Here are some of the questions that I get asked about SYTYC. More will be added all the time, so check back often! And if you have a question please let me know!
#1 – Did Missy do all the crafts shown?
I am not near that talented, nor do I have that much time! All the projects featured during the challenges are done by the 10 participating crafters.
Since the projects are kept anonymous while the polls are open I’m sure you get curious to know who did what. Once the results are announced I will add the crafters name to their projects everywhere it is shown. You may notice that some of the first few seasons are not as well labeled. I’m currently working on getting the archives updated.
I may do a craft here or there, but I will make sure to specify if it was mine. If you’re still unsure, feel free to ask me!
#2 – How does the contest work?
I love this quote by Sara Moore of Handmade News gave of SYTYC from when she interviewed me a little while ago, “Imagine 10 artisans going head to head in a crafting contest, where readers like you are a judges, and the winning piece is made into a tutorial afterward. Sound intriguing? This goes on every week on So You Think You’re Crafty.”
That pretty much sums it up! You get to decide the winning projects!
#3 – How many weeks does each season include?
Every “season” lasts for 10 weeks and consists of 10 crafters. Each week they will be given a theme for the weeks project. You guys will vote for a winner using a poll. Each week the winner will make a tutorial for their project while the crafter with the least votes is “sent home.” After the 10 weeks are over, we’ll start the next season with another group of 10 crafters.
There is also an audition round each season. This happens during week 9 of the previous season (ie – the auditions for season 13 will happen in week 9 of season 12)
While voting is open the projects will remain anonymous. They will be giving their rightful owners after the voting has closed for the week.
#4 – Is there any sort of schedule for when things are posted on SYTYC?
There is a schedule that I keep to for SYTYC, but I’m just a one woman show. And what with being a wife, mommy and also working a part time job and my church responsibility things may be posted a little late
Monday – The new challenge is posted and the poll opens at 8:30am ET.
Tuesday – The tutorial for the previous winning challenge is posted.
Wednesday – An interview with the crafter that was sent home the previous week.
Thursday – The “I’m Crafty” linky party opens 8:30am ET. The poll also closes at midnight PT.
Friday – The results from the weeks challenge as well as any favorites from the linky party will be posted.
#5 – How can I participate in a Season of SYTYC?
It’s simple, just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a link to your blog (and yes, due to the nature of the contest you do need to have a blog to participate – but this would be a perfect opportunity to start one )! I’ll take a look at it and add you to the next open audition round if I think you’re a good fit. I limit each audition round to 20 crafters, but the number will vary. The auditions take place during week 9 of the preceding season (so if you’re trying for season 13, you would audition week 9 of season 12). It’s just like a normal challenge, you make a craft and it will be voted on in a poll. Only this time the top 10 projects will be the next set of crafters. If you don’t make it through the auditions don’t worry, you’re welcome to try again!
#6 – What do I need to provide if I’m chosen to audition?
All I need from for the auditions is an html of the post that you would like to submit. The project has to be an original project by you (never shown on your blog before) and presented just as you would do on your own blog. Keeping things anonymous has been an issue that past crafters have felt strongly about (to minimize the risk of a popularity contest) so keep anything that could be identifying out of the post. There is no tutorial needed for the audition round.
#7 – I was one of the top 10 in the audition round. Now what?
If you make it through the audition round I’ll need a few things from you before the season actually starts:
- a button to your blog,
- an 8 question interview (will be provided)
- a bio of you and your blog and shop (if you have one) that includes links and a headshot
- a signed copy of a “Contestants Contract” – that sounds daunting, but it basically just says that you’ll provide the posts and I’ll get them up on time and things like that.
Once the season is in full swing, I’ll just need your weekly projects from you and a tutorial for the craft if you are the winner for that week.
#8 – Is there a prize for the winner?
Yes there is! The top three crafters of each season will win a spectacular prize from our fabulous sponsors. The prize changes each season and is totally dependent on if there are any or how many sponsors there are.
If you would like to sponsor a season, check out the Sponsorship page for more details.