Introducing the March Writers Contest - with a $250 prize

Hello everyone,

Based on the incredible success of the Writers Challenge that we ran in Jan-Feb, we have decided to double down and bring you - March Writers Contest! :tada:

:speaker: March Writers Contest :confetti_ball:

What is it?

It is a contest that will run throughout March, 2021 where every Dataquest learner (free or paying) can write articles in our magazine, DQ Direct, to:

  1. Get guaranteed eyeballs on their articles - We will share your articles with our own audience of 200,000+ data science enthusiasts. So you don’t need to worry about writing in the void.

  2. Stand out in a competitive job market - Being able to write well is a superpower that can give you immense leverage in your career. Especially in 2021.

  3. A chance to win a $250 gift card - The writer with the most popular article (measured by the number of likes) will get a gift card worth 250 USD! :moneybag:

    (The type of gift card we give will depend on the country where the winner lives.)

How to submit:

Here are 2 ways you can submit your article for review:

  • Head over to Dataquest Direct and click “New Topic”. Then, write your article and hit the Submit button.

OR,

  • Send me the draft over email on [email protected]. You may use Notion or Google Docs to write the draft.

I will then review your draft, give you feedback and reach out to you for next steps.

Advice :handshake:

Excited to participate but not sure what to write about?

I can help…

1. Know your audience

Remember your primary audience will be the Dataquest community. So, it makes sense to know who is in this community.

It is a community of folks who are at various stages of building a data science career - from “just starting out with programming” to “looking for a data science job”.

We have various motivation for learning data skills - from “starting a career in the field” to “upskilling for my current job”.

Finally, we are a global community with members belonging to every continent of the world.

Write something to please this community. It’s not difficult - after all, you are a part of this community yourself!

2. Some broad ideas

Here are some ideas to stroke your imagination:

  • Write an article that would have helped you one month ago. Tell us about all the lessons that you learned with difficulty.

  • Write better explanation for concepts that often trip learners. As a learner, you are in a favorable position that allows you to empathize with the problems of other learners like you. Write an article to solve that problem.

  • Found a useful topic, tool or library that we don’t cover in our courses? Write a “how-to” or a “getting started” guide for that.

  • Tell us your story. All of us are hungry for stories. Tell us about your learning journey, tell us about your motivation and tell us about your successes and failures.

  • Walk us through a cool personal project you did - tell us what inspired you, the difficulties you faced, show us some code snippets and share what you learnt.

  • If you’ve got a job in a data-related role, congrats! Tell us how you went about the job search process. Or tell us about your day-to-day work - show us what people in the field actually do (without disclosing any of your company secrets, duh).

3. Specific suggestions

Still struggling? Here are some specific suggestions that you may write about:

  • SQL best practices
  • SQL functions that you might not know
  • Advice or something that helps complete Python newbies
  • Advice or something that helps complete R newbies
  • Walkthrough of a cool Python library
  • Walkthrough of a cool R library
  • Walkthrough using a cool API that you found
  • Walkthrough of a scraping a website to create a dataset
  • Teach a machine learning technique/algorithm
  • A stats concept that we don’t cover in our courses
  • Suggest ideas for unguided personal projects

Remember, you do not need to write about these topics. You’re free to choose something else.

Whatever topic you choose, be sure to follow our submission guidelines:

Our Submission Guidelines:

Here are a few guidelines that we expect you to follow when writing your articles. These guidelines are there to ensure a good experience for the readers:

  1. The first one is obvious - you should only share articles that you have written yourself. Don’t plagiarise.

  2. Add a cover image on the first line. Humans are visual creatures and adding beautiful, relevant images to your article makes it easier to read.

    But beware of copyright infringement. Don’t add images from Google Search. Do not use images (including logos and gifs) you found online without explicit permission from the owner. Adding the source to an image doesn’t grant you the right to use it.

    Use Unsplash or show off your data analysis skills by creating a pretty visualization using your favorite library.

  3. We only accept articles with a read time of 3 minutes or more. That’s about 800 words. If yours is less, dive deeper into the subject until you have more to speak about it.

  4. Be mindful of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. Having a wide vocabulary is not important but using correct grammar is.

    You need to be extra careful if you aren’t a native English speaker. Using tools like Grammarly can help.

  5. Format all code using Markdown - no screenshots.

  6. Don’t use clickbaity titles (like “You won’t believe what happens…”).

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I’m already starting to think about the next topic to cover😀

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Excited to read what you write @ksenia.kustanovich!

One question to clarify:

When the number of likes will be measured? Right after the March is over or there will be some extra time given? I mean, will those who publish on last days of March have some to collect their likes?

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Great question!

Yes, the number of like will be measured 1 or 2 weeks after March is over. So, those who publish on the last days of March will have time to collect likes. :slight_smile:

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Hello @nityesh! How many articles can we submit for the contest?

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As many as you can write! :wink:

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Hi!, I missed this contest and just knew it from Dataquest mail. Will this contest held at April or next month ? Exciting to participate!

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Can’t make any promises, right now but we do have a different contest planned for April. :wink: