For years, we’ve asked our readers to complete Best of the Quad Cities ballots with dozens of categories. We’ve always been gratified by the response, but we’ve often felt that something was missing – the obscure, the unconventional, the idiosyncratic.
For the fall 2011 Best of the Quad Cities, we’re scrapping the traditional popular-vote format and allowing nominations by Twitter, video, and essay.
Our “winners” this time around will be the nomination authors – the people who offer the most creative, the most authoritative, and the most compelling arguments and anecdotes in the 20 categories listed below covering the areas of arts, culture, and entertainment; night life; shopping and services; and people. (Each submission should cover only one category, and you’re welcome to submit in as many or as few categories as you want.)
In the interest of getting more entries, we've extended our deadline. All entries must now be received by 5 p.m. Central on Friday, December 2. Our Best of the Quad Cities issue will be published on December 22.
Twitter: Include the hashtag #BestQC followed by a space and the category number. Example: “This is my best argument for the best art exhibit, and I’m making sure that it’s 140 characters or fewer. #BestQC 7” (For some sample submissions, visit TwapperKeeper.com/hashtag/BestQC.)
Video: Submissions must be two minutes or less. Post to your favorite video-sharing service and send a publicly accessible link to
with “Best of the Quad Cities” as the subject line. Include your name and a daytime phone number in the e-mail. If you want, also post a link in the comments of this article. Be sure to specify the category in the video or its posted metadata. (For a sample video submission, click here or here.)
Essay: Submissions must be 200 words or fewer and sent to
with “Best of the Quad Cities” as the subject line. Include your name and a daytime phone number in the e-mail. You may paste your essay into the body of the e-mail or attach it as a text, RTF, or Microsoft Word document. Alternatively, you can post your essay on some publicly accessible corner of the Web and send a link to
using the same rules as above. (If you want, also post a link in the comments here.) However you choose to submit, be sure to specify the category.
Fall 2011 Categories
1) Local band
2) Local venue that books the best bands
3) Local venue with the best sound system
4) Local stage production
5) Local stage performance by an individual
6) Local visual artist
7) Art exhibit
8) Educational exhibit
9) Local festival
10) Best-kept Quad Cities secret for arts, culture, and entertainment
11) Place for drinks
13) Waiter or waitress
14) Place to meet people that isn’t a bar
15) Place for a first date
16) Place to dance
17) Locally owned store with things you can't find at chains
18) Antiques/collectibles/resale store
19) Auto service
20) Place for a wedding reception