This is a thread that will stay open during the course of the Eat, Drink, and Be Hubbalicious contest. Feel free to ask questions, and chat about the contest here. I will post the Daily Drawing winners here, as well as stats about the number of submissions.
Note:The Daily Puzzles will be posted in their own, unstickied, threads in the Forums, at about noon Pacific every day through the 28th.
Have fun, everyone, and good luck!
BTW, it's 9:51am on June 1st now, so the contest begins in just over 2 hours.
The contest is hereby kicked off! You'll see on the contest page, via the countdown timer, that you have just shy of 24 hrs to publish, for the first time, up to 5 Hubs on the topic of Grains, Pulses, Rices & Beans (as cooking ingredients).
To be clear: we're not looking for recipes this week. Your Hubs should be about cooking ingredients this week. Hubs could include information about the varieties of ingredients in each category, how/where to buy them, how to select them, how to store them, any nutritional benefits, etc. A Hub for today, for example, could be titled "Black Beans information" and have extensive information about the varieties of black beans (Black Magic, Domino, etc.), nutritional benefits (a discussion on its vitamins, protein, fiber, etc.), how to pick black beans at the supermarket (what to look for), what they're good substitutes for in recipes, etc.
Hi Dear Barry, you don't know the final entries until the day is done for the contest and you cant say No to people if they have some topics in mind, some even submit just minutes before the deadline for the day I dont know the RSS feed for the contest
Okay. So maybe I broke a little sweat writing five hubs in one day. But, I gotta tell ya, it felt like the old days behind the 'firing' line of the kitchen. I really enjoyed getting back in the game, reading the competition after and getting the food to the window in good time, great condition. Speaking of game, is there going to be a week on Game Meats? Don't know if I overlooked it on the list. (my 'bean' is little 'couscous-ed' at the moment -sorry bad kitchen joke)
Nice job! Five Hubs within the first 5 hours of the contest day...you'll have a head-start on queuing up tomorrow's Hubs.
On meats: starting Friday, there's Meat & Poultry as ingredients on June 11, there's Meat cooking techniques on June 17, there's Main course recipes and the final week has a wide range of cuisines that could involve meat.
If you want to enter the contest, you only have to categorize it correctly and publish it in the right time window. I have a report that pulls up all the Hubs published in the right category at the right time.
Of course, you can participate in both the HubMob and the contest at the same time. You follow the directions for the HubMob, but then make sure you categorize the Hub correctly for the day and publish it in the right time window. (It looks like there are 13 hrs and 35 minutes left to publish a Hub on either rices/grains or beans/pulses)
Dear, actually I wrote 4 hubs on around 7 days back and they were just in unpublished status. The fifth hub which is the latest one, I have written and published today only and that comes in HubMob category too.
I am ready with 4 unpublished hubs in Dairy products and cheese topic for today. Will write one more tomorrow and complete 5 entries for June 2 also. I have also got 3 hubs for spices and flavorings and 3 hubs for meat poultry and seafood in the pipeline. Will finish them and publish on the specific dates. My idea is to publish as many hubs possible in this month. It's two years now and I want to reveal the magic and ultimate benefits of publishing article on hubpages.
Whew! I was able to post 2 on rices and grains. And I'm feeling giddy because of the timer. I hope I won't be a nervous wreck by June 28. lol But--really--I enjoyed the pressure. It's been a long a time. Thank you, HubPages, for a chance to ride a mental roller coaster
Good (pacific coast) afternoon. As a new hubber, the contest's really interest me. Just to be sure I am understanding correctly, to enter you simply need to enter your hub during the correct time line, under the correct topic. No other action need be done? No drop windows? No key-word to include for entry? Just publish your hub? Looking forWORD to contest play....Let the games begin! Thanks for your time!
K9: Yes, that's correct. The topic/category is selected from a series of drop-down menus when you set up your Hub. (Which you've done 100% correctly for your Quinoa Hub yesterday; it did show up in my report among eligible Hubs)
Fantastic Jason! Thank you soooo much for the reassurance. The whole newbee syndrome can bring some uncertainty. Thanks for putting on the contest and for keeping us on the WRITE path. Best of the day to you~
About 45 minutes ago, the 3rd contest day began, with the topics Herbs & Spices, or Extracts & Flavorings. You can publish up to 5 Hubs in either of those categories until noon Pacific tomorrow (about another 23 hours and 15 minutes).
