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Margaret Atwood Fans Invited to Take Part in a Wattpad Writing Contest

Stone MattressRandom House has released Margaret Atwood’s new short fiction collection, Stone Mattress. One of the nine tales, “The Freeze-Dried Groom,” has been posted on Wattpad. This particular piece leaves the reader with many unanswered questions.

Some of these queries include “Will Sam be a killer or a victim?” and “What are the other characters’ versions of events?” Fans are invited to take part in a writing contest to answer these questions. Follow this link to learn about all the rules.

The deadline has been set for October 31st at 11:59 p.m. EST and a winner will be announced on November 18th. The grand prize winner will receive a signed Stone Mattress anthology, a tweet from Atwood, and loot from Wattpad. Two runner-ups will also receive autographed of copies of Atwood’s book.

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Wattpad Contest Invites Fans to Collaborate On a R.L. Stine Short Story

Fear Street ContestWattpad is running “The R.L. Stine Fill In The Fear Contest.” This allows fans to collaborate on a short story called “Let’s Make a Trade” with R.L. Stine.

Stine wrote the beginning and now it’s up to the participants to fill in the middle; Stine will be responsible for the ending. Writers have until October 9th to turn in a submission.

Both the winner and the finished piece will be unveiled on October 31st; readers will be able to access the entire story on Stine’s Wattpad profile. Follow this link to learn all the rules for this contest.

McSweeney’s Unveils Inaugural Student Short Story Contest

mcsweeneysMcSweeney’s is running its first Student Short Story Contest which encourages undergraduate and graduate students to enter their short stories for a $500 prize and the chance to be published in the August 2015 issue of McSweeney’s 51.

The contest will be judged by an author, who has yet to be revealed. Writers must be enrolled students. Stories must be under 7,500 words. Submissions are being accepted from July 30 – August 31, 2014. The entry fee costs $55 which comes with a one year subscription to the McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern.

Here is more from the McSweeney’s website: “Along with your submission, please include a brief cover letter that mentions your hometown, the college or university you attend, and your year in school. Please also include your contact information. To enter the contest online, please go here.”

 

Half Price Books Hosts Shelfie Contest

ShelfiHalf Price Books is currently running the #MeMyShelfandI photo contest.

Bibliophiles are being asked to “show off” their bookshelf “with or without self-portrait” which may feature books, music, movies, or other collectible items. The contest will run from July 21, 2014 to August 04, 2014.

From there, entrants should submit their #shelfies on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. For Facebook, the pictures should be posted “directly to the Half Price Books wall using the hashtag #MeMyShelfandI within the photo caption.” For Twitter and Instagram, contestants “must mention @HalfPriceBooks and use the hashtag #MeMyShelfandI within a photo caption.” Follow this link to learn more details about this contest.

J.M. Lee Wins ‘The Dark Crystal’ Author Quest Contest

969658_286630688148585_854746099_nJ.M. Lee has won the Dark Crystal Author Quest contest.

Last summer, Penguin Young Readers Group formed a partnership with the Jim Henson Company to publish a young adult series inspired by the classic film, The Dark Crystal. The two companies launched a contest to find a writer to pen the first installment of this project. Lee’s story, “The Ring of Dreams” was chosen as the winning piece from a pool of more than 500 submissions.

Lee had this statement in the press release: “The Dark Crystal was my first Jim Henson experience after being coerced into a viewing by my father, who since has admitted he just thought I would like the ‘soundtrack performed by a bunch of giant crows.’ And I did! I’ve always been a fan of dark fantasy, but thinking back on how early it was that The Dark Crystal became part of my VHS(!) library, I wonder which came first: the Skeksis or the egg. Even now, the depth of world and profundity has continued to reveal itself as I grow into my so-called adulthood.”

Hugh Howey, Wattpad & Booktrack Kick Off Writing & Sound Design Competition

UnknownAuthor Hugh Howey has partnered with digital writing community Wattpad and eBook soundtrack company Booktrack have introduced a new writing and audio production contest with $20,000 in prizes available.

The Hugh Howey Booktrack & Wattpad Fan Fiction Contest is two-part. Writers are encouraged to write a fan fiction story based around Howey’s novel Half Way Home. Sound designers are encouraged to create a soundtrack for the book. The soundtrack winner will get a $5,000 prize, as well as the chance to co-produce a soundtrack for Howey’s latest novel The Hurricane. The winning writer will earn a $5,000 prize, as well as editorial feedback from Howey on the piece. Finalists will earn $1,000 prizes.

“Storytelling can be so much more than mere words. I love what Booktrack makes possible. Now, a soundscape can heighten our reading experience,” stated Howey. “And this competition is perfect for bringing fans into a creative collaboration. I can’t wait to see what immersive and inspired experience they help create.”

Black Hill Press, JukePop, & the California Public Libraries Seek Novellas

BHP-Postcards-01-MSCBlack Hill Press, JukePop, and the California Public Libraries have joined together to host a challenge called the ”Summer Writing Project.”

Participants will pen novellas and submit chapters through jukepop.com. For the purposes of this project, a novella should contain a range of 10,000 to 30,000 words.

Black Hill Press will pick three novellas for publication in a special collection. Artist Jeannie Phan has signed on to design the cover for the book. This venture kicked off on June 1st and will run until August 31st. Follow this link to read the submission guidelines.

Atlantic Records Hosts Instagram Contest For ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie Soundtrack

tfioscoverWant to contribute a few words to music video for The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack?

Author John Green announced on his blog that Atlantic Records is accepting instagram pieces with “a word or phrase of encouragement.” The organizers behind this contest “will pick their favorite entries and include them in the music video.”

To participate, all images must feature the #TFiOSencouragements hashtag in the description. Thus far, more than two dozen people have sent in submissions. A deadline has been set for April 11, 2014.

New York City Hosts Twitter Poetry Contest

twitter304In celebration of National Poetry Month, New York City is once again hosting a Twitter poetry contest.

To enter, all poets must include the #NYCPoetweet hashtag in their tweets. All participants must adhere to this rule: “keep it clean and to one tweet.”

According to silive.com, “the best tweets posted before April 8 will be considered for publication in Metro New York on April 24, or ‘Poem in Your Pocket Day.’” First Lady Chirlane McCray, poet and wife to Mayor Bill de Blasio, will serve as one of the judges. Follow this link to learn more details about the contest and view last year’s winning poems.

Half Price Books Hosts Tournament of Sidekicks

sidekickInspired by the NCAA basketball tournament, Half Price Books has launched a Tournament of Sidekicks, pitting 64 characters against one another.

All of these characters belong to one of four categories: literature, children’s entertainment, geek culture, and TV/film. Voting opens on March 18th and the winner will be announced on April 7th.

Who would you pick as your faithful sidekick? Follow this link to download a copy of the bracket. In the past, the bookseller had hosted a Tournament of Villains and a Tournament of Heroes: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy.

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