You can run turnkey contests at any time of the year through UPICKEM with pre-built contest templates.
The templates can be implemented exactly how they appear or customized to your needs.
How to Set Up a Turnkey Contest
1. Log in to your admin site and click “Add New Contest”
2. Select “Submission Contest” and click “Continue”
3. Select which of the turnkey template you would like to use. You may only copy one template at a
time. Click “Continue”
4. Edit your contest settings as desired and click “Continue”
5. Enter the dates of your contest then click “Save Changes (Complete Set Up)”
6. Once the contest is created, you can modify all pages, copy, branding and email messaging
Editorial Calendar – One Contest Per Month
Click links below to view
Month Contest Type Sponsor Sponsor Ideas
actual contest examples.
Jan Winter Wonderland Dec 15 Travel agency, outdoor retailer Glens Falls
Feb Cutest Kids Jan 15 Clothing retailer, toy store, gift shop Casper
March Ugliest Bathroom Feb 15 Home improvement Non-Lee example
April Garden Makeover March 1 Garden store, landscaper Tucson
Best Spring Photos* March 1 Garden or floral store
May Mother-Daughter April 15 Salon/spa, department store Tucson
June Dad’s Day Coloring May 1 Dealership, electronics store St. Louis
Contest Non-Lee example
July Super Summer Photo May 15 Local retail Tucson
August Dog Days of Summer July 15 Pet store, veterinarian office St. Louis
Pet Photo Sioux City
Best Summer Vacation Travel agency, local retail Tucson
Sept Cool Car Photo Aug 15 Dealership, car repair, maintenance North County
Best High School Aug 31 Local retail, restaurant(s)
Oct Cutest Trick ‘R Treater Sept 30 Local retail Non-Lee example
Pumpkin Carving* Sept 15 Local retail Decatur
Nov Fall Foliage Oct 15 Heating/Cooling company Non-Lee example
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Dec Reason for the Season Nov 1 Restaurant, bakery, home goods Non-Lee example
Recipe Non-Lee example
Best Christmas Lights Dec 15 Local retail Non-Lee example
Display* Non-Lee example
*Does not have a turnkey contest template
Other Contest Ideas
These contests do not come with pre-made templates, but would be easy to set up and run at any time
of the year if you have an interested advertiser.
Contest Type Applications & Sponsor Ideas
Grade School or High Best Spirit, Best Mascot, Best Tradition, Most Fans, etc
Local Best of Contest Best Restaurant, Best Hair Salon, Best Dentist, Best Bar
Kids Coloring & Drawing Sponsor-driven content in paper; kids can draw/color, parents send in
entries or can carry them into sponsor locations
Lookalike Sponsor-driven (concert coming to town), local celebrities etc.
Make Your Own Ad Sponsor asks users to create their own ads touting sponsor
Recipe Contests Grocers or event-driven sponsors ask for best cookie, margherita, cake, chili
PhotoShop Contests Redo the city skyline; silliest combination of two celebrities etc.
Funniest Could focus on reunion/anniversary crowds; fall of 2008 run 1998, 1988,
Prom/Yearbook/Wedding 1978, 1968 graduations/weddings etc.
Haiku Contests Sponsor-driven haikus
Mad Libs Contests Sponsor-driven or editorial driven mad libs
Rarest Ticket Stub Concert promoters, venues
Funny Photo Contests Sponsor and seasonally driven
Twins Photo Contests Could categorize by age (0-10, 10-20, 20-30 etc.), by gender etc.
Trivia Contests Local knowledge, sponsorship knowledge etc.
Choose Our New Sponsors provide logo/slogan/ad options for users to vote on
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