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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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