The Brand New UG IQ Contest Format

Get to Top 100 and have a chance to win a prize.

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The Brand New UG IQ Contest Format
It's a great Saturday to change something. Especially, when you guys ask us to change the way UG IQ contests work. So, I'm proud to introduce the brand new way to win awesome prizes on Ultimate Guitar.

The idea of this pilot version of the UG IQ Contest is based on one of your comments. Thank you for your feedback and this time we are going to give prizes randomly!

Here are some details:


One of the best manufacturers of quality guitar strings D'Addario gives you prizes this UG IQ Contest. Five lucky winners will be selected randomly from Top 100 Authors list and announced on Sept 5th.


We have five packs to give away. All prizes include a set of Nickel Bronze 10 - 46 strings and a Humidipak System.

The difference between the UG IQ old and new formats

Instead of absolute or Olympic systems (with 1 or 3 winners from top) we are going to use a power or the universe aka randomly selected numbers. It is enough to be in the Top 100 to have a chance to win one of D'Addario packs.

How to win

It is pretty much simple, all you need is to gain as much UG IQ as you can during Aug 20 - Sept 4.

Here is a small FAQ for you:

What actions count towards the UG IQ contest?

Every time you submit a tablature, a chord sheet or an article to the site you receive UG IQ points. This list includes publishing articles, lessons, and reviews, submitting chords, text tabs or Power Tabs / Guitar Pro tabs, receiving Trophies and your actions in the Pending Approval queue. The full list of actions that get you UG IQ points is available on the What is UG IQ? page.

Who is eligible to participate in contests?

All Ultimate Guitar users, except for admins, the UG staff, and banned users, are eligible to take a part in contests. UG IQ Contest grand prize winners are excluded from the next 2 Contests, however, they can participate in UG IQ Special.

When do they start and end?

99% of the time they start at 12:01 AM (EDT) on Sunday and end at 11:59 PM (EDT) on Saturday. Every contribution approved and published on during contest counts (a type of contribution may vary for UG IQ Special).

Where can I see the current UG IQ rankings?

Active contests are displayed on the main page. UG IQ Top Users section reflects current top and connected to UG IQ Contest.
Here is the direct link to UG IQ Contest on the Top 100 Users page.

Need more information?

Check out this What is UG IQ Contest/Special? page

11 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Joshua Garcia
    Not perfect, but definitely better. Thank you for listening, UG. Now if you could just unban EndTheRapture51 for calling the guy who cheated his way into 1st and won 2 guitars for it a c*nt, that'd be great.
    So there is no type of system where more points make it easier to win, you just have to be in top 100? Wow, ok. Who won the D'Angelico contest btw? You never announced who the winner was
    Yeah, it took us a while, sorry for that   You can see who the winner is in the corresponding forum topic. 
    make a contest that is premised on making the best and worst comments...getting the most reaction. The person with the most total votes on their comments (up or down) wins the prize. It's all about REACTION!!
    "Hey guys, we heard you don't like people rigging the system and winning good prizes unfairly, so how about, all of you do loads of hard work, expanding the site, keeping it active and helping us, and we reward you by entering you into a raffle for a packet of strings you'll never use?" Please. 
    so how about, we take the single prize values and divide it on 5 equal parts to make sure that more who actually "do loads of hard work, expanding the site, keeping it active and helping us" and get on the top 100 list, can take a chance to win the prize?
    How about you pay the top people who've grinded to get into the top 5 their due with some decent, guaranteed prizes, and not a glorified lottery? Professional transcription is a thing, never forget that.