Contest Guidelines - Hosts

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NovellaLEVEL 110

Edited post by NovellaSTAFF +18 +37

It's beginning to look a lot like Snapkus!

Hosting A Successful Contest!

Contest can be a fun and exciting experience on SingSnap but they do require some work! Please read through the following tutorial prior to hosting your own. It would also be a good idea to enter a few first to get your feet wet so you can see for yourself what is expected!

Getting Started

For the most part, contests begin in the "Audition" section of the message board. Click on the Community Tab and then "Message Board" from the sub-menu. From there look for the Contest - Auditions folder.

However, prior to posting your thread - the first thing you need to do is plan out of your contest. When SingSnap members enter your contests, they will have certain expectations. The following items are things you should prepare and determine prior to posting your audition thread.

1. Contest Duration - How long will your contest be? How many round will you have? How long will each round be? You need to determine the start date of your contest, the end date and all the deadlines in between. Contestants need to know if they have enough time to commit to your contest.

2. Contest Theme, Intent and Objective - SingSnap members tend to look for contests or themes that suit their musical preference. It is important that your thread is very clear and detailed outlining the theme and your expectations. Will your contest cover all genres, or focus on one? Will they be expected to learn specific songs of your choosing or select any song they know within a certain genre? Are they allowed to use pre-records (songs already recorded in their studio) or will they be required to sing a song, fresh, dated after your contest commences? Are you looking for the best singer, or most emotionally engaging?

3. Judging Criteria - It is good to let your contestants know what you are looking for and how you intend to score. What is most important; Emotional Engagement? Perfect Pitch? Phrasing? And also, who will be doing the judging? Will you be solely responsible for selecting the winners or will you have assistance? It is never a good idea to 'enter' your own contests. If you're a host, you should not wear too many hats.

4. Rules & Guidelines - It is vital to write out your expectations of your contestants. How do you want them to ask questions, via the thread or private message? Is there a limit to how many contestants you'll accept? Is there a deadline for auditions? Is it a solo competition? Duets? etc., You must also ensure you abide by the site Terms of Use and Code of Conduct.

5. Have A Presence & Be Organized - Be prepared to be present often! You will need to check into your thread often to answer questions, keep it updated and to give the contestants confidence that you're going to follow through. Be prompt, polite and courteous. It is also a good idea to be very organized. Keep a running list of your contestants and/or entries. Keep everyone informed of your progress! It is also vital you use your 'real' account. Do not create a fake account to host a contest as it is not permitted.

6. Winners and Prizes - Every good contest must come to an end! If you decide to make banners for the winners of your contest, be sure to hand them out upon completion of the final round. If you create a new thread for the awards, place it in the "Contest - Completed" section of the message board. It is recommended you let people know during the auditions what your intent is for the winners. Some hosts just announce winners, some give award banners and some even offer free Gold. Determine your prizes prior to beginning the auditions.

7. Zero Tolerance For Drama - We highly suggest you make it clear that you will not tolerate any drama. Should people have questions/concerns about the contest, it is best to direct them to send you a Private Message. Keeping drama out of the contest thread increases your chances of having a fun and successful contest!

8. Have Fun! - If you want your contestants to have fun, you should too! Get to know your new friends, chit chat on the thread and make the experience fun for everyone! The more fun you have, the more fun your contestants have and the better your chances are of having them re-join future contests of yours!

For more tips from another SingSnap Member, check out this thread!

Happy Hosting!

NovellaLEVEL 110

Reply by NovellaSTAFF +18 +37

It's beginning to look a lot like Snapkus!

A Contest Template - Suggested Format

Have you ever wanted to host a contest but didn't know where to begin? Feel free to use our suggested format template to get you started! Below you will see a visual representation of what the text will look like. All you have to do is copy the code from below and replace the text/image holders with information and graphics for your own contest!

The Template - Visualization:


(This can either be a Graphic or a Written Title)

Contest Title

Write your contest introduction here. Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text!

Contest Objective

Clearly describe your intent here. Define what you are looking for and how your contest will be ran, such as whether it will be elimination or non-elimination. Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text.

Contest Schedule

Clearly outline how many rounds you will have and how long each round will be. You can also use this section to let people know if there is a limit to number of entrants you'll accept.

Audition: Date xx - Date xx
Round One: Date xx - Date xx
Round Two: Date xx - Date xx
Finals: Date xx - Date xx
Award Show: Date xx

The Judges and Judging Criteria

Utilize this section to introduce your judges and the expected judging criteria. Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text.

The Prizes

This section can be dedicated to letting your contestants know if you intend to award a banner and/or prize of some sort. Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text.

Rules & Guidelines:

Clearly list all of your rules and expectations here. Including the deadline and any other rules that apply to your contest.

Audition Deadline: xx:00 PM Date xx, 20xx.

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Happy Singing!

The Template - The Code:


[color=#245069][b]The Template - Visualization:[/b][/color]

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[i](This can either be a Graphic or a Written Title)[/i]

[color=#FF5F00][b]Contest Title[/b][/color]

Write your contest [b]introduction[/b] here. Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text!

[color=#FF5F00][b]Contest Objective[/b][/color]

Clearly describe your [b]intent[/b] here. Define what you are looking for and how your contest will be ran, such as whether it will be elimination or non-elimination. Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text.

[color=#FF5F00][b]Contest Schedule[/b][/color]

Clearly outline how many rounds you will have and how long each round will be. You can also use this section to let people know if there is a limit to number of entrants you'll accept.

Audition: Date xx - Date xx
Round One: Date xx - Date xx
Round Two: Date xx - Date xx
Finals: Date xx - Date xx
Award Show: Date xx

[color=#FF5F00][b]The Judges and Judging Criteria[/b][/color]

Utilize this section to introduce your judges and the expected judging criteria. Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text.

[color=#FF5F00][b]The Prizes[/b][/color]

This section can be dedicated to letting your contestants know if you intend to award a banner and/or prize of some sort. Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text.

[color=#FF5F00][b]Rules & Guidelines:[/b][/color]

Clearly list all of your rules and expectations here. Including the deadline and any other rules that apply to your contest.

[b]Audition Deadline:[/b] xx:00 PM Date xx, 20xx.

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[color=#FF5F00][b]Happy Singing![/b][/color]