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The 2012 Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Short Story Title

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, and to be honest, not fortune either, but it can win you a Meager Puddle of Limelight Award and a free copy of my book, Fur-Face, as well as a couple of I are a writer! pens, as shown in the pic below.


How can I enter?
If you'd like to take part, you can submit up to three short story titles. They can be from finished stories or WIPs of any length, 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 (or email: jon@acatofninetales.com) under the heading: 2012 PUDDLE FOR BEST SHORT STORY TITLE. I'll screen all comments when the contest submission period closes. Be sure to check your spelling because your entry will be cut & pasted into the poll.

What do I win?
Aside from a signed copy of Fur-Face and the I are a writer! pens, winners get to bask in the meager puddle of limelight which my journal can provide. I'll post an interview with the top three finalists here on An Englishman in New Jersey. In addition, the overall winner gets the opportunity to do a guest blog here if he/she wishes.


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

Do you plan to enter your own stuff, Jon?

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 2012 Meager Puddle of Limelight Awards for Best Short Story Title, please submit your entries by noon (US/Eastern time), on Sunday, April 29th, 2012.

ETA: Entry doors are closed, comments have been screened until after the winner is announced. Good luck to everyone taking part :)

Links to the other Heats and the final:
Heat one
Heat two
Heat three

Heat four
Heat five

Heat six
Heat seven
Heat eight
Heat nine

Final Round


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.

Good luck to all who take part, or as previous entrants like to say:

Vene, vidi, puddli!



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msstacy13
Apr. 18th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Just to make it a sporting proposition...
  1. Letting Each Tomorrow Slap Us in the Face
  2. When the Light Was on
  3. April, 1945
jongibbs
Apr. 18th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking part, Stacy :)
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authorwithin
Apr. 18th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Here are my entries:

Death's Cold Kiss

Cat R. Wall's Tail

Smelly Situation
jongibbs
Apr. 18th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Didn't Snooki already write that last one? ;)
darkspires
Apr. 18th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
I just sent you an email with mine.
jongibbs
Apr. 18th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Got it. Best of luck, Elizabeth :)
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knittingknots
Apr. 18th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
Steam Rises

Reminders in Shades of Red and Blue

Little Pitchers, Big Ears, and Good Noses
jongibbs
Apr. 18th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
I especially like that last one.

Good luck, Sue :)
mutive
Apr. 18th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'll throw in one just for the heck of it...

The Gloryus Adventures of King Bryant, Sekrit Genius!
jongibbs
Apr. 18th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
Good luck :)
tia_junan
Apr. 18th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)

The Beard Plucker's Lament
Step Lightly, Clydesdale
All Cats Are Communists
Requiem for an Undying Love
jongibbs
Apr. 18th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Hi Ki,

Thanks for taking part. Unfortunately, there's a limit of three titles per contest. Which one do you want to withdraw?

Jon
doggiedynasty
Apr. 18th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
- United We Soar
- Stalwart Silver
- The Demon Drowns in the River
jongibbs
Apr. 18th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
I especially like the second one. Good luck :)
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realthog
Apr. 18th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)

"A Different Sort of Dead"

My second McBain homage after the already published The City in These Pages, this one's currently on offer to a mag that I rather think may have died. Submissions from me tend to have that effect . . .
jongibbs
Apr. 18th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Good one.

Thanks for taking part :)
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year_anda_day
Apr. 18th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
A Price to Play

which can be found here if anyone would like to read- it's a story about a musician, a bartender, and Storyville New Orleans in the jazz era.

Edited at 2012-04-19 03:31 am (UTC)
jongibbs
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
Good luck, Laura :)
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silverwerecat
Apr. 19th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
My Editor-on-lap (see icon) has selected these:

- What the Carp Saw (and Couldn't Tell While still Alive)

- They Came Bearing Dangerous Gifts

- Grey Silk, Times Nine

Thank you for doing this again, Jon!
jongibbs
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
Your laptop editor has a discerning eye :)
Ryffnah
Apr. 19th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
This is a neat contest. I'd like to throw my hat into the ring with the following titles:

"Hot Chocolate for the Unicorn"
"The Necromouser"
"We Can Remember It For You Retail"

-Mary E. Lowd
www.marylowd.com
@Ryffnah on Twitter
jongibbs
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
Best of luck to you, Mary :)
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sneezepuff
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Cool beans. Here's my two cents (or I suppose three):</p>

~ Consumption
~ The Misadventures of Abigail Addy
~ Journey's End

jongibbs
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:29 am (UTC)
Good ones. Good luck, Kelsey :)
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snapes_angel
Apr. 19th, 2012 06:44 am (UTC)
The Lawnmower That Ate Manhattan (appeared in the fanzine NIEKAS, finally, but garnered a couple of rejection slips along the way).

Swain's World (appeared in the first issue of a "for the love" market, The Cosmic Unicorn, 1993;; current status is as The Behemoth, i.e., the working title of th series that has sort of grown beyond my control, and which I'm trying to beat back into submission with pen, pencil, paper, crayon, keyboard, index cards, outlines, synopses, bribery.....)
jongibbs
Apr. 19th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
Best of luck to you, Elizabeth :)
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pgiunta
Apr. 19th, 2012 07:35 am (UTC)
This contest is timely since I'm now collaborating with five other writers to produce a short story collection for Firebringer Press due out in mid to late 2013. Each writer is encouraged to submit up to three stories for it.


So here are the three I'm working on for the project:


Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity

Don't Go Fussin' Over Me

Water to Share



Edited at 2012-04-19 11:36 am (UTC)
jongibbs
Apr. 19th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
Good luck with the contest and the anthology :)
black_faery
Apr. 19th, 2012 07:56 am (UTC)
"To be considered for the 2012 Meager Puddle of Limelight Awards for Best Opening Line, please submit your entries by noon (US/Eastern time), on Sunday, April 29th, 2012." ??? Might need a quick edit there, Jon! ;-)

My entry (there may be more, but this is my WIP):

The Fires Of November
jongibbs
Apr. 19th, 2012 11:01 am (UTC)
Re: Might need a quick edit there
Why?
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