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Fall 2011 Best of the Quad Cities: Deadline Extended! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:15

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.

Submission Guidelines

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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
12) Bartender
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

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written by Norman, August 23, 2011
Wow, now that is a lot of categories and I ope that there will be a lot of entrants for this contest. There will no doubt be a lot of people who will go all out to make it the best competition that the area has seen. I hope that you will let us know, not only who wins, but also keep us updated throughout the competition with some updates.

 

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written by john d, September 02, 2011
this gets my vote for "best bonehead idea in the quad cities" 2011. if you want an essay contest, have an essay contest. leave the "best of" out of it.
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written by Submitter, October 12, 2011
For shame! I don't think this is exactly fair to the people who put in their submissions on time. Especially when we've been waiting since September to find out if we won... and to add insult to injury, it is especially not fair to the submitters of the examples you've posted. Changing the date to December on the day before the issue was due out is foul play!
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