Expat Blog Awards 2013 - Top List Writing Contest
23/12/13: Thanks to everyone involved. A truly remarkable standard from every single expat blogger! The winners have been now been published. See the Expat Blog Awards 2013 winners list and read all the Expat Top List contest entries here
*** Win a share of 10 prizes totalling $2,500 and 350+ Top Blog Awards! ***
After our hugely successful Expat Blog Awards 2012 last year, we thought we’d take a different spin on this year's awards! Realising that last year’s scenario would be unfair to recently-joined newer bloggers, we've decided to combine the Expat Blog Awards 2013 with a big expat writing contest! There's a chance to win not only a Top Blog Award for your expat country, but also one of 10 prizes with total prize money in Amazon vouchers of $2,500! Open to all 2,000+ expats who have a blog listed with us, we're looking for a great top list on the expat country/area/city you're living in!
Remember, open to BLOG LISTING HOLDERS ONLY! Entries need to be uniquely written by you for this writing contest (i.e. unpublished elsewhere, so don't publish on your blog!) and submitted to us between the open and close dates detailed below.
Top Expat Blog Awards and Top Country Prize:
- For every country, the highest number of (published) reader contest comments will determine the top 3 entries, awarding them the gold, silver and bronze Expat Blog Awards 2013 badges! That's over 350 awards to be won!
- The Top Country Prize will go to the gold, silver and bronze winners of the country that has the highest number of combined contest reader comments. The prize of $1,200 (Amazon vouchers) will be shared equally between the winners. Help your expat country win!
- Simply send your readers over to your contest entry on ExpatsBlog.com, get them to post a great comment explaining why your entry should win, and spread the word by sharing/liking on Facebook, Twitter and other social websites.
7 additional prizes of Amazon Gift Vouchers!
- Our favourite wins $600 (ExpatsBlog judges)
- 1st Runner-up wins $300 (ExpatsBlog judges)
- 2nd Runner-up wins $100 (ExpatsBlog judges)
- One randomly picked winner (sweepstakes) wins $75
- Entry with highest number of Tweets wins $75.
- Entry with most Facebook likes wins $75.
- Entry with our overall favourite reader comment wins $75 (ExpatsBlog judges)
What is the Topic?
We want you to write a Top List for the country/area/city you're now living in as an expat. If you have recently repatriated, it is fine to write about the expat country you were living in. We're looking for a great mix of creativity and interesting/useful information.
Examples could be "Top 10 cultural differences between France and England", "Top 10 Reasons I love being an Expat in Thailand", "Top 10 Expat Hangouts in Amsterdam", "Top 15 Things to Know Before Moving to New Zealand", "Top 10 Tips for Expat Living in Barcelona" and "Top 10 Places to Eat in Dubai Recommended for Expats". The more creative the better!
You may provide a few relevant links, although these may be moderated. If we have our new system up and running in time, you will be able to upload images and attach to your contest entry.
How do I Submit:
Entries are to be accepted from 4 December - 11 December 2013.
We built a new system to allow you to register your contest entry and submit your contest entry. Click here to Register Your Entry.
Please use Firefox/Chrome to complete your submission. Some bloggers have had issues with IE/Safari.
- Open to expat bloggers who have a blog listing on ExpatsBlog.com.
- Recently repatriated blog listing holders may enter so long as they are writing about the expat country they were in.
- One entry per author.
- Restricted to one Amazon prize per entry; in the event that an entry qualifies to win 2 prizes, the greater value prize will be awarded!
- Minimum word count: 500, maximum 2000.
- Entries must be previously unpublished elsewhere online (don't publish on your blog!)
- Where entries are judged by the ExpatsBlog.com team, judging factors include usefulness of information, originality and creativity. Our favourite wins!
- Deadline for entries: 11 December 2013.
- Entries published for public reading, comments and social sharing: 16 December 2013 (provisional date depending on quantity of last minute entries)
- Contest concludes: 20 December 2013, 21:00 GMT (with winners announced within a few days)
- Copyright remains with the author, but ExpatsBlog.com has the unrestricted right to publish the entries on this website.
- We reserve the right to refuse an entry.
- To comment, readers must be logged in as a user on ExpatsBlog.com; non-users will need to provide email verification.
- Reader comments will be moderated before publishing. We're looking for sentences, not just "Great" etc. so minimum number of words: 10. Negative comments won't be published.
- Reader comment/Tweet/FB counts will be assessed on contest close.
Contest Comments » There are 105 comments
I'm hoping to get an entry together, although coming from a huge ex-pat country, I'm not sure where I'll fall in comments. Either way, it's a fun challenge!
I wanna play!
Cultural differences between Italy and England? There are cultural differences between one Italian village and another village 20 km away... I might have some fun with this. :)
Sounds like fun and a great opportunity. Count me in!
How exciting! I'll be submitting :)
Sounds fun :)
Such a great idea! I'll definitely submit something :) Looking forward to reading everyone's entries!!
Yup - I'll also have a go at promoting my adopted country!
I will be entering from Mexicooooo City!!! Good luck everyone
This is a really great idea. I won the bronze expat blog award for Singapore last year and I'm looking to beat it (maybe!)
I'll give it a shot!
Yes, thanks, processing/brainstorming/hmmm...
I'll be entering - need to start planning stat!
I will give this a whirl! I love a challenge Emma
I am totally into this!
I'm in! :)
Take the gloves off. I'm in training already. Looking forward to the contest.
I'm in :) South Africa needs someone to speak for the country. ;)
Looks great, count me in!
Count me in!
I'm in! Come on Mexico, let's do it! :)
Looking forward to participating!
Looks like fun! I'm in!
