|My ARCs (advance reader copies) of TALYN came today, so they’re most likely already in the hands of area booksellers and bookbuyers.
I consider TALYN the best book I’ve ever written, and it is without doubt the one closest to my heart. So.
Most of the ARCs already have homes, but I have two copies over the usual number that I get. To find good homes for those, here’s a small essay contest. (I’ll sign them and personalize them to the winners. If you only want a copy to sell on E-bay, please don’t enter.)
Let me get the DISCLAIMERS out of the way first. This is a private, content-related contest, not a public random-chance drawing.
ANY MEMBER OF THIS WEBLOG MAY ENTER.
You must have a login on this weblog to enter, and your e-mail address must be in working order for you to receive notification that your entry has won.
Writing ability (or at least coherence) will improve your chance of getting one of the two copies. So will having a clear point of view. Spelling and punctuation and grammar will matter.
You can enter as often as you like, but every entry has to be entirely different.
You can only enter your own original words.
I’ll be the only judge. I am not impartial. I acknowledge this right up front. I like both humor and items with passionate, moving emotional content, and entries that make me laugh or make me cry are just about certain to be the entries that win.
I’ll keep (and irregularly post) a running tally of those folks who are in the lead, so that people who are NOT in the lead can take another shot at the prize. I know that this is not the way things are usually done. I’m okay with that.
You’ll have to send me your address to get your prize. DON’T post it with your entry or entries, however. When you win, you’ll get an e-mail from me asking for it. I’m okay with a P.O. Box.
There is no cash substitute for the prize. I will, however, mail the thing to you on my dime.
OKAY. HERE ARE THE CONTEST RULES. Please read them carefully.
Topic is: Rediscovering Honor.
250 words or less, not including title.
Poetry or prose.
If poetry, any style is fine. Contrary to current fashion, however, I like poems with a recognizable rhyme and meter.
Pick either the HUMOR or the ESSAY category for your entry.
Essay entries can be personal anecdotes, expository pieces, or fiction (in either prose or poetry form). If fiction, all characters must be your own and set in your own world — NO FANFIC. At the end of your essay, please mark (PA) for personal anecdote, (EP) for expository piece, or (F) for fiction. (Lines do sometimes get blurred.)
Give your entry a title, and put the title and category in the REPLY title box. Reply to this post.
Example: THE PILLOW WAR (HUMOR)
And as a helpful hint for contestants, keep the vagaries of the Internet in mind. Do your essay offline, spell-check and so on, and then cut and paste into the reply box. That way you won’t lose something wonderful to a power outage or an OS temper tantrum.
You will retain all rights to your piece, and can republish it anywhere at any time. I reserve the right to maintain it on this weblog. I also reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts. (For R-rated content, for example.)
Any comment to this post that is NOT a contest entry will be deleted.
Starting Date May 12, 2005.
Contest Closes June 1st, 2005, at Midnight Central Daylight Time. Any post made after that time will be disqualified.