Sunday, May 30, 2010

106 Followers Contest

Why 106? Because that's the number of followers I have today.

The Rules:

I hate rules. Therefore, mine are simple.

1. Blog about it. Why? Advertising rocks. Anything extra you'd like to do is appreciated mucho.

2. Be a follower. Why? It's the polite thing to do.

3. Short story, roughly 500 words. Why roughly? Because I won't disqualify for over or under, so long as it's a complete story. I'd enjoy it if it's 1000. I'd be disappointed if it's 100. It can be any genre. I'd prefer funny or incredibly tragic. I'm like that.

4. Email it to because I want to consider them privately, not as posts. If you want to post on your blog, that's cool, but still email me.

5. The deadline is June 15th. Why? Because it's an anniversary of sorts for me so an easy day for me to remember. ***This has been changed to July 4th!

The prizes, you ask? Capitalism rears its head. This is also simple. It's up to you.

1st Prize: $40.00
2nd Prize: $30.00
3rd Prize: $20.00
4th Prize: $10.00
Honorable Mention: $6.00.

Why? Because it's the 106 followers contest, so I'm giving out $106.00. I'm not foolish enough to send cash in the mail, so these will be in the form of gift certificates to anything you choose. Bookstores, Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart, Taco Bell, I don't care, so long as it's a chain store I can find in Texas or one with a website I can order from.

Also, all contestants will have my undying devotion. I will prove this in a meager offer of editorial assistance. Have a query letter? A partial? Some sort of vague idea and lack direction? All contestants will receive honest feedback, if they wish. I'm no professional, and it won't hurt my feelings if you're not interested. Just bear in mind that I might not be timely if I have dozens to go through, but I will get through them all.

So, good luck, blogger friends of mine. I look forward to reading your work!

*****Whoops on the math. I fixed it.


Anne Gallagher said...

Short story eh? Well, we'll just have to see about that.

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like fun! :) Congrats on the 106!

Anonymous said...

You know..I have several manuscripts (unfinshed) that I could send your way so I could score a juicy gift cert. But I wouldn't do that. Short story it is. And there will be tragic happenings and people will be laughing at it all through out the story. It will be my best work EVA!

Christi Goddard said...

Anne - No pressure. I'd just be tickled to have people participate. I've never done a contest before.

Jemi - Thanks. It sort of snuck up on me.

OfficeGirl - Hit me with your best shot, sista!

Mia Hayson said...

Ooooh! Count me in! 500 words of storyness it is :D

Christine Danek said...

Congrats on 106. I'm not sure I will get a story finished. So if I don't --I'm sorry but I will advertise for you. For nothin' :)
Just cause your awesome.

Unknown said...

Yay, sounds like a fun contest! Congrats on all those followers :D

Christi Goddard said...

Mia - rock on.

Christine - You're the bomb. I hope you have time, though. I'd love to read more of your writing.

Steph - I hope it will be. Thanks. :-)

Susan Fields said...

Wow, what a generous offer with the feedback (and prizes, too!) I'm not much of a short story writer, but I'll think on it and see what I can come up with. I'll add your contest to my sidebar either way. Congrats on 106!

Christi Goddard said...

Susan - Thanks a bunch. I hope you come up with something. I'd love to read your work.

Anonymous said...

I do have shorts I can send, and after all, June 15th is my birthday! I'm just wondering if you have a maximum word count??
I'll link your contest up to my side bar by the end of today. Congratulations on the 106 plus followers too.

Shelley Sly said...

Congrats on the 106 followers! And what a creative contest! I don't have much time to write a short story right now, but I do wish good luck to everyone who enters!

Christi Goddard said...

Lynn - I don't have a maximum, nope. Granted, I don't want a full MS, but so long as it's a short story that won't take hours to read, the word count is open.

Shelley - Thanks, chickadee.

Talli Roland said...

I don't have time to write a short story right now but I wish everyone else good luck!

Unspoken said...

I am out of words currently. I must think on it. Fun idea though!

sarahjayne smythe said...

Congrats on the followers. I'm pretty sure I don't have a short story in me at this time, but it's a cool idea for a contest.

Sarah Ahiers said...

oooh fun!
I hope i have time to write something up!

Unknown said...

Christi! This is a great contest -- your humor had me cracking up from "Why 106? 'Cause that's how many followers I have today. Love that!

Ummmmm...a short story...500-ish words...let me peek through my portfolio and see what I have...or maybe I'll pen something new.

Stay tuned... ;)

JE said...

Awesome! Now I am going to have to come up with a short story...hmmm...better get to thinkin!


Hannah said...

I can't write funny but I can definitely do tragic. I'm in!!

Nishant said...
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Tamara Narayan said...

Hi Christi,

I have a dark and disturbed short story around 700 words that I can send.

Happy 106+ followers.

Aimée Jodoin said...

ummmmm... how would you feel about a 2600 word short story?

Christi Goddard said...

Aimee - If you wish, go right ahead. I'm game.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

A two page short story? What a challenge for a word-loving guy like me. I'll take it. Thanks, Christi, for the award. Roland

JE said...

Oh! Thank goodness you changed the date. Here I was freaking out at the last hour wondering how to write a short story by the end of the night. ;-)


Kirthi said...

Wow, thanks so much for this amazing contest! Congrats on 118 and more! :D
Thank goodness for changing the date, hehe, I have more time!

Delia Moran said...

Sounds like fun. I may just give it a shot. Congrats on your huge following. :)

laughingwolf said...

hm i should be able to add something ;)

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Christi, you are so sweet for doing this! Thank you for extending the date. I'll send you my short story in a bit! ;) Congrats on your following!

Have a great weekend! :)

prashant said...

sounds like a fun contest
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Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

I DID see this before and wondered where I'd read it. I think Roland may've posted a link a while back.

I'm under deadline on my ms, but that's to make 22,000 words by June 30th. So, four days to write a short story, yes, can do. I owe one to a loved one I recently lost and got the bones for it after reading your rules earlier.

I'm in, thanks! Olivia

Ivy Bliss said...

I'll bite. I have a monolougue I wrote in college that I've been trying to get motivated to do something with. This may just be it. Thanks!

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Just emailed my entry to you. Hope you like it!


Denise Covey said...

I heard about this too late, like today! Sorry I missed it. Hope you got to read some great stories. Congratulations on your comp..:)

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