Welcome to our first ever Dave's Garden Write-Off. Compete to showcase your writing talent and gardening knowledge - and to win a free membership to Dave's Garden!

Who can enter? All members, excluding employees and regular contributors to the Articles section.

What should I write about? The theme of the contest is "Preparing for Spring." All submissions must be on a gardening-related topic (plants, mosses, fungi, birds or insects.) Entries can be non-fiction or fiction; personal or educational. All submissions must be in English, not previously published or produced at the time of submission, and should not exceed 800 words. You may enter up to three separate submissions. All submissions must be the author's original work (clearly identified short excerpts from authoritative sources are allowed.)

How do I enter? To enter, simply submit an article using the Article Submission Form. ALL CONTEST ENTRIES MUST HAVE "SPRING CONTEST" IN THE SUBJECT LINE. For example, if the name of your article is "Beautiful Bulbs", enter the title as "Spring Contest: Beautiful Bulbs." You must include at least one photo; it can be your own, or one from a free public source such as You may add up to three photos with your submission. Please review your submission carefully before submitting; once it is submitted you will not be able to retrieve it to modify it. You may contact the DG helpdesk if your entry requires a revision after it has been submitted.

When will the contest take place? Submit your entry between February 6th, 2012 and 11:59 pm on February 26th, 2012. The top three submissions and runner-ups will be chosen by DG admins and writers. Winners will be notified on March 5th and asked to provide a short bio and 250x250 photo to accompany your article. The winning articles will be published on March 12th and available for comments and informal voting by the entire DG membership. The voting and comment period will end on March 15th .

What can I win? The author of the article receiving the most positive "votes" and comments will win a one-year subscription to DG. The second place and third place winners will receive a two-month subscription to DG. All three winning articles will be featured in our weekly newsletter. Runner-up articles selected by Dave's Garden admin and writers will be run as special articles through March and April.

Additional contest rules
Because the submission process is online, non-winning articles cannot be returned to you. If you wish to keep a copy of your entry, you should copy it into another document before submitting it. Winning articles become the property of Dave's Garden. Per our Terms of Use, you will retain the copyright to your original photo(s), although by submitting your work, you provide us with a non-exclusive license to reproduce the photo(s) in conjunction with the article.

By entering this Contest, you agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless's, its shareholders, partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

All entries submitted and conduct related to the Contest must be in accordance with Terms of Use.

Contest winners will be notified by Dave's Garden Admin. A list of the winners will be found on this page and in the Article section. Non-winning entrants will not be individually notified of the results.

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The voting is finished!! Congratulations to each of the winners. Click below to view the winners of each contest.

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