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Contest Alert! Contest Alert!

It's that time of year again. What time, you ask? The time when lesleysays & I host our annual writing contest. We're going to be making more announcements (as soon as we figure out what we're doing and what kind of loot we're giving away), so please stay tuned!

And with that, Les Trois Graces and Tuesday Night Chatters proudly present:

2nd Annual CYD Challenge!!

  1. Contest is open to any writer at any stage (first-timer, agented-but-not-yet-published, or published authors; also hobbyists, etc.) to encourage the completion of a draft or writing project.
  2. Contest is open internationally.
  3. Contest officially begins September 1, 2010 and will end at 23:59 (your local time as time-stamped by your e-mail provider) September 30, 2010.
  4. Contest requires a .txt document be sent to LTGcontests [at] gmail [dot] com for word count confirmation. Once counted, the document will be deleted. This will be done twice. Once when you sign up and again on September 30th. If your starting word count is 0, just send an e-mail with that number. ;)
  5. To be included, please leave a comment on this post (let me know where you heard about our contest). Send your .txt document to the address above before September 1st.
  6. Those who sign up as novelists must write at least 25k new words, which is half of what NaNoWriMo requires in a month. Those that sign up as poets must write at least 1k new words. Please feel free to contact me, as this is open to discussion based on your project!
  7. Please check in every week. A post will be up on Wednesdays. This might show up on Thursdays for you if you're not in the USA. (We love our international friends!)
  8. If you'd like to check in (or more like, commiserate) on a daily basis, we're going to set up a thread on Verla Kay's board (aka: The Blue Boards). We'll post the link soon.

* These are totally more like "guidelines" than rules.

Prizes** (aka: The Good Stuff)
  1. Prizes will be awarded no later than October 15, 2010 (Half-way to Halloween!).
  2. Prizes include†:
    • A $15 iTunes gift card
    • A $25 Hot Topic gift card
    • An ARC of The Blonde of the Joke by Bennett Madison
    • An ARC of Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    • An ARC of GEEKTASTIC: Stories from the Nerd Herd ed by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
    • An ARC of Breathless by Jessica Warman
    • An ARC of Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
    • A copy of Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald
    • A copy of Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
    • A signed book plate from author Stephanie Kuehnert (writerstephanie)
    • A copy of Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
    • A copy of Beautiful by Amy Reed
    • A copy of Night World by LJ Smith
    • A copy of Night World: the Ultimate Fan Guide
    • A signed copy of Harmonic Feedback donated by author Tara Kelly (authortarakelly)
    • A signed copy of Sugar and Ice donated by author Kate Messner (kmessner)
    • A signed F&G (an ARC for picture books) donated by author/illustrator Wendy Martin (lyon_martin)
    • A signed copy of Crossed Out donated by author Kim Baccellia (kbaccellia)
    • A signed copy of The Unwritten Rule donated by author Elizabeth Scott
    • A signed copy of Silver Phoenix donated by author Cindy Pon (cindy_pon)
    • A signed copy of Tips on Having a Gay Ex-Boyfriend donated by author Carrie Jones (carriejones)
    • A signed copy of Need donated by author Carrie Jones (carriejones)
    • A signed special edition of Newbery Award Winning Savvy donated by author Ingrid Law.
    • A tie-in gift to The Replacement donated by author Brenna Yovanoff (brennayovanoff)
    • A signed copy of Shadowed Summer and a tie-in gift to The Vespertine donated by author Saundra Mitchell (anywherebeyond)
    • A signed copy of Jekel Loves Hyde donated by author Beth Fantaskey
    • A signed copy of A Walk Through a Window & the sequel! Facing Fire donated by author KC Dyer
    • A second signed copy of A Walk Through a Window donated by author KC Dyer
    • A signed copy of Don't Die Dragonfly donated by author LJ Singleton (lindajsingleton)
    • A surprise gift bag from Egmont USA courtesy of publisher Elizabeth Law (@EgmontGal)
    • A pre-ordered copy of XVI donated by author Julia Karr (juliakarr)
    • A signed copy of It's Raining Cupcakes donated by author Lisa Schroeder (lisa_schroeder)
    • A signed copy of Lovestruck Summer donated by author Melissa Walker
    • A signed copy of Kiss Me Deadly donated by contributing author Karen Mahoney (kaz_mahoney)
    • A signed copy of Servant of the Underworld & matching bookmark donated by author Aliette de Bodard
    • A signed book (still getting details on which one) donated by author Lauren Oliver
    • A signed copy of 'Oh. My. Gods.' donated by author Tera Lynn Childs
    • A signed copy of 'Goddess Boot Camp' donated by author Tera Lynn Childs
    • Signed bookmarks and/or bookplates donated by author Lauren Oliver
    • A copy of Other donated by Flux and author karenkincy

