How It Works

Contesty.com is the best place to start your very own contest! For businesses or individuals, our contests are a great way to market your business, find talented designers, musicians, photographers, and writers, or just to have fun with your friends, family, or coworkers! Here are step by step videos to help you learn more about how to start a contest, enter a contest, and more!

Select Your User Type

1. Start A Contest

Start by creating a contest that will entertain and engage your users. Contests can be used to gather creatives or to drive your brand. With so many options the possibilities are endless. We walk you through everything, step by step, that you will need to make an engaging, exciting contest. You can begin any kind of contest you would like, photo, video, essay, or audio.

Once you complete all of your details and complete payment for any upgrades you have chosen, your contest is finished! You can embed it on your website, or send potential contestants directly to your contest page on Contesty.com

Start a Contest
Share Contests and Contest Entries

2. Share Your Contest

A contest is only successful if you get the submissions volume and type that you are after. In order to get the most submissions, use the sharing tools provided to spread the word. Your users can also use these tools to help your contest go viral.

3. Select Winners

If you have chosen to select the winners yourself you can assign the places as you see fit. If this is an open voting contest, then the public will choose the winners by their votes. If the contest creator is selecting the winner, then they will be informed when the submission period is closed and will be given a 30 day window in which to select their winner. If no winner is selected by them, then it will default to whoever submitted their entry first.

Contest Winners
Source Files and Data Collection

4. Gather Creatives and Data

The winners are responsible for uploading their source files when the contest is complete in order to receive their prizes. This is done by navigating to the contest page, finding your entry, and hitting the “Submit Source Files” button. The files will then be automatically sent to the contest holder, and they can then release your funds, if there is a cash prize associated with the contest.

As a contest creator, you can also choose to collect the user information of your entrants and voters for future marketing by selecting the appropriate autoresponder integration during contest creation.

5. Award Prizes

Your winners have been selected and now it is time to reward your participants with the prizes offered in your contest. With Contesty.com Guaranteed Cash Prizes this could not be easier. Simply verify that you have received any needed files from the winners, then hit the “Release Prizes” button located below their entry on the contest page.

Win Cash & Prizes

Need Help Planning Your Contest?

Before you begin your contest, think about how your contest will be used. Are you trying to market your product? Are you searching for talent? Knowing what you want to accomplish will make it easier to not only define what your contest is, but help you decide which options are right for you. For more information on contest planning, you can read our article about it here.

How To Enter Contests

1. Submit An Entry

Contestants find open contests that appeal to them and their talents and make entries based on the contest details provided by the contest holder. Simply upload the appropriate file for the contest type you are entering, and hit submit. Some contests may have multiple entries allowed while others may only have single entries.

While most contests are free to enter, some contest holders choose to have contestants share to submit their entries. Choose the contests that best suit your skills, create a submission, and enter to win!

2. Win The Contest

If you have chosen to select the winners yourself you can assign the places as you see fit. If this is an open voting contest, then the public will choose the winners by their votes. If the contest creator is selecting the winner, then they will be informed when the submission period is closed and will be given a 30 day window in which to select their winner. If no winner is selected by them, then it will default to whoever submitted their entry first.

Contest Winners
Source Files and Data Collection

3. Upload Source Files If Requested

Winners are responsible for uploading their source files when the contest is complete in order to receive their prizes. This is done by navigating to the contest page, finding your entry, and hitting the “Submit Source Files” button. The files will then be automatically sent to the contest holder, and they can then release your funds, if there is a cash prize associated with the contest.

4. Collect Your Prize

Your winners have been selected and now it is time to reward your participants with the prizes offered in your contest. With Contesty.com Guaranteed Cash Prizes this could not be easier. Simply verify that you have received any needed files from the winners, then hit the “Release Prizes” button located below their entry on the contest page.

Win Cash & Prizes