I pre-wrote a hub for later in the month. I will probably just edit it and made it pretty for the day that I release it. I will also work on another hub for the contest later in the month. I am glad there is a contest, it has given me the motivation that I need to write more hubs.
I have a question or two about what encompasses today's topic. Some things I've considered writing about may or may not fit the bill in terms of seasonings and flavorings. I've gone back and forth, so I'm just going to ask.
Would writing about specific types of vinegars or oils fall under the umbrella of the topic at hand? Not sure, but I suspect yes. Could you let me know?
And for everyone: today's topics, Meat, Poultry and Seafood (remember! as ingredients, not descriptions of culinary techniques or recipes) began about a half hour ago, so you have well over 23 hours to get your Hubs in!
For June 8 contest, and the whole week, could recipes be used for cooking techniques? I hadn't seen it originally as an option in the list of examples. It sounds like a recipe though, would be a technique according to the above conversation? Thanks Jason
No, they should not include recipes. You should discuss different cooking techniques, but not include recipes.
For example, today's topic is beans & grains. You can discuss (these are just examples): - soaking and cooking beans vs cooking immediately - sprouting beans and grains - refrying beans - raw preparation - boiling vs steaming
Unfortunately, it won't show up in my report for those contests since it's already been published. I would delete it and port over the content to a brand new Hub, and not publish it until June 11's contest day begins.
For our 4th day of the contest, on the topics of Meat, Poultry and Fish as cooking ingredients, we had 76 Hubs submitted, really great stuff. Along with Twenty One Days's 3 bonus entries, we had 79 eligible entries into the Daily Drawing for $50. The winner.... (drumroll please)
relache is correct: the Daily Drawing is simply a 100% random pick of the eligible entries (Hubs and bonus entries for winning the Daily Puzzle). Hubs must meet the minimum requirements to be eligible for the contest, nothing more. Of course, the Daily Drawing winners have all been of great quality, but this was not the criterion for winning.
The Best Hub (judges' pick) and People's Choice, however, are based on quality, not a random pick. Our team reads all entries over the week, and comes up with 10 finalists. The 10 finalists are judged by the community from Tuesday through Thursday and the one with most votes wins the People's Choice.
In parallel, the panel of judges rates the finalists and comes up with a winner.
Both the Best Hub and People's Choice winners for the week win $100.
The People's Choice panel will have 10 finalists, and the Judge's Panel will have 5 (a subset of the People's Choice finalists). Our team reads each and every Hub, but we have to be mindful of the commitment we ask of our judges, so we give them 5 finalists each week, which they've indicated they can manage to read and judge in time.
OK, the 5th day of the contest is complete, and we had 106 Hub entries on the topics of Fruit and Vegetables as ingredients. Along with the 3 bonus entries won by habee for guessing cranberry beans in yesterday's Daily Puzzle correctly, we had 109 entries going into the Daily Drawing.
And about 40 minutes ago, Day 6 of the contest began, with the topics of baking-related ingredients (there are 3 eligible categories). It's important to restate here that we're looking for Hubs discussing the ingredients, "raw materials" and supplies, NOT baking techniques or baked good recipes.
About 48 minutes ago, the final ingredients-related contest day began, on the topics of condiments, vinegars, shortenings, and oils. I look forward to seeing the entry, and you have approximately 23 hours and 12 minutes to publish them!
The first week's finalists will be up for judging by you, the community, starting tomorrow at noon and continuing for 48 hours. There will be 10 finalists to read through and vote on, not all 600+ entries.
only one thing perhapa there were many other hubs that were not randomly selected a bit like the packers prize here in Sdney for the Art Gallery of NSW Archibald Prixe. There are probably a few gems that were not randonly selected by your system
Please reread the methodology which I explained. The finalists for the People's Choice and Best Hub awards are not selected via random drawing. The Daily Drawing is the only instance in which we use a random drawing.