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Monthly Value Ideas Contest – Win $500

January 19, 2011

Starting February, GuruFocus will host a monthly contest of value ideas. All of our readers are encouraged to participate and share their investment ideas. We will select TWO WINNERS per month. The first place will win $500, and the second place will win $200. Every qualified submission will be awarded $25 for sharing the ideas.

To participate, please follow these guidelines:


Update as of Dec. 2011:

In order to encourage high quality submissions, we will make the following changes:

1. There will be four winners each month, instead of just two. The awards are:

a. First place: $500

b. Second place: $200

c. Third and fourth place: $100 each.

2. We will pay only $25 for each qualified exclusive submissions.

3. If we have less than 10 qualified submissions in a month, the submissions will be pushed to the following month for evaluation.

Investment Ideas:

1. Each submission should focus on only one company.

2. Participants are required to submit detailed research thesis to support their investment ideas

3. The investment ideas must be long term value oriented, special situations such as spin-off or merger-acquisition arbitrages

4. The ideas can be long or short, as long as you present compelling research thesis to support your ideas


1. The research write-ups are exclusive to this contest. They may not be published anywhere else. The authors may publish a summary on their blogs or websites. At the beginning of the article, the author are required to refer to this contest, and link to this page.

2. The authors may also post a summary or an introduction on their own blogs/sites, and link to the full research report on GuruFocus.

3. Authors should not resubmit the same ideas within every 6-month period

4. Authors should not submit the same ideas as the ones that have been submitted by other authors within the past 6 months.

5. Multiple submissions from the same participant on different ideas are allowed.

6. It is recommended that the write-up include at least these sections:

  • Introduction of the company

  • Analysis of Business

  • Fundamentals

  • Valuations

  • Discussions of risks, competition, catalyst etc.

When and where to Submit:

1. The Contest submission periods are from the first day to the 15th of each month. Due to tremendous response to our poll, the first contest is NOW open for submissions.

2. You can submit your contest write-ups online under Articles => Submit Articles

3. Please write down “Contest’ in the article submission tagline.

How Are the Winners Selected?

1. The quality of the write-ups and the depth of the research are the most important factor in the rating of the contest.

2. The star-ratings and the responses from the readers. Our readers have in general been very fair with their star-ratings and responses.

3. The responses of the authors to readers’ questions.

4. GuruFocus editors’ evaluations.

5. Some long term contributors and past contest winners may be invited as judges.

How to Get a Higher Score?

Two factors are considered for the scores. The quality of the analysis itself and the quality of the area that is analyzed. An example here, if the company has very good management, AND you prove clearly with your analysis, you get higher rating. If the company does have good management, but you fail to convince the readers, you still get low points.

Are you ready for the contest? If you are, get ready for your best investment ideas, research them as much as you can, write the research up!

Your hard work will be rewarded by GuruFocus, and more importantly by the appreciation of your stock picks.

Ready to go? Submit Your Value Ideas Research Now. The deadline for this submission is Feb. 15. (Please put “contest” in the tags area)

February Winners:

The first place of the contest goes to PepsiCo: Value with Safety by Alex Morris; the second place goes to Boston Beer Company - A Small Brewer Buffett Would Love by Bill Smith!

Submit your contest value ideas

About the author:

Charlie Tian, Ph.D., is the founder of GuruFocus. You can now order his book Invest Like a Guru on Amazon.

Rating: 3.3/5 (70 votes)


Jim.falbe - 8 years ago    Report SPAM
Adib Motiwala
Adib Motiwala - 8 years ago    Report SPAM
Where will the readers be able to see the idea related articles?
Gurufocus premium member - 8 years ago
We will publish all submissions and list them together once a while.

Please submit.
Gurufocus premium member - 8 years ago
We made some updates on the contest rules upon the feedbacks:

The research write-ups are exclusive to this contest. They may not be published anywhere else except for authors’ blogs or websites. At the beginning of the article, the author are required to refer to this contest, and link to this page.

Supratik - 8 years ago    Report SPAM
Are ideas restricted to US listed stocks or can we include stocks in India, China etc. that are locally listed?
Gurufocus premium member - 8 years ago
Yes, it is restricted to US listed companies.


Adib Motiwala
Adib Motiwala - 8 years ago    Report SPAM
Who was the winner of the previous competition?
Jose Vasquez
Jose Vasquez - 8 years ago    Report SPAM
can it be done for large german companies listed via an adr in usa?
Gurufocus premium member - 8 years ago
Lofty123 - 8 years ago    Report SPAM
When is the deadline for submissions for June? It says the 15th of each month, but I received an email saying that the June contest was open on the 17th?

Gurufocus premium member - 8 years ago
The submission deadline is the end of each month.

You can still submit.


Hedge Fund
Hedge Fund - 7 years ago    Report SPAM
Can a non US resident/citizen participate in this contest and

writing program (http://www.gurufocus.com/news/70028/writers-compensation-program--writers-wanted) as well? Will submit the analysis on US listed company only.

What do I state for SSN# on editorial freelance agreement pdf then? Thanks for the clarification

Dheerajgrover - 7 years ago    Report SPAM
I submitted my thesis on LOWES for the AUgust value contest but it does not show up in your list of all submissions. Has it been disqualified, if yes, any feedback will be very helpful



Gurufocus premium member - 7 years ago
It is there now. Sorry for the confusion.
Dheerajgrover - 7 years ago    Report SPAM

Can you please confirm if you got my Google adsense codes i sent you in an email. Will appreciate.


Gurufocus premium member - 7 years ago
Hedge Fund,

anyone can participate the contest.

Cdubey - 7 years ago    Report SPAM
Is the contest still running ?
Sergiovlc17 - 7 years ago    Report SPAM
Does anyone know when will the awards from january and february be announced?
Batbeer2 premium member - 7 years ago
Hi Sergiovic17,

They were. Here.

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