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Write Your Way to the SCAA!
Author: CoffeeGeek Staff
Posted: February 15, 2004
Article rating: 9.0
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Writing Competition

NOTE: This competition is now closed! Stay Tuned for the Results!
CoffeeGeek and its sponsoring partner, 1st Line Equipment, LLC have an amazing offer for anyone planning on attending this year's SCAA Trade Show and Conference in Atlanta: a full four nights at one of the best hotels in the town: the Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta, right next door to the World Congress Center, the site of this year's trade show.

And the Specialty Coffee Association of America has sweetened the pot - they are tossing in a full conference pass, worth $465, to the winning writer!

Stay in absolute luxury at one of Atlanta's five star hotels in a full suite, with a separate bedroom. From the hotel's website, it says: each suite is beautifully decorated with a private bedroom and spacious living room. All of our suites are fully equipped with an in-room safe, two televisions, a refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, purified water, two telephones with data ports and a well lit dining/work table.

In addition, each room offers optional Internet access (high speed wireless is available in the hotel for a fee), and your stay includes a full complimentary made to order breakfast, and a Manager's evening hi how are ya social with light drinks and snacks. All told, this offering for the best article has a value of around $1,000 USD (I can tell you, no one gets paid anything near this much in the industry of coffee writing for a single article!, and it includes the hotel rate and all associated taxes. Room service and optional services, including laundry, internet access and pay per view movies are your only cost.

The SCAA Full Conference Pass gets you into all the educational seminars at the show, as well as general floor access. It also gets you discounted rates on Friday Intensives and Skill Building workshops. Full information about all the educational services can be found here.

The Writing Competition.

This offering is not a contest or lottery - it is a competition. We want you to write for the CoffeeGeek site, and the best written article will be selected by a panel of judges, and awarded this amazing four night stay. You'll have your choice of articles to write, as well as a free form "journalistic" article. Everyone other than CoffeeGeek employees, volunteers, and their immediate families are eligible to enter. (sorry to our forum volunteers - but we have to make the contest as fair and objective as possible).

It is important to note two things - our deadline is tight on this one - the contest will end March 21, at 5pm PST, and the winning article will be selected by the 24th. The winner needs to confirm their intent to be at the show and reserve the room (a credit card will be required by the Embassy Suites for incidental charges) by the 28th of March, 2004.

The second important thing is you should be already planning to attend the SCAA Trade Show and Conference if you want to enter this competition. You can also choose to give away this offering should your writing entry be selected as the best of the bunch, but the person who will use the room must be chosen and notified no later than March 28, 2004.

How to enter an article

Please read this entire page carefully, as there are suggested topics and some ground rules to follow. All submissions must be sent in Microsoft Word format documents, with jpg files provided in a zip file or similar.

All entries must be mailed to info@coffeegeek.com with a cover email explaining your article and what topic you've covered, and with the subject: Article Competition Submission.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 21, 2004 at 5pm PST, though we reserve the right to modify this deadline. If you have any questions, please address them in the forums thread created for this competition.

So what to write about? We have five suggested topics, plus a "freeform" journalistic article for you to choose from.

Topics

We ask you to choose one of the following broad topics as your choice for the article you write. There are minimum requirements for each article type, and they are listed. You should, of course, completely proof read your articles prior to submission, correcting for both grammar and "flow" for reading on the web.

The best articles are ones that takes a journalistic and opinionated approach. Interview people for your article so that you can use their quotes for emphasis to drive home a point. Do research where necessary, and make sure you get the spelling of everyone's name (or company name) correct! :)

  1. The Homeroaster's article
    Suggested content: Write an article about how you discovered roasting coffee at home, with an emphasis on "you can do it too! for the readers of this article, informing them how they too can roast at home, what tools to use, etc. Exceptional articles would include some quips and quotes from other home roasters or from professionals in the field that serve the home roasting market.

    Article Length: Minimum 1500 words
    Photographs Required: "Identifier" photograph that sets the tone for what your article is about, minimum 300x300 pixels, must be square. Optional photographs can also be supplied to suit the article submission.

  2. The SCAA cMembership article
    Suggested content: The SCAA has a new consumer membership category. As a consumer, what are your thoughts about the SCAA, how would you like the cMembership initiative to serve you best, and where do you see the cMembership category going in terms of its role in promoting quality coffee? If you were able to dictate such things, what would you want to get for the $48 a year membership? Again, interviews with other consumers, and a journalistic approach to this article would improve it.

