctant to post something that might send their writers to our site. Hopefully, the Ferret (or whoever is running the show there now) would do us the favor, but there's a decent chance he won't. I know they're good people, but naturally they want the writers to themselves, right? I guess we'll see.
  6. Chaos Turtle Demiurgic CPA Member, Admin Assistant

    Whatever rules you guys decide on are fine with me, of course. I wouldn't mind judging, if more judges are needed.

    Ferrett usually links to whatever's on our front page if he thinks it would interest his readers; he'll link to it if he wants without us requesting it specifically. A casual decks article contest probably would not really compete with StarCity's article-writing contest, anyhow.
  7. train The Wildcard!!!...

    Having 2 categories would be the way to go... Maybe they could be deck and non-deck - just to categorize them...

    In deck - anything dealing with decks

    In non-deck - rants - which do make some good articles, play styles, tips on playing, improving your/the game, etc...
  8. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    Maybe it already has somewhere else and I haven't gotten to this yet... :)

    I've gotten some PMs from people who are gonna send cards. So it seems we need to finalize the format, at least the first time around. Should it be general, with the articles subdivided into deck and non-deck, and have two winners? Or just general period, with one winner emerging?

    Personally, I vote for deck/non-deck, since the article styles are different.

    Judges so far: myself, SeFRo, Chaos Turtle
  9. Dune Echo CPA Founder, Idea Man

    I suggest people put up good multiplayer cards if possible to support the casual-ness of the contest.

    Spidey, I'll send you stuff soon. Please remind me occassionally.
  10. Mikeymike Captain Hiatus

    Did we decide on the prize cards? I'll send cards, but I can't send the 3 that SeFro mentioned (Horn of Greed, Teferi's Puzzlebox, Well of Knowledge). But I've got a bushel of funky Casual/MP Rares that are definitely playable.

    We should probably list what people are willing to send, this way we can organize it so the winner ends up with 2 4x packs of a particular rare or 3 3x packs instead of getting 10 random singles.

    I can deal with 1 general category, but I like the split of deck/non-deck articles - as long as we don't get 15 entries for one and 3 for the other.
  11. train The Wildcard!!!...

    What's the address for sending in prize cards?
  12. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    I actually don't know what people will send me; if they want to post it, that's fine or I can post the cards when I get them.

    train, I sent you a PM about the address.
  13. Notepad Seffy Sefro

    Here's the cards I'm sending in:

    Teferi's Puzzle Box
    Well of Knowledge
    Horn of Greed
    Kangee, Aerie Keeper
    4x Quirion Dryad
    Chance Encounter
    2x Mana Clash
    Game of Chaos
    Invasion Plans
    Rogue Skycaptain
    4x Blessed Orator
    Kavu Lair
    Kavu Chameleon
    2x Kavu Mauler

    Mine, Mine, Mine!
    Charm School
    2x I'm Rubber, You're Glue
    Jester's Sombrero
    Timmy, Power Gamer

    All casual/multiplayer good. Chance Encounter is made useful with the 3 coin flipper cards I'm sending in. Also tried to put in a few Kavu-themed cards. Hopefully somebody can fluff these up to 4 of each. ;)

    Spidey still the dude to send all these to?
  14. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    As far as I know. No one else has volunteered :)

    The winner's not getting all of the cards, right? I'm thinking we should hold some back for the next contest (if this is supposed to be a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly thing).
  15. Apollo Bird Boy

    I was thinking you'd give away mebbe 4 cards every 2 weeks. That way, this contest could be a continually running thing, at least until the cards run out (assuming the 4 cards/2 weeks thing, what SeFro is donating alone would last 14 weeks). Which cards you give away could be random selections or, if we were to get 4 of each, you could give away 4-card sets.
  16. Notepad Seffy Sefro

    I certainly hope not. :eek:

    I tried to put in some themes among the cards. There's a coin flip theme, a kavu theme, an artifact strangeness theme and even a "share" them (skycaptain and some of the Unglued stuff). Then there's fragmented stuff, like Kangee which would go together with some bird submissions to be part of a bird them, and the dryad which could be part of a multicolor theme.

    This way, it can be chopped up into nice little packs (maybe 4-8 cards each, more around 4?) as prizes with a theme.
  17. Chaos Turtle Demiurgic CPA Member, Admin Assistant

    Stay tuned, folks.
    An announcement regarding the first contest will go up soon.

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