Dear Allvoices writers,
I hope this email finds you well.
As we all know, the U.S. presidential elections are quickly approaching — November is less than a year away!
We are extremely excited to launch a new contest that will last all year: Campaign 2012, the Search for the American Pundit.
In short, the American Pundit competition aims to find the smartest, most unique and most engaging voices who have something to say about U.S. politics. Share your thoughts, opinions and reporting between now and Election Day and vie for cash prizes!
Two American Pundit contest entrants will be awarded $250 every two weeks between January 15 and November 5, 2012. Once all the votes are counted in November, one finalist will earn the title of American Pundit and claim a Grand Prize of $5,000. One runner-up will also be selected and will win $1,000.
As part of this process, Allvoices will also post a writing assignment on the first business day of each month. We’ll award at least two writers a month with $250 for the best responses to this assignment. The first topic is already posted: Which of the Republican presidential candidates has run the best (or worst) campaign and why? Write a post this month to respond and click the box for the American Pundit competition for your chance to win $250!
Full details are at http://www.allvoices.com/contest/americanpundit/details. The contest is open to writers from all over the world, not just in the U.S., but please do not check the American Pundit checkbox when writing an article unless your article is about U.S. election politics.
A big thanks to user Punditty for helping us formulate a vision for this extraordinary contest. Be sure to follow the American Pundit contest on Twitter @AmericanPundits.
Allvoices Community Manager