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Hey all!

 

I'm looking for some fresh contest ideas for our board. These can be anything from posting contests, to raffles, to IC-events (entwined with contest themes), etc. I find it hard to find innovative contests because Google's often a dead-end and surfing around forums isn't always helpful, so I'll ask here and hopefully get some willing contributors lol. 

 

Have you hosted a contest before that has gone well that you'd be willing to share? Honestly, at this point, all ideas are welcome, even concepts!

 

Thank you all ~

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I went around a bunch of sites to gather up ideas for different contests and activities outside of the typical masquerade ball or character/member of the week. Here’s what I found. Some are not going to apply for your particular site since it’s about stray dogs in the city (great concept!), but they can be tinkered with:

Create an open thread

Take on a wanted ad character

Create a wanted character ad

Update character profiles

Post site ads on other sites

Write with someone you haven’t before

Christmas or winter related post/thread

Write a post with the following words (insert words here)

Use one or more quotes in a thread (insert quotes here)

Post word count must be a prime number

Write a post or thread not using a certain letter

Write a thread with dealing with consequences

Your character sick or injured

Write a thread about rain or taking a bath or shower

Write a thread somehow relating to flowers or plants

Create a postcard graphic for or about your character

Write your character drunk

Create a blind date thread (can be opt in where characters are chosen at random)

Write an April fools/prank thread

Your character attempting to write a novel

Write a thread that has or deals with a recipe or instructions of some sort (cooking, assembling something, etc.)

Your character gender/sex swapped

Your character creating a new years resolution in a thread

Succeeding or failing one of those resolutions

Write a love letter Secret Santa

A thread involving music somehow

Create a superhero alter-ego for one of your characters

Write your character in a scary or horrific situation

Your character at their job (doesn’t apply to your site, but to plenty of others)

 

Outside conversation starts:

Songs about your character

How you created your characters’ names

Favorite recipes Book/movie/tv club thread reviews

 

Potential events:

The fair

Retro drive in movie theater night (maybe ‘50s Americana theme)

Oktoberfest

Halloween

Motorcycle and Tattoo culture festival (think Sturgis or a convention)

ComicCon

Summer Solstice (could be Neo-Polytheist in theme)

Charity Race

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Valentine’s Day Dance

Agriculture or food related fair (think Strawberry festival, Clam Chowder cook out)

Music festival

Easter Egg Hunt

Art fair (home craft goods)

Labyrinth/maze

Pride festival (LGBT, Black, Italian American, etc.)

 

Now a good chunk of those events are going to be harder with what your site is about, but some of them should work or can be tinkered with.

 

From my own experience, I was on a site that had a raffle twice a year or so. I was staff at the time. It wasn’t in character, but it can be and was for an event. You took your post currency and currency you won from contests to bet on items, powers, etc. It worked pretty well. I’m interested in seeing what others might add on to this.

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We held writing tournaments, but that can be tricky—judges can be biased. 

Metro: Beyond

 

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