I know that I no longer officially wear an ActiveRain Ambassador Badge however when I read a question on the Q&A this morning I decided to write a post about hosting a contest in ActiveRain.
I don't know if there is a formal process for hosting contests. I've hosted several contests over the years. This is how I've approached hosting a contest.
I sent an email to Kerrie La Guardia outlining my suggestion for a contest. Given that Kerrie is no longer a support staff at ActiveRain, I suggest sending an email to Bob Stewart.
Bob may approve the contest with some suggestions or simply approve the contest as you outlined in your email.
If the contest is approved then you will be instructed when to publish an announcement post with all the rules, contest deadline, etc.
The announcement post is generally Featured for more exposure and Featured on the ActiveRain Contest Page. This is the page point junkies check frequently.
Many contests simply instruct members to put a link to their entry in a comment on the contest post. This is primarily used for tracking participants to award points.
At the end of the contest, you, the host, will send a list of the participants to Bob so that he, or another staff member can award the points. I've created a spreadsheet that included the members name, profile, and a link to the post.
For example: Kathleen Daniels / SanJoseHomesForSale / link to post
Although I have not seen a contest with judges in some time, if the format of the contest includes "judging" 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners, then you will need to solicit a panel of judges. The judges agree to read all of the entries and then "judge" them. That's just what judges do. You as the host must read all of the entries as well, and "judge" them.
Either the host of the contest determines the winners after viewing the judges votes, or the host and judges may decide collectively. The winners are outlined in the email to Bob indicating the additional points the winners receive for winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd place.
Either way, it is up to the Host to track participants so that points can be awarded. It is best to check the contest page daily. Click the link to the post entry and read it. It is always nice to comment on the post and thank the member for participating. Then add the entry to your spreadsheet. Waiting until the contest deadline has passed may make the task of tracking feel overwhelming.
Hosts are awarded POINTS for hosting a contest. As far as I know there is not a pre-determined number of points awarded for hosting. I believe Judges are awarded points for judging as well.
As with many things in life, there is more than one way to do something. This post is simply sharing how I have hosted a contest.