CONTEST! Community Collaboration *WIN REDS TICKETS*

How would you like to win 2 free tickets to a future Reds game? (Reds vs. Cubs on Monday, June 6th, 7:10 PM – at Great American Ballpark.)

Well here’s your chance!

After Thursdays game against the Pirates, the Reds will have completed 44 games, on the verge of beginning inter-league play. At this point, I would like to write an article summarizing the Reds’ season to that point. Consider it a report on the first quarter of the season (even though 44 games = slightly more than ¼ of the season).

Here’s where you come in…

I would like Blog Red Machine readers to write the headline for the article described above.

Here are the rules

  • To enter the contest, you must have a twitter account.
  • On twitter, you must follow @BlogRedMachine AND @ckfreshness (following me personally is necessary so that I can “direct message” the winner. Twitter only allows “direct messages” between people who follow each other).
  • The contest will start as soon as the game ends on Thursday, 5/18. Keep in mind, Thursday is a 12:35PM start time. (In the case of a game cancellation due to weather, the contest will start as soon as it is officially announced that the game has been postponed)
  • You will enter the contest by tweeting your headline. Your tweet must include “@ckfreshness” for tracking purposes.
  • As soon as the game ends, you can start submitting your headline.
  • Only one headline per twitter user will be considered. If you tweet more than one, we will only consider your first submission.
  • Submissions will end at 8 PM (Eastern Time). Anything submitted after 8 PM will not be considered.
  • Shortly after 8 PM, I will compile all of the submissions into a list. The headlines will be voted on by the staff writers of Blog Red Machine. We will vote without  knowledge of the twitter user. This will ensure there is no favoritism given to friends of BRM writers.
  • Once the winning headline is chosen, I will send a message to the winner to determine how he/she would like to receive the tickets.

What we are looking for:

  • The headline must be written as I write all my headlines, using alliteration. To get an idea of my “style,” click here to view all my articles.
  • The extent to which you use alliteration is up to you. Certainly you don’t have to make every word start with the same letter. But if you’ve read any of my headlines you know, the more alliteration the better.
  • The headline must be relevant, in some way summarizing the Reds’ first 44 games.
  • The headline should make sense. Use proper grammar to the best of your ability.
  • The use of humor is encouraged, but not required. In other words, relevance is more important. Don’t go for humor if it makes your headline irrelevant to the topic.
  • The headline must be short enough to meet twitter requirements (140 characters). However, you must include “@ckfreshness” in your tweet, so your headline will have to be 127 characters or less. Still, a headline of more than 70-80 characters is a bit excessive. Try to keep your headline to 10 words or less.

As mentioned above, the winner will receive tickets to the Reds vs. Cubs on Monday, June 6th, 7:10 PM – at Great American Ballpark

One more note, in my post, I will use the winning headline and announce the winner publicly. In addition, I will have an “honorable mention” section where I will post some of the other headlines submitted, and the twitter users’ names

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below, or tweet me @ckfreshness.

Thanks, and good luck!