I love participating in contest and am considering myself as a contest junkie. I started to participate in a ‘serious’ contest when I was in form 3. A letter to Haji Sidek (badminton icon) in a daily newspaper and I won a consolation prize.
When R.U.M.A.H.K.A.M.I was born, I took contest a lil bit more serious. Took part in photo contests and managed to win a prize or two. MY RAK BUKU GIVEAWAY is the 1st first place I won and many more followed after that.
Several bloggers had asked me if I care to share with them some tips on how to win contest. These tips are merely based on my experience and how I do it.
Be selective. Choose contest that worth the efforts. Skip contest that requires you to write a 300words essay but the winner shall be chosen based on lucky draw. This type of contest is not worth the time you will spend.
2- PASSIONATE and GET MOTIVATED
Yes, ideas shall come if you really like the topic. You will write a good entry on your subject of interest. For an instance, I may write almost on everything about babywearing but total clueless on fashion or shoes. Nevertheless, you can also be motivated with the attractive prizes that are offered.
Write down the requirements. Spend your time to understand the question on How or Why etc etc. Ask the organizer to explain more in order to clear your doubts.
This is the contest that you really want to win. Ask Pakcik Gugel. Compile as much as possible the information. Spend some time on doing this.
5- BE CREATIVE
You must make your entry to stand out from the rest. Include rhythm, attractive photos, good jokes etc, etc. If the contest requires you to include information with limited words, use point form and put in as much as possible all the points you have gathered. Avoid sentences that have same meaning.
6- READ IT AGAIN and AGAIN
You can pick up misspelled/missing words and by doing this, you will normally get a clue on rearranging the sentence to make it more fascinating.
Ensure other requirements are obliged to. There are contests that require you to put up the banner on side bar or link to the sponsors’ websites. Recheck your URL.
Last but not least, pray hard if you really want to win.
If you have other tips on this, please share.