For the first Bikes.SE contest, we'll be giving out gift certificates of $1,200, $800 & $500 to 3 New York City-area riders whose bikes have been stolen during the past year. 5 runners up will win a Kryptonite New York bike lock.
Each contestant will be asked to "answer" his/her story in 400 words or fewer AND "prove" his/her circumstances by getting upvotes from 5 new Bicycles.SE users.
After 3 weeks, the top 10 upvoted stories will be judged by site moderators. The story-tellers that best convey "the awesome value of bicycles" will be awarded the prizes.
Everything in bold is up for debate - as is the design of choosing a winner.
(EDIT: Sorry for not making this clear: This is the first contest. We know Stack Exchange is everywhere -- there are more of you abroad than stateside. But we have to start somewhere, and I'm thinking why not a place where I can "get my hands greasy." Let's see how this contest works, hone the process, and then go global.)
What ya think!?