/ COMP ARTICLE: A Grand Day Out 1: Dinner In The Mountains

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Michael Ryan - on 16 Feb 2009
Iain Bisset describes summiting Aconcagua and the best meal ever.

Read Ian's article: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1637

THE LYON EQUIPMENT COMPETITION A Grand Day Out is another creative competition and a chance to express yourself and share your adventures. As usual there are great prizes to win.

Full details at: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1606
Bob kate bob on 16 Feb 2009
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:
How many competitions run by other people (other than UKC) start to make the entries public before the closing date?

I would have though that it would be more fair to all entries (especially the earlier ones) if you didn't publish any until after the comp is closed.

Michael Ryan - on 16 Feb 2009
In reply to Bob kate bob:

We publish them as they come in and we publish them all. The reason being is that we usually have a lot of entries and if we spread them out they have a better chance of being read. It is also easier to manage. With the DMM My First Lead Comp we had 130 entries all published ober 3 months.

They will also all feature on one page as well as individually on the Competition page.


We also usually run some inhouse news items and newsletters about entries so far, as well as running banners that direct to them all.

I won't bore you with readership figures unless you ask, but previous comps run like this are very well read.

You can enter until Midnight on Monday 9th March.
Bob kate bob on 18 Feb 2009
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:
You could publish them inthe same way (and I would expect you would get the same readership) AFTER the comp closes.

I wonder why all other comps I can think of that are not run by UKC only publish entries until after the closing date?
Uriah - on 25 Feb 2009
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:
Hi Mick,
Is there a change of policy then? I can no longer find the link to any of the Grand Day Out articles already published.
If so it's a pity. Part of the joy of these comps is reading all the contributions, not just the highly polished, professionally written ones that deservedly win. Everyone has to start somewhere and everyone needs encouragement.
People shouldn't underestimate the courage it takes to hit that submit button, nor the buzz you get seeing your work out there for everyone to read.
As to it being fair or not, I'm not sure how reading earlier entries is going to help somebody win. It's not a quiz and they're unlikely to copy the answers. Writing is a personal thing, requiring ideas as well as technique. As long as the judges don't take into account the, (sometimes partisan), critiques of the forum, I can't see the problem.

Uriah - on 26 Feb 2009
In reply to Uriah:
Found the links. Doh

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