  3. Those who reach their goal will be entered into a random drawing for the above prizes.
  4. Challenge winners will be announced no later than October 4, 2010.


We are so thankful that you're going to donate to our contest! We'll be sending out e-mails with more information and details. Please check your Spam box just in case we end up there. ;) If you're an author who would like to donate a prize, please contact us at: LTGcontests [at] gmail [dot] com.

** Contest organizer is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. Prizes will be sent by e-mail or ground mail, depending on item. Neither signing up, nor completing a draft will guarantee that a prize will be awarded. (But, I'll let you in on a little sekrit: we're both working hard for prize donations!)
† Contest organizer is still waiting to hear about other donations. Please check back throughout the month for details!

  1. Points will be awarded for the following:
    • Spreading the word on your blog, discussion board, twitter, or website. If you use twitter, please use the hashtag: #cyd2010
    • Getting a friend to sign up and successfully completing their draft.
    • Donating a prize.
    • Friending lesleysays and me.
    • Following us on twitter. @lesleywyrites / @annemariewrites

  2. Points can be traded in for words if draft is not completed by September 30th.
  3. One point will be awarded per 1k completed.
  4. One point will be awarded for any comment left on my Saturday Shorts from today forward. Past comments will not count. Sorry lesleysays. (Even if you say you didn't like it! I adore feedback of all kinds!)

Have fun! Write, write, write! Good luck. :D

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Aug. 6th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Yay ... I'm the first sign up! Can't wait till September!
Aug. 8th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
I HOPE you're signing up. I can't do it without you.
Aug. 6th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
2nd to join (I think?) Look at all those prizes, I think this would be a great motivator also, haha.
Aug. 8th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Excellent! We're happy to have you.
(no subject) - annemariewrites - Aug. 31st, 2010 01:39 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 6th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh, sign me up too!
Aug. 8th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
YAY! We can all commiserate together.
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Aug. 8th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for joining!
Aug. 10th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Sounds really cool. Please count me in. I have a couple WIP's that seem to be going no where - and at times - everywhere. This may help me stay focused on just one.

Aug. 11th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
We're here to help you focus! Happy to have you join us. :D
Aug. 10th, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
Perfect timing!
I have 1/3rd of a WIP that I was planning to finish in September anyway, so yay!
This will be great!
Aug. 11th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Re: Perfect timing!
Hi! We're very happy to have you, but ... who are you? If you don't have an LJ, blog, twitter, whatever, that's fine. What's your first name? That way we can add you to our participant list. :D
Aug. 10th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
I'm in too!
Kiperoo here, hopping over from Verla's - soooo excited about this!

I'll set up a thread to track my progress on my blog:

Aug. 11th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Re: I'm in too!
We're excited too! :D :D Thanks for signing up.
Aug. 10th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
I want in! But I blog at http://mclicious.wordpress.com, not livejournal. I was just going to start outlining this WIP anyway, so now I have the motivation to finish an outline by August 30 so that I can start writing again for the challenge!
Aug. 10th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Also, I hope you mean that the prizes will be awarded this coming October, not last year! :-p
(no subject) - annemariewrites - Aug. 11th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - caramelsapphire - Aug. 11th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 11th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Oooo! This might be the push I need to make headway on my first novel effort. Sign me up!

