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Announcing a new blogging contest

(article, Culinate staff)

Gentle readers and writers, it's time for another blogging contest: the Spring Fever Blogging Contest. 

For the next few weeks, we’ll select up to eight blog posts from the member blogs, one at a time, to be featured prominently on Culinate’s homepage, right next to the columns and articles you read each week. Any post published April 8 through April 26 on a Culinate member blog is eligible. 

At the end of the month, we’ll line up all the featured posts and let our readers vote on their favorite. The winner of the readers' choice will win $100 in market money to spend at their favorite farmers' market.

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Plus, each finalist whose post is featured will receive a signed copy of a book we're hugely excited about: What We Eat When We Eat Alone, a jaunty look at solo dining (with recipes!) by chef and writer (and Culinate columnist) [/columns/deborah "Deborah Madison"] and her husband, the artist Patrick McFarlin.

In fact, if you need inspiration, you might blog about what you eat when you eat alone. 

h3. How does this contest work?

You write; we highlight.

All you have to do is post on your Culinate member blog before the end of Sunday, April 26 (the sooner, the better). No need to flag your post — thanks to RSS, we see all the posts. 

The more times you post, the more chances you have to enter, although we'll pick only one post per person.

Who's eligible? Everyone! It doesn't matter if you've contributed to Culinate previously or if you've never written a story or a post here before. 

(Need help setting up a member page and blogging? It's all explained [/culinate/faqmemberpages here].)

Punctuation skills are beneficial, as the posts will not be edited. Photos, while not mandatory, are also helpful.

(Don't forget that you can automatically add your Culinate post, or any story or recipe on Culinate for that matter, to your Facebook page. With just one click on the Facebook icon at the bottom of the page (just above the comments section on any page), it feeds directly to your Facebook page.)

Please, join us on the blogs!

h4. The finalists so far

1. Ivy Manning, on [/author/chefivy/blog/13thingsiamgrowinginmygardenthisyear "13 things she's growing in her garden"].
2. Anu Karwa, on [/user/SwirlSavvy/blog/whyorganicwineandwhatsbiodynamic "organic and biodynamic wines"].
3. David Silva, on [/user/rockintaco/blog/whatwouldyouhavemade "making lunch when the fridge is nearly empty"].
4. Sarah Gilbert, on [/user/cafemama/blog/dontforgettoeatyourflowers "edible flowers in the forest"].
5. Lara Adler, on [/user/laraadler/blog/breakfastsmreakfast "rethinking breakfast"].
6. Trista Cornelius on [/user/TRISTA/blog/imexhaustedandquittingcoffee--again--maybe... "quitting caffeine."]
7. Julie Kadingo, on [/user/foxyconcordgrape/blog/howtoeatwhenyourfridgeisnotallerthanyourboots "eating from a small fridge."]
8. Jenny Algarin, on [/user/Jenny/blog/cleaningoutsomememoriesandtimeto_focus "food memories."]

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