INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS
2020 - 2021 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition

 
GETTING STARTED
INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS
 
You must use Open Call Login at the BetterBNC site. Do not use Contestant Login or Authorized Entrant — those are for media entrants. (Yes, it’s confusing.) If you land on a page with Contestant Manager and Authorized Entrant tabs, look for Open Call Login in small type under the Password field.
GETTING STARTED:
A. Past Entrants
  1. Click Open Call Login at top of BetterBNC page. Enter the email address and password you used last year. After sign in, hover on Open Call Contestant at top for drop-down menu and click My Account. Update your information as needed. This allows us to let you know if you’re a winner and to help promote your award. 
                                   
  2. In drop-down menu, click on My Contests. The 2020-21 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition should show up automatically. Click it to go to information, or find it in the menu of contests and check the box, then click. Now you should be on your Welcome/Manage Entries page. The Contest Info tab at the top has a drop-down menu with details about our contest.
B. Newcomer Independent Journalists
  1. Click Open Call Login and Create Your Open Call Account. Fill out the form. Follow screen instructions. The system now will send an email to your address with a validation link. You must click that link to complete the registration. If you do not get/see a validation email, check your Spam folder and be sure you allow bnc@smalltownpapers.com as a sender. If the validation does not work, click Help & Support at top of BetterBNC page. Check applicable information links there or click Start Trouble Ticket at top of that page.
     
  2. Once validated, log in to your account. Fill in the information fields.  
     
  3. Click on My Contests and scroll through the list (use scroll-down bar at right side of the box to see all contests). Click the box for our contest.
     
  4. In the pop-up window, click OK to request approval to enter. We approve as quickly as possible, within 24 hours. You will get an email saying you’re approved, but you may start compiling entries before this approval if desired. Under the Open Call Contestant tab at top of the page, see My Scrapbooks. Click on Create/Manage Scrapbooks and then Create/Save Entries to store work you’re considering entering.
     
  5. After your account is active, when you return to the website, click on Open Call Login at top of page. This should take you to your Welcome/Manage Entries page. Go to the Contest Info tab at top, which has a drop-down menu of details about our contest. The Open Call Contestant tab at top has a drop-down menu, which includes the logout.
 
RETURN TO THE INSTRUCTIONS PAGE FOR SUBMITTING ENTRIES DETAILS