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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. 15th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
After much deliberation, my three entries:

1. The Second Life of Bartholomew T. Lion
2. The Wishing Tree
3. Norma the Wal-Mart Greeter Meets the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

In the interests of full disclosure, #1 is a work in progress, and there's a good chance it might wind up being more like a novelette or novella in length, but right now I'm just thinking of it as a long short story. If that doesn't work, though, I can submit a replacement entry. :)
Feb. 16th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC)
I really like that second one.

Thanks for taking part, Renee :)
Feb. 15th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
My entries are...
Hi Jon. Some great titles here!! My three entries are:
Hollow Hearts (published)
Friday the Thirteenth (published)
The Vampire's Touch (just about to be submitted)

I write paranormal romance.
Have a great day!
Feb. 16th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
Re: My entries are...
Best of luck to you, Mickey :)
Feb. 16th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
I have two titles for you, you may have seen them around my LJ before:

the Tale of the Lecherous Lawyer and the Nun with the Gun


"I love people, but the feeling isn't mutual."
Feb. 16th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
They're both good. I'd have a hard time choosing between them.

Best of luck, Ellen :)
Feb. 16th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Hmm - book titles are really the most difficult thing to come up with. I've been going with Spark of Ember and Frail Hearts...
Feb. 16th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
These are both short story titles, right, Kat?
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Walter Giersbach
Feb. 16th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Story Titles from the Lower East Side
Here are three from my collection of short stories, "Cruising the Green of Second Avenue." (All are published, Wild Child Publishing.):
> "The Hostage Release Gang Cheats Death"
> Straight Charlie and the Really Normal Woman"
> The Man Who Put the Sin in Cynic"
Feb. 17th, 2011 10:12 am (UTC)
Re: Story Titles from the Lower East Side
Good ones. Best of luck, Walt.

Thanks for taking part :)
Feb. 18th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
Here are my entries, Jon:

"The Toilet Gnomes Are Angry"
"A Recipe for Rain and Rainbows"
"Red Dust and Dancing Horses"
Feb. 20th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Good luck, Beth :)
Feb. 19th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Short Story Title
Only have one to share:
Beyond the Veil
Thanks, Jon.

Feb. 20th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Short Story Title
Thanks for taking part, Maria.

Good luck :)
Deena Remiel
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
Here's my "meager" offering
Freedom in Chains

Deena Remiel
Feb. 20th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Here's my "meager" offering
Nice one, Deena.

Good luck in the contest :)
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Feb. 20th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Best of luck, Mark :)
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