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Holly LaFon
Holly LaFon
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Value Idea Contest: Win Up to $1,100 for Your Investment Idea

We are re-launching the Value Idea Contest

October 03, 2018 | About:

The real value of GuruFocus.com is not just our industry-leading research tools and real-time Guru data. As a hub for value-minded investors, we have gathered thousands of the most talented retail and institutional value investors in the world.

To this community of stock pickers we are excited to announce that we are re-launching the Value Idea Contest.


All qualifying submissions will receive $100.

If your stock doubles inside of 12 months, GuruFocus will pay you another $1,000.

(Payments delivered monthly via PayPal)


To qualify for the contest, your article must meet the following requirements:

1. Idea must be thoroughly researched and cover the following areas:

  • Company history and business
  • Financial strength
  • Management
  • Valuation
  • Risks
  • Outlook

2. The idea must be long-term and value-oriented.

4. The same idea must not have been submitted for the contest within the previous six months.

5. The writing is exclusive to GuruFocus, but authors can post an abstract at other places and link to the GuruFocus article.

Only articles meeting these criteria will be considered.


To view an sample of a previous Value Idea winning article, click here.


To submit an article for the Value Idea Contest, simply hover over the "Articles" heading in the blue banner at the top of the page and click "Submit Articles Online."

At the bottom of the article submission page is a drop down box. Be sure to select Value Idea Contest as the submission type. Both free and premium members are eligible to enter the contest.


The contest is now OPEN. The deadline for each month’s submissions is the last calendar day of the month. GuruFocus will select the top articles each month. Members will then have the opportunity to vote and choose a winner.

Authors are NOT limited to one submission per month. All well-researched, qualified articles are eligible for award payment.

About the author:

Holly LaFon
I'm a financial journalist with a Master of Science in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University.

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DanaBoy - 4 months ago    Report SPAM


Your value investing contest doesn't really use a value investing time horizon. Anyone who knows anything about true value investing knows that a value stock can take anywhere from 3-5 years to become fully valued and reach its intrinsic value. One year is way too short of a timeline.

I think you should call this more of a swing trading contest. Calling it anything else does a disservice to the principles of true value investing. I don't think our saintly Bejamin Graham would have entered your contest.

Batbeer2 premium member - 4 months ago

Hi DanaBoy,

In theory you are right. In practice I believe it is possible (albeit difficult) to find and submit value ideas with a decent chance of doubling within a year.

In fact, I know it is possible. You just need to find them at less than 3x sustainable earnings.


More recenty you could have bought Aimia at less than 2x. I was a bit early on that one. https://www.gurufocus.com/flarum/u/batbeer2

Would you classify those two ideas as swing trades?

Dmo1205 - 4 months ago    Report SPAM

Do these ideas get shared somehow on the website for everyone?

Holly LaFon
Holly LaFon premium member - 4 months ago

Yes, they will be published.

Eternalfuture - 4 months ago    Report SPAM

Is the idea submitted must be about U.S. stocks only or any other stocks from any countries can be submitted?

Jean-Francois Nobert
Jean-Francois Nobert - 4 months ago    Report SPAM

That's great! Yes same question can we publish idea from Canada or other country outside US? To make things more fun, can we publish short idea that could go down 100% to 0$ in less than a year?

Best regards,


DanaBoy - 4 months ago    Report SPAM


There is no "in theory". Value investing either exists following value investing principles set down by our saintly Benjamin Graham or it does not. Benjamin Graham would not use a one year window for value investing...period.

But more to the point.

This "contest" has nothing to do with value investing, and everything to do with getting more people to use Guru Focus -- and to possibly get more PAID memberships. And there's nothing wrong with this. The web site just needs to be more honest about the purpose of this "contest". It is a marketing gimmick for people wanting to -- in their mind at least -- win some quick cash, so to speak.

Holly LaFon
Holly LaFon premium member - 4 months ago

The purposes of the contest are to build community among like-minded investors, generate more thought-provoking ideas and have fun.

Companies from outside the U.S. are permitted, yes! At this time, we are not including short ideas.

Jean-Francois Nobert
Jean-Francois Nobert - 4 months ago    Report SPAM

Fantastic thanks for the answer, looking forward to find a fantastic investment idea that could yield 100% in less than a year.



Undebtedly - 1 month ago    Report SPAM

I'd like to enter the contest, but I'm not seeing a drop-down box. (The instructions say, "At the bottom of the article submission page is a drop down box. Be sure to select Value Idea Contest as the submission type.") I've tried with three different browsers: Firefox, Vivaldi, and IE. Am I missing something?

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