I don't have an LJ account, but here's my info: jennifer(dot)clark(dot)estes at gmail.com and onemomsworld.wordpress.com

I saw this thread over at the BBs (where else??) and am uber-excited!

aka JennaWren
Aug. 11th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
YAY! You definitely do NOT have to have an LJ to join. Welcome to our challenge :D
Aug. 11th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
great timing!
This is just what I need! Kids in school + writing contest + motivation = I might just get that novel done! Rebecca here from the BB's
Aug. 11th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
Re: great timing!
Kids in school = always a good idea to write a book! ;) Glad you found us.
Aug. 11th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Okay, Okay .. I'm in. Ow! Quit twisting my arm, Lesley!
Aug. 11th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
I am a good arm twister :D
(no subject) - annemariewrites - Aug. 12th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 11th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Hi. (It's Wendy Martin if you want to add my LJ name to the prize list) I know I said I couldn't do it because I was going to be on book tour, but I really need to finish my WIP. It's killing me not knowing how it ends!

It's a MG novel and is at 16k right now. Another 25k might be a bit long. What do you think?

So count me in.
Aug. 11th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
PS. I posted your announcement on my blog http://wendymartinillustration.com/wordpress , too. (It cross posts here, on Facebook and Twitter.)
(no subject) - annemariewrites - Aug. 12th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - lyon_martin - Aug. 12th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 11th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
This is just what I need to finish my WIP! Cool contest! I'll send my .txt file soon.
Aug. 12th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
We're happy to help. Thanks for joining!
Aug. 13th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
This is just what I need to finish my WIP and get it ready to submit. Thanks!
Aug. 14th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
YAY! We're glad you joined us.
Aug. 13th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
Woo! I'm in!

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/lchardesty/status/21071881724

I follow both of you on twitter, and I'm friending on LJ now.

I'll send the document soon...
Aug. 14th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
YAY! Welcome aboard. :D

*tallying up points already* Good work, comrade!
Aug. 14th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Sign me up
I need something that will make me finish my draft!

Posted the announcement on my blog
Aug. 14th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Re: Sign me up
Then you've come to the right place! Thanks for spreading the word. :D
Aug. 14th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
I'm in! I'm already almost 10,000 words into a new YA and plan to add more as September 1 approaches, so I'll send in my entry on August 30.

Thanks for hosting this!
Aug. 14th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
Great! Thanks for joining. We look forward to motivating you in September. :D
Aug. 14th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
Okay - not only am I donating a prize (listed above, thank you for asking me!) but, I need to finish my WIP, so count me in!
Aug. 14th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Excellent news! We're happy to have you. :D :D
Aug. 14th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'm in. It comes at a better time of the year for me than NaNo and I have WIP in mind
Aug. 14th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
The really good thing about NaNo is that you have a four-day weekend to use to your advantage. If, you know, you don't have to do the travel/family/cooking combo. ;)

Good luck!
Aug. 14th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
May have snagged another one
May have snagged someone else from my blog. Considering I only have three followers and two are writers. Well I think that's pretty dern good. :)
Aug. 14th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Re: May have snagged another one
That's excellent!! The more the merrier. :D
Aug. 17th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
sign me up for the contest! My name is Michelle Julian and my email is mcastrofilippo@yahoo.com
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Sweet! Thanks for joining us. We look forward to an eventful September!!
Aug. 17th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Wowie, this looks awesome. I'm joining :)
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
You're in! :D
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
I got here from Kaz's summer camp. Okay, I could use the kick-in-the-, um... I mean motivation during September, but it's unlikely that I'll finish my WIP by Sept 30th or even get 25,000 new words. My average is around 350 words a day. Good thing there's other things I can do. Thanks for setting it up so a turtle writer can play.
Aug. 18th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
The main goal of our contest is to motivate writers to write. As long as you're writing, we're happy to help motivate you. :D
Aug. 18th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
And here I thought I already missed the contest when i went POOF for a few months - YAY motivational kick in the ass ;)

Aug. 18th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
WELCOME BACK!! We'll be happy to kick your ass. >:D
Aug. 20th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm in! I've just started a rewrite with major structural changes. I definitely need company!
Aug. 22nd, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
Ahoy, structural changes! Thanks for signing up.
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