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EricSchwartz Staff says

Does the theme that it is based on need to be a blog theme or can it something like a landing page?

In conditions the template must be already exist. I want be sure can i get contest with this template? please take a look. http://themeforest.net/item/fabulous-parallax-responsive-one-page/4740165

Yes! Your Ghost theme can be based on any of your existing ThemeForest designs, be it WordPress, PSD template, site template, email template, landing page, etc. If you think it’s got what it takes, make a blog out of it! Of course your existing blog designs are an obvious place to start.

Keep in mind that converted Ghost themes should have a strong aesthetic connection to the original item design. e.g. Simply copying an existing item’s color scheme does not count. They should feel cohesive, as if they are part of the same web identity/branding. Envato Staff will have final say on whether a theme is eligible for a “converted” item prize. I’ve added this to the announcement as well to help clarify.

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EricSchwartz Staff says

Awesome, hopefully this should increase the quality a lot as it won’t just be a mass of templates! – Got a good idea, not sure how I’ll execute it yet. Do you get the badge for submitting or being one of the 10 best use – I won’t be able to get the first 10

Yes indeed:

  • All winners will also receive the much-desired Most Wanted Bounty Winner badge.
  • “Best Use” prize winners will also receive a “Won a Contest” badge.
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Only converted themes based on your existing (non-Ghost) website theme/template designs are eligible for the first 10 x $200 bounty prizes.

“your existing” – it means: submited and accepted before 11.11.2013?

Or does it mean that it could be possible to submit for example WP theme during this contest first and Ghost theme later?

The existing theme/template must be one of your approved items on ThemeForest prior to submitting the Ghost theme. There is no date restriction on the existing ThemeForest item. So yes, if you have a WordPress theme get approved tomorrow for example, you could still make a Ghost theme out of it and submit it for this contest. Don’t forget this part of the bounty is a race!

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EricSchwartz Staff says

So for new items (Not converted but from scratch) You can only earn a bounty if it’s genre specific or using masonry / responsive etc?

Hey FlatKing, that is correct. I have updated the announcement “key details” wording to hopefully make this even clearer:

  • Only converted themes based on your existing (non-Ghost) website theme/template designs are eligible for the first 10 x $200 bounty prizes.
  • All items submitted during the contest time period (either original or converted) are eligible for both of the “Best Use” prizes (10 x $500 total).

Altogether that’s 20 possible chances to win a prize! Look forward to seeing your submissions :)

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EricSchwartz Staff says

Hi Eric, a quick couple of questions please. Today I’ve submitted a theme, basically for the previous competition. Right now it is still in review queue. According to the competition rules it was submitted before 12 PM Central US. So, terms say “submitted”, not “approved”. If the theme gets approved, it should be considered as a valid entry for the first competition, right? If so, how would I be able to announce it on that competition’s topic since it’s locked now?

It’s a bit unsettling as I am not sure if it makes it there… Could you please shed a bit of light on the matter?

Thank you and regards,

Alex

Hey Alex, that is correct, your theme has been submitted prior to the first contest ending, so if approved it will be entered and eligible for the first contest’s prizes. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to post your item link the the contest thread, as long as it meets all the eligibility requirements and you’ve filled out the Most Wanted Entry Agreement, you’re good to go!

To be clear, any Ghost themes submitted (and subsequently approved) prior to November 11th at 12pm Central US time will be considered for the first contest, and any Ghost themes submitted (and subsequently approved) after that time (and before December 16th at 12pm Central US time) will be considered for this “Part II” contest.

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We reached our deadline and this event is now over!

This particular Envato’s “Most Wanted” is now over! Thank you again for the excellent response and all the wonderful submissions! Winners will be announced in about 2-3 weeks (please do not contact us about status of prizes). If you entered and haven’t already done so, be sure to sign the authorization form! Good luck! :)

But wait, there’s more!

In only four short weeks since launching Ghost and our first “Most Wanted” contest, we’ve seen loads of amazing Ghost Theme submissions from ThemeForest authors both old and new. With the stellar response and designs we’ve seen so far, for the very first time in Envato history we’re extremely excited to announce that we’ve decided to more than double the prize pot with a follow up “Most Wanted, Part II” contest and an additional $7,000 bounty!

That’s brings it to a $12,000 total payout for Ghost themes, making it the biggest launch on ThemeForest ever! So if you didn’t get around to submitting a Ghost Theme the first time around (or even if you did), now’s your chance to dive into this exciting new blogging platform and win some great prizes as well!

Check out the new “Most Wanted” announcement here!

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WE REACHED OUR DEADLINE AND THIS EVENT IS NOW OVER! WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

Envato's Most Wanted

In only four short weeks since launching Ghost and our first “Most Wanted” contest, we’ve seen loads of amazing Ghost Theme submissions from ThemeForest authors both old and new. With the stellar response and designs we’ve seen so far, for the very first time in Envato history we’re extremely excited to announce that we’ve decided to more than double the prize pot with a follow up “Most Wanted, Part II” contest and an additional $7,000 bounty!

That’s brings it to a $12,000 total payout for Ghost themes, making it the biggest launch on ThemeForest ever! So if you didn’t get around to submitting a Ghost Theme the first time around (or even if you did), now’s your chance to dive into this exciting new blogging platform and win some great prizes as well!

What’s The Reward?

