Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Blog Post of the Week Prize Announced
In 2010 the USCL will have a new weekly blogging prize that will be given to the best one or two (at the judges' discretion) blog post(s) of that week. Every week a different company will offer a prize of some sort, and league officials (or some trusted person designated by the League) will decide who to award the prize(s) to.
The prize for Week 1 will be from the USCF in the form of memberships and/or gift certificates - the exact prize will be announced shortly. The monetary value of each week's prize(s) will be in the $100 - $200 range.
The articles will be judged on their:
1. Chess Content
4. Entertainment Value
5. Multimedia (photos and/or video content may help, but interviews of any kind, video or not, are also eligible).
These prizes are reserved for bloggers on the internet, so for example an article written in the New York Times would not be able to win. But any blogger, whether they play in the League or not, is eligible to win these prizes. The only real requirement is that whenever you write such a blog, you must inform the Commissioner via email of it, as if not informed, your blog will likely not even be considered come decision time.
The time frame for each week's prize is: Any article written from Saturday 11:59PM EST on a given week to Saturday 11:59PM EST of the following week will be eligible for the weekly prize. The blog subject must be relevant either to the League as a whole or to the week in question (i.e. if it's the Week 3 prize, the article cannot be a match recap of Week 2). When there is more time in a particular week for whatever reason, this time frame may be extended (for example, any article written starting today will be eligible for the Week 1 prize).
We hope that this new feature, which should bring more recognition to some of the outstanding bloggers that the League has had, will inspire the USCL blogosphere to produce more great material than ever before this season!