writing contests

Writing Contest Winner Announced!

Okay, it wasn't exactly a writing contest, though you did have to write a comment.  But, somehow that headline sounded better than anything else I could come up with.  So, are you ready to know the winner?

Drum roll, please…..

Every time I hear that phrase I think of the scene in the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation where Chevy Chase has spent the whole day and half the night covering every inch of his house with Christmas lights.  The moment for the big reveal has come.  It is time to plug in the lights.  He gathers his entire family, parents, and in-laws, and kids included, and asks for a drum roll, with which his wife, Beverly D'Angelo (whatever happened to her?  I like her*) obliges him, rolling her tongue against her teeth.

And then nothing happens.  The lights don't work.

But don't worry, I'm not going to do that to you here.  And I've kept you waiting long enough.  So, once again, the winner of the contest for the Pilot fountain pens is…..

Zan Marie!


Just so you know I did this randomly and fairly and squarely, I used the random name generator at a site that, as far as I can tell, teachers use to choose their students.  Whatever it is used for, it is simple and it works great.

Zan Marie, email me with your home address so I can get you those pens.  And, by the way, Nicole Wolverton, you're my winner from last week.  I need  you to contact me so that I can send you the Moleskine journal.

And stay tuned!  Next Monday I'll be announcing another contest with a special gift for writers.  In the meantime, if you feel like chatting, how's your Christmas shopping going?  Are you done or just starting?

*According to YouTube, there's a new short film in the Vacation series coming out in February, with Chevy and Beverly.

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Comedy Writing Contest

I was contacted by these folks to promote their comedy writing contest.  And hey, there's a $5,000 prize!  It's not the cool $5 million that the X Factor is offering its winners, but I'd take it. And you probably would, too.

So here are the details:

  • First, be aware that the deadline is October 28th, so either get cranking or start digging through your files. 
  • They are looking for a half-hour comedy script featuring the modern American family.
  • The winner will receive creative guidance and direct input from director John Wells, known as the executive producer of ER, The West Wing, Third Watch, Southland, and Shameless.
  • Did I mention the prize was for $5k?

Check out the Comedy Writer Contest site for more info and official rules.

And good luck.  If you win, come back and share the good news.

By the way, do you enter writing contests, or do you prefer to submit to other venues?

Better Late Than Never….And There’s Still Time

You have until November 16 (tons of time) to enter the contest over at Lexus magazine.

How it works is simple.  You submit a 1,000 word ending to the story, "In The Belly of the Beast," a serial novella that has been published on the site since April.  A huge list of well-known writers have contributed chapters to this story, so you'll be in great company if you win by providing the best ending.

Here's a list of participating writers so far:

  • Richard McCann, author of the
    autobiographical novel Mother of
  • Curtis Sittenfeld, author of
    bestselling novel Prep and The Man of My Dreams
  • Brian Antoni, author of Paradise Overdose and contributor to Naked Came the Manatee
  • Bob Shacochis, National Book
    Award winner and author of Easy in the
    Islands, The Next New World
    and Swimming in the Volcano
  • Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My WeaknessWaltzing the Cat  and Sight Hound
  • Robert Ferrigno, author of
    the bestselling Horse Latitudes,
    The Wake-Up and Prayers for the Assassin
  • Mary Otis, author of Yes, Yes, Cherries
  • Jane Smiley, Pulitzer
    Prize-winning author of A Thousand
    and Ten Days in the
  • Arthur Phillips, National
    Book Award winner and author of Prague, The
    , and Angelica

Go for it!  You can find the contest here.