Hot on the heels of the first “Most Wanted” contest for Ghost, we’ve put an extra $7,000 bounty on the head of Envato’s latest most wanted file type – Ghost Themes on ThemeForest. How do you collect? Submit a new Ghost theme that meets the following criteria:

  • We’re giving out $500 each for the 5 themes with the best use of advanced design techniques (e.g. animation, parallax, masonry, responsiveness, CSS3, etc.)
  • We’re giving out $500 each for the 5 themes with the best use of a genre-specific design (e.g. food, travel, fashion, etc.)
  • An individual theme can win prizes for BOTH incorporating superior advanced design techniques as well as having an amazing genre-specific design (2 x $500 = $1000)
  • Authors can only win up to one prize each in each of these two areas, whether it’s both for a single theme, or one prize apiece for two different themes ($1000 maximum per author for “best use”)
  • Winners in these areas will be voted on by Envato staff.
We’re also handing out $200 to each of the first 10 new Ghost Themes to get uploaded and approved based on your own existing theme or site template designs on ThemeForest! For example this Ghost theme created from this existing theme design.
  • Each author is allowed to win a maximum of one (1) prize for a newly converted theme.
  • Converted themes are also eligible for both “best use” prizes – that’s potentially $1200 in total winnings for a single theme!
  • Ghost themes cannot be “converted” from an existing Ghost theme design.
  • Make sure to notify the reviewers that the item is a conversion and link to the existing item in the submission upload comments box.

It’s a Race and a Contest!

This Envato’s Most Wanted is a race and a contest, and like any contest, you don’t want to be disqualified because you didn’t follow the rules. So as well as carefully following the procedure below, make sure you read the rules in full!


Here are the key details:

  • Submit your items on or after Monday, November 11th at 12pm Central US time and before the competition closes on Monday, December 16th at 12pm Central US time.
  • Already approved Ghost themes submitted before this contest start date are not eligible for these prizes. This is a completely separate contest from the original “Most Wanted” for Ghost themes.
  • Authors who wish to enter this contest as well must submit a new theme for consideration. Updates to previously approved Ghost themes do not count toward eligibility.
  • The winning files will get a share of the new $7,000 prize!
  • Only converted themes based on your existing (non-Ghost) website theme/template designs are eligible for the first 10 x $200 bounty prizes.
  • Converted Ghost themes should have a strong aesthetic connection to the original design. e.g. Simply copying an existing item’s color scheme does not count. Envato Staff will have final say on whether a theme is eligible for a “converted” item prize.
  • All items submitted during the contest time period (either original or converted) are eligible for both of the “Best Use” prizes (10 x $500 total).
  • Envato Staff will vote on the “Best Use” prize entries/winners.
  • Prizes are payable only via PayPal or Moneybookers/Skrill.
  • All winners will also receive the much-desired Most Wanted Bounty Winner badge.
  • “Best Use” prize winners will also receive a “Won a Contest” badge.
  • Winners will be announced 1-2 weeks after the event closes to ensure any late entries are processed. Prizes will be sent out 2-3 weeks AFTER the winners have been announced.
  • Make sure you have completed our Most Wanted Entry Agreement form.
  • Please DO NOT submit inquiries about prizes in the forums, via support, or directly to staff, we promise we won’t forget your prize!

Just getting started?

Whether you’re just getting started or looking to dive deeper into Ghost and improve your next theme design, give yourself a leg up with this newly released 6-part step-by-step series on Building a Ghost Theme From Scratch from Tuts+.

We’ve also recently published a Knowledgebase article outlining more detailed submission requirements for Ghost Themes. Please take a moment to review them if you have not already.

The Ghost platform is growing and evolving every day. Don’t forget to take advantage of and be creative with it’s latest features in your new designs, such as Static Pages, Featured Posts, Error Page handling, and more!

How to Submit Your Items

What To Do After Your Items Are Approved

Once your items have been approved, do the following as soon as you can:
  • Complete the Most Wanted Entry Agreement. By doing this, you agree to keep any winning entries online for a minimum of two years.
  • Post your approved entries in this thread. Make sure to say if your entry is a conversion and if so link us to the existing item as well.

It’s as simple as that! All new files submitted (and subsequently approved) before the contest ends have a shot at winning the prizes. Good luck!

Please Read Full Terms & Conditions Here

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EricSchwartz Staff says

Hi there! Can someone tell me, if i have submitted a “one article template” theme, it is possible to update it and make it a “6 article template” theme and get it approved for the contest? Thank you!

Any TypeEngine themes submitted and subsequently approved before the contest deadline that also meet the contest eligibility requirements will be considered for the bounty.

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EricSchwartz Staff says

Could you show us some examples of different article layouts? I couldn’t vary the layout much between different templates.

The layout possibilities are really quite vast – anything you can do in a mobile webkit browser you can do with a TypeEngine article template. For inspiration, just think of all the magazines, blogs, individual webpages, and single page websites that are out there. You could also download and take a look at a few of the existing magazines created with TypeEngine on your iOS device.

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EricSchwartz Staff says

One question, is it allowed to use the default ghost theme (casper) as kind of a framework?

The Casper theme is released by Ghost under the MIT license, so as long as the copyright notice remains in tact (e.g. “This theme is based on Casper © 2013 Ghost Foundation” in code comments, theme documentation, etc.) you may use the Casper theme files as you see fit.

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