Enter The Finals Countdown Blogging Contest for a chance to win $250!

The countdown to finals has begun! In order to help us count down the days until college finals we’re looking for college students to offer their best advice on homework help, research paper advice, tips and best practices for finals preparation. Enter our blogging contest and show us–and your fellow students–what your writing skills are made of for a chance at a published article and by-line on the Questia blog Citations, PLUS a $250 Visa gift card!

How to enter the blogging contest

  1. Submit your article via the submission form below anytime before April 25, 2014. One submission per person.
  2. Our editorial team will select 3 finalists to have their blog posts published live on the Questia blog – permanently.
  3. Next, it’s up to the public to vote on their favorite of the 3 finalists. Vote on your favorite blog post by commenting, “Vote!” as often as once per day before May 9, 2014.
  4. The writer of the post with the most votes will win a $250 Visa gift card!** We’ll announce the winner of the blogging contest on the Questia Facebook page on or after May 12, 2014.

These are the details…

Article criteria for the blogging contest

Every good writer ought to know the key points that are necessary for an exceptional blog article. But in case you don’t, fear not! Here we give you the criteria to consider when writing your post for the blogging contest:

  1. Introduce yourself – Include a brief author bio or introduction including your name, school, year in school, and course of study. Readers love to know where their information is coming from.
  2. Must be 600-800 words – First present all possible ideas, then edit them back down to around 800 if too long, or start researching content to add if too short.
  3. Include 3 links to other reputable blogs, .orgs, or edus – What separates a good blog post from a great one is creative ideas displayed with organized research on the subject at hand. Include these outbound links like source citations as you would in a research paper. For a great example, check out this “How to” blog post by our staff writer, Claire Moore. You can even link into any relevant Questia material.
  4. Must be well-written, creative and fun for your peers to read – Once you complete the first three criteria steps, we’ll select our top three finalists based on #4. Keep your audience (college students!) in mind as you write. Consider what might be useful to them, what students need to know, and what they might enjoy reading.

Topic ideas to consider for the blogging contest

  • Make extra time for studying
  • Finish term papers early to free up studying time
  • Make as many notes as possible
  • Don’t panic over tough exam questions
  • Balance study time based on how much you already know

Not-so-great topic ideas for the blogging contest

  • “How to get away with plagiarism”
  • “College paper mills 101”
  • “Best tips to cheat your way through college”

Makes enough sense, right? Now that you have everything you need to write a stellar blog post about finals preparation, it’s time to show Questia what you’re made of! When your article is complete, fill out the form below and hit “Submit” when you’re 100% happy with your work.

Official Rules of the blogging contest:

  • Must be 18 or older and a college student to win
  • **Visa gift card winner must be a resident of the continental U.S. for shipping purposes
  • All submissions must be at least 600 words to be considered
  • As you cite your outbound links, please also include the url in parenthesis. (The below form will clear all hyperlinks.)

We are excited to read and share how you get through finals!