It's about time for another competition around here, don't you think? This is a contest I've been wanting to run for a while and I've now received confirmation from a couple of people about a couple of things, so it's time to make the announcement. This contest will be modeled very much on the NBC singing competition show. There will be four teams, each led by a coach who is either a current or former main pager. The competition will be structured as follows:
1) The Blind Auditions
Anyone who is interested in participating in the contest will send an email to XanManX@hotmail.com. Your column can be on any subject of your choice, but must be no more than 1,000 words; everything included. While you can title your column itself, please don't include the overall title of your column series, if you have one, as the intention here is that only I know who the author is. Collabs are allowed, with the understanding that either, both, or neither can advance, depending on what the coaches like in the performance. The deadline for me to receive your entry is Friday, January 31.
On Monday, February 3, I will begin posting these submissions. Only the submitter and myself will know who the author of each column is. The coaches will have 24 hours to state their intention for each contestant to be on their team. If only one coach claims an entrant, that entrant will be on that coach's team. If more than one coach does, then the entrant will get to decide on whose team he/she would to be. I will post another column at the time 24 hours are up or once I have been informed that all of the coaches have had the opportunity to read the current column and decide if that writer is for them; whichever comes first.
2) The Battle Round
Coaches will split their teams into pairs who will then write a collab with each other. The coach will then decide which did a better job and will move on.
3) The Knockout Round
Coaches will split the winners from the previous round into pairs who will each write a column. Again, the coach will then decide which did a better job and will move on. Depending upon the turnout, there may also be a "steal" option where another coach can steal the loser of the battle for his team.
4) The Voting Rounds
Once the teams are shaped by the coaches, now it's your turn. The fate of the contestants will now rest in your hands, as those with the lowest vote totals will be eliminated each round. How many will be dependent upon the actual # of contestants.
There may be some "theme" weeks, but bye and large, the content of the columns will be decided by the coach and their contestant. The winner of this contest will receive a spot on the main page. Feel free to start sending in your entries any time. There is no need to let me know your intention to enter; your entry is all that's required. Good luck, everyone.