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Announcing Our First Writing Contest!

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Hey! If you’re reading this, you’ve landed on the brand new CodeNewbie Community Forem. Similar to DEV, we’re a home for all programmers to learn, connect, and grow but we are especially encouraging of discussions related to the journey of developers new to the field or new to a specific technology. If you haven’t already, sign up for an account and pop over to our welcome thread to introduce yourself to your fellow CodeNewbies. We’re so excited you’re here.


To celebrate and acknowledge all of the fantastic and diverse voices we have in this growing community, we are thrilled to announce our new monthly writing contest: CodeNewbie Writers of the Month! 🥳 This ongoing, asynchronous “awards ceremony” is all about great writing (in all its many forms), making your voice heard, and having fun. Each month, we’ll celebrate three members for their contributions to this space.

How to Participate

  • Share an original article here anytime throughout the month (between the first and last day of the month). _Original means that you wrote the post yourself (without simply paraphrasing or copying an existing resource).
  • The subject matter must be relevant to programming for an early-career developer audience — but within that wide category, it can be about any subject! Cross-posting is allowed_
  • It is ok if your post was originally written before the first of the month we're awarding
  • Any type of post is eligible for the contest (tutorials, personal reflections, interviews, deep-discussions, etc), however, we require a minimum word count of 500.
  • Written posts only (no video embeds or other media for this contest unless they are supplemental to the written content).
  • The post must be free of affiliate links and/or business promotion (helpful content without a financial agenda, please!)
  • Your post can either be standalone or part of a series. If part of a series, we will either award based on one post or the entire series, but the entire series must abide by the rules above.

There’s no official entry process… just write your amazing posts and publish here on CodeNewbie Community!

How are Writers of the Month selected and awarded?

CodeNewbie Writers of the Month will be announced in a post on this Forem during the first week of each new month (starting in February 2021)! To be considered, all authors must abide by our code of conduct.

What do I get for being a CodeNewbie Writer of the Month?

  • Community bragging rights 😉
  • A special Writer of the Month profile badge (unique to each month!) 🌈
  • A special shout-out in the CodeNewbie and DEV newsletters ⭐️

Remember, you don’t need to enter to participate in the contest but if you have your eye on the Writer of the Month award, make sure to follow the rules and guidelines above.

Keep being awesome. We can’t wait to read your work.💚

Discussion (37)

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Jess Lee (she/her)

Looking forward to reading everyone's posts 🎉

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Anwar

is it okay to post an article that was published earlier this month on DEV ?

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Eleftheria Batsou

As far as I read above I think it's ok!

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Anwar

ok thanks :)

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Yep, that's totally cool!

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Hunter Peress

Hi Folks!

I wrote an article about over-engineering: would love some feedback: community.codenewbie.org/hunterpp/...

Thank you!

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BeginnerCoder17

Any # we need to use?

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BeginnerCoder17

Thanks for the quick response!

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Varghese Jose

Great intiative

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Andrew Baisden

Looking forward to seeing the new content that is written on here.

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Karolinkas

I wrote a post about learning ApplesScript dev.to/karolinkas/automate-with-ap...

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SR Hansford

Cool idea! Can't wait to give it a try!

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Eddy Nguyen

What does "Share an original article here" mean? Do I have to write a post on Codenewbie or just post a link to my post from other websites here?

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Hi! Thanks for asking. The post should be cross-posted in full here to the CodeNewbie Community, written by you, with the original location of posting disclosed via hyperlink. So a post just containing a link would not be elligible.

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Eddy Nguyen

Hi Gracie, thanks for explaining it to me in details! :)

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David Parr

I shared a post with some thoughts regarding no code / low code.

dev.to/barfoo/rethinking-no-code-l...

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Agustinus Theodorus

Just to be clear, are importing original articles written before this month fair game? Does "between the first and last day of the month" only refer to the article's release date on this site?

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Yep! For the moment, that's totally fair game as we're getting this community up and running. We might change this to only "articles published during a given month" once we're more established 😉

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Yes! For now, you can import original articles originally written before January 2021 :)

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Dendi Handian

...however, we require a minimum word count of 500.

Does code snippets count?

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Good question! We ask that code snippets are included as a supplement rather than counting towards the total length of your post.

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Timo Sarkar

Wow awesome cool 😎

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BeginnerCoder17

SOOOO, the deadline is January 31st?

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Yes! The deadline to share your article here is January 31st :)

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BeginnerCoder17

Ok, no pressure. and thanks. :3

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Taryn McMillan

I wrote a post on learning to code in my 30s! blog.tarynmcmillan.com/5-tips-for-...

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Hi Taryn! Thanks for sharing. Just FYI, in order for a post to make an author eligible for an award, it must be cross-posted to CodeNewbie Community in full with the original posting location disclosed via hyperlink

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Brenda Michelle

Are we allowed to cross post the article on dev and our own websites?

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Rahul

Do we have to embed and share or write there only?

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

All you need to do is post your writing here on CodeNewbie Forem! Although posting your work on social media and/or embedding on other sites is always encouraged!

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Saumya

I have wrote the post on HashNode can I share that for this challenge

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

As long as you post the article you wrote here on CodeNewbie in full (disclosing the original location of posting via hyperlink) that's fair game!

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Sorin Curescu

Hey guys!
I wrote an article to Discord.JS library: dev.to/en3sis/advanced-discord-js-...

It's also my first ever article :P

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Hey hey! Thanks for sharing this! Just wanted to let you know that in order for a post to make an author eligible for an award, the post must be shared here on CodeNewbie Community and be geared towards beginners. Thanks!