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Where can I find the official rules for The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest?

See all the exciting details on the Official Rules page.

What is the timeline for entering the contest?

All entries must be in by February 28, 2010. Below are the Key Dates:

December 1, 2009: Contest begins

February 28, 2010: Contest ends at Midnight PST

August 2010: Winners announced

November 2010: Books planned to be on shelves!


What is the process for entering The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook ? How do I enter a blog post to be considered for the book?

First, become a member of Foodista and create a profile if you haven't already done so. Then, submit your original mouthwatering recipe into The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook on the Contest Page .


What kind of recognition will I receive if I win?

In addition to being published in the full color, internationally distributed The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook winners will be announced on and at the 2010 International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC). 

What are the prizes for winning?

In addition to being published, winners of The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook will receive a copy of the book. And, of course, winners will have bragging rights. Additional prizes may be awarded.


Where is the money going that will be made from this compilation cookbook?

The majority of the money will go to producing, distributing, and selling each copy. As editor, Foodista will receive a small percentage.


How is this contest being judged? Will winners be chosen solely based on user votes, or will the publisher be choosing the winners?

Everyone can vote on the Entries, including Entrants! The final decisions will be a combination of user votes and Foodista/AMP editorial. Part of the difference in a book is that once copy is in print it cannot be changed, thus there is a separate and more formal final editorial process.

Will we be able to see votes as they are cast?

You will not be able to see each individual vote as it is cast, but you will be able to see the average star rating on every recipe, the same way that every recipe is currently rated on Foodista.


Can I vote for my own Entry?

Of course! We encourage it!


Is there anyone who is unable to vote for the contest?

We encourage everyone to vote! You can even vote for yourself.


Can I submit an older blog post?

Since The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook is a compilation of the best food blogs of 2010 we would prefer to have submissions that were published no earlier than 2009. It's time to get cooking! You've got until the end of February to submit your best recipes, photography and food prose. 


How do I vote for an Entry to win?

Simply click on any Entry in the Contest or search by the blogger's name for all their submissions. From the recipe page click the stars located on the upper left side of the page to cast your vote.


Can I change my vote after I have voted?

Yes. You can change your star rating for any Entry by adding or removing stars. You may change your vote at any time before the end of March for it to count towards the contest.


What kind of recipes are you accepting for the contest?

We are accepting original recipes in five different categories:

Cocktails & Appetizers

Salads & Soups

Main dishes

Side Dishes

Desserts & Sweets


What are some examples of recipes that may fall into the above main categories?

We are looking for all types of recipes! From meat eaters to vegetarians, from all types of ethnicities. However, all submissions must be in English. Here are some examples:

Appetizers and Snacks

Cocktails and Non-Alcoholic Beverages


Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork, Game

Fish and Seafood
Eggs and Dairy

Vegan and Vegetarian


Fruits and Vegetables



Pizza, Crostini, Bruschetta and Other Flatbreads

Savory Bread and Baked Goods
Pasta, Rice and Grains

Cakes, Pies and Sweet Baked Goods

Cookies and Confections

And more!


Can I use metric/Imperial measurements?

Yes, your recipes may be in either US Standard measures or metric (Imperial). However, please note that if in metric measurements we may edit to US Standard measures (we're working on having this an automatic conversion in the future!)


How many Entries can I submit? Is there a limit?

There is no limit to the amount of Entries you can submit. The more original Entries you add, the better your chances!


What size images do you want?

The biggest you've got! Please send your orginal file formats. If you are shooting new pictures with a digital camera, make sure it is set to the highest resolution possible. Since these images will be printed, we are looking for high resolution images with a minimum 300 DPI.


Are you accepting all photo formats?

We will only accept photos saved as JPGs. Hard copies will not be accepted.


Can my photograph(s) have a watermark?

In general, we prefer photos without watermarks. If your Entry is selected as a winner, then we will ask you to provide an unmarked photo.


