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September 01, 2010 14:59 ET

Map-Enabled Online Writing Contest on HubPages Begins

HubPages Marks the Spot, Beginning Today, Allows Writers to Share Their Favorite Local Highlights, With More Than $4,000 in Cash Prizes

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 1, 2010) -  HubPages, the most rewarding place online to publish, discover and interact with people who share your interests, is launching today its sixth online writing contest, the HubPages Marks the Spot contest. The contest allows participants to share information and insights about their favorite local restaurants, shops, museums, and other highlights, and embed helpful maps. During the month of September, participants will be eligible to win over $4,000 in cash prizes given out daily and weekly.

Open to both new and existing writers on the site, the contest is the perfect way for "local experts" to share tips about the best spots and attractions in their neck of the woods, and to even earn ongoing royalties for years to come via automatically-placed online ads from which the authors receive revenue. Authors writing about their favorite sandwich joints, bowling alleys, kid-friendly museums, and even the best places to find a clean public bathroom have a chance to win daily and weekly cash prizes, and will continue to earn their authors via online ads for years.

HubPages is pleased to present its panel of judges, prominent local interest writers and bloggers:

  • Philip Ferrato, Contributing Editor, Curbed SF
  • Myryah Irby, Community Contributor, The Local, The New York Times
  • John Loscalzo aka Homer Fink, Brooklyn Heights Blog
  • David Topping, Editor-in-Chief, Torontoist
  • James & Alex Turnbull, Google Sightseeing

The judges' panel will choose the winner of the weekly Best Hub contest ($100), as well as the Grand Prize winner ($500).

"We're all very excited about kicking off our sixth contest focusing on writers' favorite local highlights," said Jason Menayan, Director of Marketing for HubPages. "We're all experts on what makes our hometowns great. This contest allows anyone to share useful tips and advice about the best their city or town has to offer. Our new Map Capsule is an excellent way to put writers' favorite spots in a geographical context on the same page as their opinions and suggestions."

HubPages Marks the Spot is sponsored by, the leading provider of hyperlocal news and information. shows consumers neighborhood news and information from local bloggers and mainstream media on hundreds of trusted news sites.

The HubPages Marks the Spot contest begins today, Wednesday, September 1, and continues through Wednesday, September 29. You do not need to have an existing HubPages account to participate, and setting up a new HubPages account is completely free. Full details, including the official rules, on the contest can be found on the Travel and Places topic page:

HubPages is the most rewarding place to publish, discover and interact with people who share your interests. Anyone can be a part of the HubPages community, a leading source of answers and expert content on the web. With over 900,000 online magazine articles published by more than 170,000 community members, HubPages is a thriving online publishing community where even new authors can enjoy hundreds or even thousands of readers immediately. HubPages authors earn recognition among their peers through the community-wide HubScores ranking system and through their own fan clubs, and authors can even earn money through online ads displayed on their articles. Many easy-to-use features of the site allow authors to include pictures, videos, links, polls, quizzes and more in their articles without having to know any Web programming. All of this is provided free to HubPages authors in an open online community, which enjoys over 28 million visitors monthly. Visit for more information.