    Article Length: Minimum 1500 words
    Photographs Required: "Identifier" photograph that sets the tone for what your article is about, minimum 300x300 pixels, must be square. Optional photographs can also be supplied to suit the article submission.

  3. The Newbie Progression Article
    Suggested content: Write an article covering your progression into quality coffee and espresso. Give your first impressions of coffee as a youth; talk about coffee's social standing in your life; if you had any "epiphany" moments, discuss, and talk about what you do today for quality coffee and espresso.

    Article Length: Minimum 1500 words
    Photographs Required: "Identifier" photograph that sets the tone for what your article is about, minimum 300x300 pixels, must be square. Also required - a bio photograph, portrait style, minimum size 75px wide by 100 pixels tall. Optional photographs can also be supplied to suit the article submission.

  4. Write a How To Article
    Suggested content: You can write a How To article for CoffeeGeek. You need to supply photos, about 750 words minimum intro and information text, then the text for each step by step, if applicable. Suggested subjects include: how to roast with a popcorn popper (or heat gun, or what have you), how to make a type of signature drink (it has to be original), how to buy items on eBay, how to use an iBrik, how to use an espresso machine, how to use a vacuum brewer.

    Article Length: Minimum 750 words, plus detailed descriptions for how-to photos
    Photographs Required: "Identifier" photograph that sets the tone for what your article is about, minimum 300x300 pixels, must be square. Also required are the step by step photographs done to a good quality - use good, even light, and shoot the subjects as detailed as possible.

  5. The Coffee Epiphany Moment article
    Did you have one defining moment in your coffee progression that stands out as the moment you "got it?" Do you know others who have had these kinds of moments? Write an article discussing yours, and if possible, get quips and quotes from others on their epiphany moments. Make it a nice, rounded journalistic article.

    Article Length: Minimum 1500 words
    Photographs Required: "Identifier" photograph that sets the tone for what your article is about, minimum 300x300 pixels, must be square. Optional photographs can also be supplied to suit the article submission, and this would include photos of your interviewed subjects.

  6. Freestyle
    Got a burning topic in your head about coffee, espresso, or the coffee industry? We have several feature article categories that may suit what you want to write about. Professionally Speaking is a category dealing primarly with business matters in the coffee industry, from the Barista on up to the coffee buyer, and everything in between. Ethical Bean deals with any issue involving "doing the right thing" in the world of coffee and espresso. And the Cafe Stage is for where you can get any topic off your chest, as long as it relates to coffee.

    Article Length: Minimum 1500 words
    Photographs Required: "Identifier" photograph that sets the tone for what your article is about, minimum 300x300 pixels, must be square. Optional photographs can also be supplied to suit the article submission.

The Details

It is important to note that this is a competition, not a random contest - as such, it is not governed by lottery rules or laws. This is a competition that will be judged, and the best eligible submission will be chosen by a panel of CoffeeGeek writers and volunteers. With that said, there are some details to note.

  1. Only one article can be submitted per entrant. The entrant can be any person around the world over the age of 19 years, and the only requirement is that you must have a valid credit card that must be supplied to the Embassy Suite hotel upon confirmation of your booking and reservation. This credit card is required for a) incidental charges not covered by this competition offering, and b) liability requirements by the hotel for any unforeseen damage or other costs by you as the person using the room.

  2. By submitting an article and associated photographs, you give unrestricted license to CoffeeGeek to publish the article, regardless of the article's final standing in the competition.

  3. Articles must be original submissions, not previously published elsewhere in print media or on other websites, with one exception: Prior publication on a personal, non commercial website or in usenet will be accepted.

  4. The judge-chosen article that is presented this offering must further guarantee exclusivity of the article publication rights for a period of no less than six months.

  5. You give permission to both CoffeeGeek and its sponsors of this competition, 1st Line Equipment and the SCAA, to publish your name and likeness in association with this competition and the promotion of such, should your article be chosen as the best submission.

Articles are competing for the following:

Four night stay at the Embassy Suites Downtown Atlanta Hotel; check in on April 22, check out on the 26th, 2004. Full suite room with all taxes and included breakfast and evening snacks and light drinks are covered by our sponsor, 1st Line Equipment. Transportation and optional expenses are the responsibility of the winning author. Taxes for the room may be charged to the winning author by the hotel; should this happen, keep your receipt, and 1st Line Equipment will compensate the author for the room taxes.

Full Conference Pass, sponsored by the SCAA, which includes full floor access, and access to all educational seminars.

Article rating: 9.0
Author: CoffeeGeek Staff
Posted: February 15, 2004
feedback: (10) comments | read | write
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