Summary: Today FiringSquad and Intel are launching the Editor's Challenge contest, where YOU can win writing contracts and other great prizes! If you ever wanted a chance to 'break into' the industry and join in the ranks of the elite, then here's your chance!
FiringSquad Editors Challenge 2007
So you think you can be a FiringSquad editor? We’re willing to give Away $3,500 in cash, valuable hardware including the Intel® Core 2™Duo Extreme processor and $15,000 in contracts to the two people who can prove it.
How to Participate in the Editors Challenge – Written
Preliminary 1 - February 7 through February 14
Preliminary 2 - February 21 through February 28
You may enter either of the preliminary rounds to qualify. It’s technically possible to apply during both preliminary rounds, but you only have one chance to make a first impression, so take your time in coming up with your first entry. While each preliminary will last 7 days, the sooner you submit your entry, the more votes you're likely to get. There's no limit to the number of entries you can submit during this part of the contest, but it's a better idea to have one exceptional entry instead of five mediocre ones.
FiringSquad will be featuring a few entries each day as part of our coverage. The 15 authors with the most popular media-blogs from each preliminary round will move on to round 2 of the competition.
Waiting for the second preliminary round is going to give you more time to prepare your entry, but you may want to consider that the competition may be easier in the first preliminary, so choose wisely. Remember, a lot of cash is at stake here…
Round 2 - March 7 through March 14
Now things get more intense. FiringSquad’s editors will be working more closely with each of the 30 contestants. We'll be pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of each contestant's writing/video and be coaching them through this process. Once again, contestants will have just 7 days to complete their media blog entries. Once your media blog is posted, your fate will fall into the hands of the FiringSquad readers and editors who will have a week to evaluate and score your work. On March 19 we’ll announce the 10 finalists who will proceed on to Round 3.
Challenge Round - March 19 through March 23
On March 19 we’ll announce the topic of the challenge round. No one will be eliminated in this round, but this is your chance to really let your creativity flow. Your success in this competition is dependent on winning over the general voting public. Take this opportunity to bond with the FiringSquad readers.
The Top 10 - March 28 through April 4
The competition really begins once you make it to the top 10. FiringSquad will be providing you with the specific product that you will need to review. You’ll keep the hardware as a reward for making it thus far. At this point, FiringSquad’s editors will be taking a mentorship role with each writer. We'll be doing hands-on coaching, and helping you improve your writing style. The FiringSquad editors will announce the 2 finalists on April 10.
Championship Round - April 17 through April 24
For the final round, each of the finalists will receive an Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme microprocessor for their final review media blog. Regardless of the outcome of the competition, the finalists will keep the Intel Core 2 Duo microprocessors. The public will have 5 days to review and grade the finalists and the editors will announce the winner on May 1.
How to Participate in the FiringSquad Challenge – Video
As with the written portion of the contest, there are only a few simple
Video reviews offer an entirely new way to look at games and hardware and we ’re leaving it up to you do decide how you’d best like to tackle the challenge. Videos can be single person, talking heads, narrated, animated or any variety of these things. It’s up to you to decide what is going to be the most entertaining and attract the highest votes from the FiringSquad audience and editors who will judge your work. Your need to join the "FiringSquad Video Challenge" cluster to be eligible for this portion of the contest.
Preliminary 1 – February 12 through February 25
Preliminary 2 – March 5 through March 18
Both preliminaries last two weeks. During these two weeks you can submit as many videos as you like in one or both preliminaries. Public voting lasts through April 1st and on April 2nd the writer judges will announce the top production each from preliminary 1 and 2. Those two contestants will each receive the necessary hardware to prepare a review of the Intel® Core 2™Duo Extreme microprocessor. The finalists are allowed to submit as many video reviews as they like. The final video reviews are due by midnight April 22nd. Public voting for the videos will continue through April 29 and the winner will be announced on May 1st.
How Entries will be scored
Each entry is scored on a scale of 700 points.
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