Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cosmic Coincidence Contest

That one band camp?

Ya, that's how I responded to my friend's Facebook Status Update of "How did we first meet?"

Not smart. While I thought I was being funny, it turns out I was being really gross. Why am I telling you this? I don't know, except to pass on a very important life lesson: think before you do something really stupid. And then think again. And forget you ever saw American Pie or risk making stupid references to it for the rest of your natural life.

What does this lesson have to do with this post? Well, nothing really, except it just so happens that I made another incredibly shortsighted, remarkably half-witted mistake. I waited until 11:30 at night to write this blog post, and now I've completely blanked on how to write about this super awesome contest that I am cohosting with the amazing Simon Larter, and I sort of made a bet with him that I would finish my blog post before he finished his. And I'm nothing if not competitive (and in a major rush)...thus you get what is first and foremost on my mind: a life lesson not to do stupid things. Sorry about the dunderhead comment, dearest.

But now, in an attempt to undo all inane, myopic actions of the past few days, allow me to present to you the super fantabulous shiznit awesome contest:

~The Cosmic Coincidence Contest~
The Objective? Write a short story for Simon and me. The reason? Because you're a brilliant writer, and we want to challenge you to work that writing muscle and BECAUSE (and here comes the cosmic coincidence part) Simon and I both reached 100 followers at the same time (along with Sara McClung, but she totally jumped the gun and went rogue on us before I had recovered from the lurgy). And it so happens that there is an unwritten rule in the blogosphere that when you reach 100 followers, you must host a contest. Yeah, I'm pretty sure about this. And what better way to celebrate the cosmic collision of our individual writerly paths than to cohost a contest?

Simon has taken on the monumental (easy *cough*) task of coming up with the rules, while I get to post about the prizes. But there you have it. Men always get the breaks in this world. So please, be sure to stop by and read the rules on Simon's blog post. You have until January 31, 2010 to potentially win one of the following...


The Top 2 winning entries will win their choice of one of these two books:

A new, hardback edition of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl or The Finca Vigia Edition of The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway.
AND, if you wish, Critiques of a manuscript up to 10 pages long, or 10 pages of a longer work, graciously provided by members of Simon's critique group. Feedback can include line edits, notes on phrasing, suggestions for tightening, expanding, or reworking, and all the other stuff that goes along with a careful critique. If you're wondering whether this is even a worthwhile prize, don't--there are some fantastic editors and writers in the group, Simon included.

2nd Prize Entry will win Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

AND, if you wish, a critique of up to 5 pages by Simon and/or Carol

3rd Prize Winning Entry will win: Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

AND, if you wish, a critique of up to 5 pages by either Simon and/or Carol

Please feel free to tweet and/or blog about this contest. We can't, in good conscience, offer any sort of bonus points for doing so, since it is a short story contest after all, but won't your win feel that much more satisfying if you're not the ONLY entry? Oh, how sporting of you. And karma...there's always that...if you believe in that sort of thing. If you don't, think of it as good samaritanship.

Finally, please keep in mind that if you enter and win, you will need to provide us with an address to send you your prize. Morever, winning entries will be featured on our blogs along with our explanations of why we loved them. All entries will be mentioned (unless otherwise requested) and will receive links to their blogs.

And don't forget! You must go check out Simon's blog for the rules! You must you must you must!*

So please, be sure to enter. Please. And win one of our spectacular prizes.!

And last, but never least...BIG HUGE THANK YOU to all of our supporters. You mean the world to us. Without you, we're just writers. With you, we're authors.

And that makes all the difference.

*Those of you who have read Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's me, Margaret likely have a different ending to that command, but still, go check out Simon's blog! You must know the rules so you can play to win!

Disclaimer: I am NOT a Jets fan. I am not a hockey fan either. Or was that basketball? Cricket? Badminton?


  1. What awesome prizes! Really, the best.

    Thank you.