Is there a charge to enter?

Absolutely not! It's free!


Can I mail or fax my recipe to enter into the contest?

No. Entries must be made via the Contest Page .


My recipe is already posted on Foodista, is it eligible to enter the contest?

Yes. If this is the case, please contact us .


Can I enter my friend's blog into the contest?

No. We are only accepting original Entries from your own blog posts. If you really feel strongly that a food blog should be nominated, send the Contest Details to your friend and encourage them to enter!


Is this an international contest?

Yes, we are looking for a variety of cuisines from all over the globe! Any food blogger living any where in the world is encouraged to enter. However, all Entries must be in English.


Do I own my recipes once they are entered?

Yes, you maintain ownership of your content. However, by entering the contest you are granting Foodista non-exclusive rights. For more details, see the Grant of Rights section in the Official Rules .


Will my Entry(ies) be editable by everyone?

No. Only you will be allowed to make edits and changes to your Entries. When you enter a recipe into the contest, the recipe is automatically locked as a personal recipe so that no one is allowed to edit except for you and Foodista editors.


Am I able to edit my Entries once they have been submitted?

Yes. You may edit your Entries through February 28th.

What if I don't have a camera or a good photo of my recipe?

We eat with our eyes and a great picture can make mouths water! Because judging is based on a combination of recipes, writing and photography, a great photo will increase your chances of winning. For suggestions on quick ways to take great photos read our photo tips .  


What if I want to remove a photo that I have submitted and replace it with a new one?

Contact us to have a photo removed from your Entry. You may add new photos from the recipe page. Just make sure to do so by February 28!


Can I submit multiple photos for one Entry?

Absolutely! Select your best photo when you submit your Entry , then you can add more photos from your recipe page.

Can I submit my Entry, then add a photo later?

Yes, however, completed Entries will get more immediate attention.


How is the contest being publicized?

On December 1st we sent out a national press release to major news outlets and other media. We will also be announcing the news on our Facebook page,Twitter and on the Foodista Blog .


How can I promote my Entries?

We have created a special "Vote For Me" embeddable badge that will be available on every recipe that is entered into the contest. Simply copy/paste the code into the HTML editor of your blog post. If you submit more than one Entry, make sure you embed the widget into each of your posts! You can even add it to your sidebar for more visibility. Additionally, from each recipe page you'll find more ways to promote your Entries, such as sharing on your Facebook and Twitter pages as well as submitting to StumbleUpon.

How will I be notified if I win?

Winners will be notified via the email address provided in their Profile (so make sure it's a real one!).


How long can my blog post be?

Maximum content for each blog post is 750 words - not including the recipe ingredients and instructions.


Does my recipe need to be written in a certain style?

Since this is a cookbook we prefer that recipes follow a standard guideline. For examples, please read our Writing Guide .  


If my Entry is chosen will my blog post be edited or manipulated in any way?

If you are chosen, we will contact you first before any changes are made.


When will the books hit shelves?

We are expecting The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbooks to be available November 2010.


If my recipe is chosen, will I be able to pre-order books?

Yes. We will contact you with the pre-order information when the time comes.


Can I upload my recipes even if I don't want to enter the contest?

Only entries submitted through The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook submission form will be entered into the contest. If you'd like to add a recipe outside of the contest simply click Add a Recipe on any Foodista page.


Does my recipe have to be original?

Each recipe submitted must be original or a derivative of an original recipe. It must not violate or infringe any copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity right, or other proprietary or intellectual property right of any person or entity. It must not currently or previously have been the subject of a publishing or syndication agreement with any publishing house or syndicator. For more details about recipe copyright laws please see our Legal page .


How are Entries being selected?

We encourage everyone to vote and help us (the Foodista editors) select the winners!

Will recipes published in the cookbook be tested?

By submitting a recipe we trust that it has been tested for accuracy, functionality, and safety in your kitchen. If you'd feed it to your family, you'd feed it to the world, right?