With only 127 days remaining until the opening ceremonies of the 21st winter Olympic games, the excitement is reaching new heights coast to coast with each passing day.
With anticipation mounting, The Globe and Mail Newspaper is doing its part to add to the excitement by introducing The Globe and Mail Journalism Dream Contest.
For aspiring journalists across the nation, the contest truly is a dream for the two lucky winners, with the prize being a 14 day adventure to the Vancouver games as a "guest journalist." Included in the prize is round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and a cool $1,000 worth of spending money.
Oh, and for an extra bonus, the winner gets to bring a guest.
Talk about an unforgettable experience!
Not only is the contest open to any aspiring journalists, the Globe and Mail has a photography category for the photo savvy crowd.
The contest is simple, if entering the writing category, The Globe and Mail is asking all participants to submit a 500 word piece detailing any sporting event you have attended. Whether it be a sold out NHL hockey game, or a neighborhood pickup game, The Globe and Mail want to hear about it.
Not only does The Globe and Mail want to hear about it, they want to see it. That's why the photography category is in place. For the photographers, The Globe and Mail is asking for a three to five page photo essay to be submitted; ranging anywhere from a pro sporting event down to the minor leagues.
The Globe and Mail have designated the contest into two separate categories: "Writing" and "Photography," meaning there are two grand prize trips to the Olympics with a new laptop included for the "Writing" category winner, and a new camera for the "Photography" category winner.
The contest is open to all legal Canadian citizens and will run from October 5th until the closing deadline of November 22nd 2009.
Contest rules and regulations, as well as more information can be found at www.journalismdream.theglobeandmail.com.
In a year that will feature much excitement and celebration, it can be expected that this Globe and Mail contest will produce plenty of both, for participants and voters alike. A competition between writers and photographers trying to achieve their own unique Olympic dreams.
Best of luck to all participants and may the best journalist win.