I'm in too! I'll try to come up with a list for San Diego ;)
Awesome, I'll submit an entry! Hm, the list is endless for Thailand...
I'll submit an entry for sure :)
Sounds great, count me in!
For blogs in China, it seems bit unfair to use twitter and facebook as criterion for winning considering how both sites are blocked in China.
Okay, sounds like fun. Now I just need to see if I can get creative!
PS. If you are entering we would love to know via email/comment or Twitter/Facebook etc! Speak soon :)
I will be submitting an entry for the competition. Thanks for the opportunity!
What a great idea! I will try to come up with a fun list from Vienna, Austria!
Looking forward to entering, not done so for a while, good luck everybody :)
I'll have a little go, sounds great!
@Michelle You never know, everyone might be thinking the same thing! :)
I will be entering! Great contest! Looking forward to seeing all the entries :)
Count me in!
I'll bite. I would be happy to submit something.
I'm also in! catinitaly
Definitely looking forward to this contest!
I'll join in too :)
I would like to give it a try although I've only been to our new city for 3 months. I have to spend some time to think about what I can write.
Sounds fun! Are photos allowed?
I've only been here less than 7 weeks, but I'll come up with a list!
Looking for my second Gold medal!
A great opportunity to start to write for the blog and get to know some other expats involved with the site. I would love to share more about my home away from home Menorca Looking forward to reading some the entries from others!
@Vicki - right now we're going to say no, it really does depend on whether we get some of the new system developed in time. It will say on this webpage when we update with submission instructions :)
Count me in too!
We might just give it a go!
please count me in.
Greetings from [currently!] La Paz, Bolivia! It was great participating last year [and bringing home that nice badge!], so, I'll be repeating the participation this year. Just waiting for more guidance on the submissions... Saludos from one of highest [in altitude!] expat blogs!!
I'll also participate - looking forward to writing... and reading!
Looking forward to being part of this amazing contest! Count me in.
Count me in!
This sounds like fun! I'll definitely participate! Thanks for the opportunity!
I want to participate.
Hi, I will definitely be entering in this competition!
Count me in!
Thinking cap on, looking forward to the challenge!
Thinking cap on, looking forward to the challenge!
Looking forward to it....
Count me in too!
If I get some other major projects done in time I will definitely enter. My entry will probably be about the best hot springs in the region of Japan that I live in. Why? I am addicted to hot springs. Please read hotspringaddict.blogspot.jp.
I'm really looking forward to entering.
Count me in!
I´m in! Top List for Reykjavik Iceland coming your way:)
Count me in!!
I'm up for the challenge also! Count me in!
I hope it isn't too late to show interest in this competition!
Hope to submit a list from Los Angeles!
I hope I can remember to write this - it sounds like fun.
Looking forward to entering the contest from sunny Singapore! Best of luck everyone :)
@Jill, only 2/10 prizes (total $150 of the $2500) are based on social scores.
Keen to enter should be fun
I'll be there with my list about Italy! Looking forward to it.
I'm in! Thanks for the opportunity!
Re: Social networks blocked in China - there are many ways and means (and free!) to get around this fact so that really shouldn't be an issue - I managed it in previous competitions! :)
Any rules yet on how to submit? Thanks.
Announcement later day! Sorry for any delay...
Count me in. I didn't like the way the top blogs were done last year, but I don't really think this is the best way, either. Of course, if I win I will probably change my mind. :) It's a great opportunity to have some fun. Good luck to everyone. I love the Expatblog community and appreciate the fine work the admins do.
Looking forward to entering today for Greece!
This sounds like a very exciting challenge! Unfortunately, I won't be able to write an entry for this contest because I have very busy weeks at the moment having my parents coming to visit from overseas. Good luck to all the expats!
Just a brief note to let you all [especially the organizers!] know it all worked well for registering the article from our expat blog... easy, simple, fun! No problems at all! Thanks again for the opportunity, and, as suggested, I'll be twitting it to the blog's followers! Saludos from La Paz, Bolivia!
Submitted! Good luck everyone!
I just wanted to check in and make sure you received my entry for the blog contest. :) I submitted it on the 6th and received a submission email, but nothing since that confirming it is ready to go. Thanks!
@Michelle - we will be in touch asap regarding each entry
As requested, leaving a comment to confirm that you received my entry. Thanks!
Very happy to enter another great Expats blog contest! Really enjoyed writing my Top list. Good luck everyone!
Are we able to attach images to our entry?
@Beth unfortunately we didn't manage to get the image uploader set up in time for this contest. We will have something in place for future ones though. Sorry!
Just to let you know, we have submitted our contest entry. Hope everyone enjoys it!
Submitted, can't wait to see it live.
Submitted! I wrote for Calabria, Italy. As creativity was requested, I hope I did not totally miss the theme... Fun though, looking forward seeing fellow entries! Thanks to the organisers for the excellent support!
Just sent mine in as well! Best of luck to all the contestants. Can't wait to read the entries!
I would just like to say one thing, that you consider the redesign of the contest to be about fairness. But the prizes are given to blogs in the countries that garner the highest number of votes. I wonder how fair that actually is. If one country has ten entries and another has 2, then no matter how great the post is or how hard the author has worked on both post and networking, then there is no chance of winning a prize. Theoretically you could have a far higher number of positive comments on one blog than another, but the other wins the prize because there are more entries from their country. Perhaps next time you will consider a mix and match approach for this, as from reading I can see there are high quality thoughtful posts from a country with one entry being outrun by lesser quality posts from countries with ten plus entry - and is this really about being the best writer or working the hardest at promoting your blog? Why should the number of entries per country make a difference on achievement? that doesn't make sense
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