  2. Fun! Way to have it together. Any genre, any word count?

  3. Yvonne, I'm so glad!! I hope this means we can look forward to your entry!

  4. M. Gray, any genre, up to 1,000 words, but you have to use one of the set of topics determined by Simon's word dice. And they are very fun topics (I think I'll write one using the last set just for fun). You'll love them. Check them out. Hooray!! I hope you're entering!!

  5. OHHH, I want so badly to enter this contest. Why'd you have to make the prizes so good?!

  6. Great contest and exceptional prizes. Especially, Beautiful Creatures. : ) Congrats on reaching 100 followers. Once I get 100 I plan on holding a contest, too. Only 58 more to go. So I should be holding a contest by next week, right? Ha! I crack myself up sometimes. Congrats!

  7. Angie Kate, Oh I would love to see you enter. I know your skill with the short story, my friend. And I must say, it's a beautiful thing. Do do do consider entering!!

    Kimberly, why thank you very much! We really worked our brains for prizes! And I have a feeling it won't be too long before you hit your 100!

  8. Great prizes - I'm guessing Simon chose the Hemingway! :-)

  9. Fabulous contest!!! I have Beautiful Creatures on my TBR shelf and I'm DYING to read it.

  10. Shannon, thank you! And oddly enough, I chose the fiction books. They're both actually mine, although the ones in the photos aren't going to be the ACTUAL prizes. I'll be ordering new ones (most especially because the Finca Vigia is filled with my personal notes and it's my baby). But Simon chose the craft books ;)

  11. Lisa and Laura, thank you!! Fab book! Definitely worth a read and worth the win!

  12. Great contest! Yet, I'm going to back silently into a dark corner and observe everyone's entries from afar. Got too much on my plate as it is sadly.

    And NO, Carol, you cannot enter your own contest! Just saying.... :)

  13. Sweet! I'm in :-) I soooooooo want to read Beautiful Creatures! Hopping over to Simon's blog to read more about it now! Oh and I'm adding it to my sidebar of contests. xxoxo

  14. PS my bad for going rogue!! But in all fairness, when Simon mentioned he was close too, when I mentioned that I was going to have a contest when I reached 100 followers, he told me to make sure not to steal his contest idea. So ha!

  15. I just started Beautiful Creatures! :)
    What a fun contest. Congrats to you and Simon on all of your followers. And forget the Jets. GO RAVENS!
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  16. Great, great, great prizes!!! I'm off to Simon's to check out the other half of the contest :)

  17. Wendy, oh man!!!! And I was even willing to send books to New Zealand, too...well...haha. I know you're crazy busy. And I KNOW you are resolved to getting your book all finito. Which I can't wait to read by the way. sure I shouldn't enter the contest? Haha! ;)

    Sara, SWEEEEEET! So excited! So glad you're on board. And dude, that was very naughty of Simon to say that. Although to be fair to him, we didn't get together on this until I was in the midst of total flu madness. By then you already had your contest posted. but perhaps at 200 followers....

    Karen, thank you! I look forward to hearing your take on Beautiful Creatures, too. As for rooting for a team, if I rootfor anyone, it would have to be the Colts. Who, I believe totally let the Jets get into the playoffs because they were stupid and didn't play their starters in the last game of the season.So yeah, okay, I know who the JETS are...hehe. Are the Ravens in Baltimore?

    Jemi, why thank you! I hope you enter, m'dear. Would love to see your work! Your blog is brilliant, so I'd imagine your stories are, too ;)

  18. What a fun contest! I'm headed over to Simon's place right now...

  19. Bethany, awesome! Thank you for the kind words. Would love to see you enter!

  20. great prizes! I love writing contests the best since they really stretch the muscles (you know, those "magical" writing muscles...?)

  21. Falen, Fun stuff. Fun prizes. Oh, say you'll enter!! That aside...very cool profile pic. I'm wondering how you got it so perfectly centered over the eye for the thumbnail. I can't figure out how to change things so I'm not highlighting my neck in my profile thumbnail.

  22. As I said to Simon, this sounds like excellent fun. You have a new follower ;)

  23. notenoughwords, fantastic!!! And thank you for the follow. I'm looking forward to reading your entry.


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