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What's this about?
Everyone knows a great title is an excellent way to pull someone into a story, but now it can bring you fame and fortune too!

Okay, maybe not 'fame' exactly (and to be honest, not fortune either), but it can win you a Meager Puddle of Limelight Award as well as an I are a writer! mug/Fur-Face CD combo. 


How can I enter?
It's easy peasy. You can submit up to three short story (including flash fiction*) titles. They can be from finished stories or WiPs, but please note: they must be your own work. Put your entries in a comment below or send them to me within a separate message under the heading: 2010 PUDDLE FOR BEST SHORT STORY TITLE. I'll screen all comments when the contest submission period closes on Sunday, February 20th.

*Please note: I've combined the 'Best Short Story Title' & Best Flash Fiction Title Awards this year

What do I win?
well, aside from the mug and CD, winners get to bask in the meager puddle of limelight which my journal can provide. I'll post an interview with the top two finalists here on An Englishman in New Jersey. In addition, the winner gets the opportunity to do a guest blog here if they want.

I don’t have a Live Journal account. Can I still enter?
Sure, but you’ll need an LJ account to vote for anything. And if you enter by anonymous comment, don't forget to leave your name and website/email address so I can contact you if needed.

Do you plan to enter your own stuff, Jon?
Sadly, no. I've excluded myself from the competition.

How will the winner be selected?
As with
last year's contest, entries will be voted on by your LJ peers in secret ballots. I'll explain the process in more detail later.

What’s the closing date for entries?

To be considered for the 2011 Meager Puddle of Limelight Awards for ‘Best Short Story Title’ please submit your entries by 3:00pm on Sunday, February 20th (US/Eastern time).

ETA: The entry doors are now closed. I've screened everyone's comments until after the contest ends. Round one coming soon :)

Sure, the Puddles may not be as prestigious as a Hugo or the like, but any award voted for by your peers is one worth having. Besides, just like those shiny diamonds people like to sing about, bragging rights are forever.

Voting has started:

Round one
Round two
Round three
Round four

Round five
Round seven

Good luck to all who take part, or as previous contestants might say:

Vene, vidi, puddli!   



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Feb. 14th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Well, you know, I'm not given to much bragging,
I already have a mug and the CD Rom,
and I still haven't gotten my foot out of my mouth since that last interview/guest post,
but to ensure that the competition is competetive,
so that the winner feels as if they've met a challenge and risen to it,
I'll enter...
  1. Together, We Can Find a Brighter Way
  2. The Night Is a Starry Dome.
  3. Do Not Drink the Handrub
Feb. 14th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
That last one would make a great song title too :)
Feb. 14th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Now this is something I can compete in.

1)Of Cake, Birds, and the December Blues
2)The Taste of Irony
3)What Adam Told Eve
Feb. 14th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
I particularly like that last one.
Best of luck in the competition :)
Michael A Ventrella
Feb. 14th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Here's a pirate short story that will be published in a collection later this year:

"Get Kraken!"
Feb. 14th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Lol, excellent!

Thanks for taking part, Mike :)
(no subject) - msstacy13 - Feb. 14th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Brown Cat Blues
(a work-in-progress fantasy short)
Feb. 14th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Another title that would work just as well for a song.

Best of luck, Vaughan :)
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Feb. 14th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: CooL!
Hi Jen,

Best of luck, and thanks for taking part :)
Feb. 14th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
I so have to enter this.

1) The Man who Saw through Time
2) Snow White Skin
3) A Day in the (After)Life of St. Peter

My twitter handle is @blanchardauthor
Feb. 14th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Nice!
I like that first one!

Thanks for taking part. Best of luck to you :)
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Feb. 14th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Lol, Good one. Best of luck, Irene :)
Feb. 14th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
Hi Jon, here's my enter
Two Men a Sliced Pan and a Pond Full of Ducks
Feb. 14th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi Jon, here's my enter

You didn't leave your name and email address :(
Re: Hi Jon, here's my entery - PolFreeman - Feb. 14th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Hi Jon, here's my entery - jongibbs - Feb. 14th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Hi Jon, here's my enter - msstacy13 - Feb. 14th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
My little efforts.

The whipering of stone lips.
The warlock's way.
Out of place, out of land.
Feb. 14th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
Hi Elizabeth,

Should that first one be 'whispering'?
(no subject) - darkspires - Feb. 15th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jongibbs - Feb. 15th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Here are my entries:

The Return of Calliope Star
Raven Song
Dark Cave
Feb. 15th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
I like that second one, Joan.

Best of luck :)
Feb. 15th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
Moped to Hell. Short story I wrote a while back.
Feb. 15th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for taking part, Julie :)
(no subject) - phoenixfirewolf - Feb. 15th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 15th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
"The Root of All Evil" (original fic, not published).
"Gift and Burden" (fanfic)

Both of these are short stories.
Feb. 15th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Best of luck, Mary :)
Feb. 15th, 2011 05:38 am (UTC)
I'll enter!
This year, my favorite titles all name Torn World stories:

Dance to Fend Off the Sky

We Shape Our Lives Like Clay

Monster Teeth and Art Glass

For the curious, all three of these stories are over at www.tornworld.net.
Feb. 15th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
Re: I'll enter!
Best of luck, Deirdre :)
Feb. 15th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
Ooh, cool!

Mister Kitten, my Editor-on-lap, has selected the following titles for this year:

1. Queen of Frogs and Mollusks
2. On the Night of Counting the Years
3. The Value of a Fourfold Soul

And thanks again, Jon!
Feb. 15th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
Your editor has good title taste :)
(no subject) - silverwerecat - Feb. 17th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 15th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
Hey Jon, long-time reader, first-time entererer. Enterer? Here's mine.

1) A Few Degrees Off the Shoulder of Judas
2) Ape Men of the Iron Curtain
3) The Girl Who Smelled of Ashes and Rose
Feb. 16th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
Thanks for taking part, Clint.

Good luck :)
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