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|4th Jan 2012, 11:27 PM||Template Guidelines and Examples #1|
Princess of Procrastination
Below you will find some things that you should include in contest templates. Your contest WILL NOT be approved if you do not include the following items.
Qualifications to Host:
Do you meet MTS hosting qualifications? Please link to your previous contests.
Overall idea behind your contest. You do not need to explain, in detail, each round but you should make your contest concept apparent.
Applications/First rounds typically set the tone for the remainder of the contest. Do not ask for a 10x10 house or 1 beauty shot for the first round and then ask for a 64x64 lot or 8 photo spread with paragraphs for the second with the same amount of time. Try to be consistent.
Due to the decreased amount of contests, contest time limits will no longer be limited to just a month. However, they WILL be monitored to make sure they are being completed and scored in a timely manner.
Now, on to the things that do not HAVE to be included but can be helpful to both you and your contestants.
1. A timer. It is imperative that you are clear about timelines. Don't just say January 1st. Don't just say 8:00 pm. Your time is different than others so linking to a countdown or timer can be very useful and help your contestants stay on task. Countdown Timer is my preferred counter.
2. Word Counter. Sometimes you may require written words. If so, and if you choose to put a limit on them, you will need a way to count them. From a contest I previously held, it was discovered that not all counters are the same. However, Microsoft Word and Word Counter Tool give the same approximate number of words so these 2 are best.
3. Table codes. Want to know how to do the fancy table code above? There are 2 ways.
Missroxor's Make Me a Model Contest.
LadyAwesome's Miss World Contest.
Heaven's Story Time Contest.
- Some requirements have been added since then, however, these are good examples of a neat, organized template with appropriate links.