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Forget those end-of-Summer blues! The Meager Puddle of Limelight Awards – aka ‘The Puddles’ – will be up for grabs in the coming months.


I love reading about people's current WIPs, empathizing with their frustrations and sharing their joy when things go well.  There's an ocean of talent here on the worldwide web.  Much of it doesn't get the recognition it deserves. 


With that in mind, I want to give people a chance to bathe in the spotlight - or at least get their socks damp in the puddle of limelight - I can provide for them here on my blog. 

Winners will be selected in a bunch of categories including: Best Book Title; Best Novella or Short Story Title; Best Flash Fiction Title; Best Opening Line; Best Flash Fiction Online; Best Book Trailer; Best Blog posts; Best Website and many others. Entries will be voted on by LJ users.

We’ll begin with the Puddles for the ‘Best Title’ categories. 


Here’s how it works:

If you want to enter, all you have to do is post a comment (or if you prefer, send me a private message) with your best book, novella or story titles. Please note: no more than five entries in total per person. Don’t forget to tell me the relevant genre for each title and whether it’s for a book, short story or flash fiction (1,000 words or less). 


I’ll collate them all and put them up for people to vote on during the first half of September. 


Remember, it’s the title, not the story itself which folks will vote on.


Artists Wanted 

If any of my talented artist friends would care to create an avatar for the Puddles, we could have an award for artwork too.


What do I get if I win?

Should your title be voted the winner, I’ll post an interview with you here, where you can pimp your work/website/blog and generally bask in the glory of your victory.


Do you plan to enter your own stuff, Jon?

No. As I’m sure you’d agree, with titles like the one for my novel, Dracula vs the Daleks; or my latest flash fiction, An Interesting Story About Some Interesting Things Which Happened to Some Interesting People in Some Interesting Places; and the semi-autobiographical Life With My Old Gran – No Picnic and That’s A Fact, I’d be a shoe-in for the awards, but to avoid any question of foul play I’ve excluded myself from the ballot.


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.


How will the voting work?

Voting will take place in the form of a poll. I’ll explain things in more detail when I post the entries.


Does it have to be a completed novel or story? 

It can be a WIP, but you’ve got to have at least made a start on it.


Do I have to have written it?

Absolutely, please don’t submit a title unless it’s from your own work.


What’s the closing date for entries?

To be considered for one of the 2009 Meager Puddle of Limelight Awards for ‘Best Title’ please submit your entries by 11:59pm, Monday, August 31st (US/Eastern time).

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.


The 2009 Puddle Awards for the ‘Best Title’ categories are now open.


Good luck to all who take part.  

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Aug. 22nd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Good one :)
Aug. 22nd, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Demonhead. (novel, postapocalyptic urban fantasy, finished in third first draft.)

(as in, I wrote the darn thing fresh three times.)
Aug. 22nd, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
'...as in, I wrote the darn thing fresh three times...'

Hehe, I know how that feels :)
(no subject) - black_faery - Aug. 22nd, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 22nd, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Fun idea, John!

Mine are all short stories, all complete.

"Great Hairy Boats" - Fantasy, originally published in Jupiter SF.

"Interplanetary Bicycles and the One Back Home" - Science fiction, forthcoming in M-Brane #8

"An Elephant of a Different Color" - Science fiction, not yet published.

"Reflections in a Fogged Mirror" - Mainstream, not yet published.

"War and Peace Pipes" - Fantasy, not yet published.
Aug. 22nd, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
You can never have too much fun ;)

Thanks for taking part :)
(no subject) - bondo_ba - Aug. 22nd, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 22nd, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Are you kidding? These are great!

Thanks for taking part. It should be fun :)
Aug. 22nd, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
This sounds a really fun competition, but all my titles suck. Unless I can come up with a good title for my new WIP within the next few days.
I know I'll enjoy seeing other peoples entries! *g*
Aug. 22nd, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Maybe you just think they suck. Why not put a couple of them to the test? ;)
(no subject) - ailsa_cf - Aug. 23rd, 2009 09:36 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jongibbs - Aug. 23rd, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jongibbs - Aug. 26th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - ailsa_cf - Aug. 27th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 22nd, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
Excellent idea! :-D

"Lost Days" - Post-A novel WIP

"One For Sorrow" - Horror / dark fantasy short story

"City of Shadows" - Urban Fantasy novel WIP

"In The Blood" - dark fantasy short story

"Bones And Skin" - a.k.a. The Amusingly Gory Cannibal Story, black comedy short story

Aug. 22nd, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Yay! More entries :)
Aug. 22nd, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
"Many Men Have Been to Mars, but Very Few Will Touch Uranus" - Short Story, science fiction, unfinished

"Dead May" - Short story, fantasy, unpublished

"Hidalgo Vile and his Damn Monkeys" - Flash, science fiction, unpublished

"The Creation of God" - Flash, fantasy, published in BURST
Aug. 22nd, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
So many good titles already. I predict some stiff competition.

Thanks for taking part :)
(no subject) - cathschaffstump - Aug. 23rd, 2009 12:04 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - ckastens - Aug. 23rd, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 22nd, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
OK, I'll play. I generally don't like my titles, but these are the ones I like best.

"Cold Comfort" -- near future science fiction short story

TURNABOUT -- YA science fiction novel

BAG OF TRICKS -- YA fantasy novel

ALIEN BONDS -- science fiction novel (very NOT YA)

Aug. 22nd, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Excellent :)
Aug. 22nd, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Gads! Not even one of my titles comes close to any of these. But I'll be voting!
Aug. 22nd, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
I don't believe that for a moment, but any way you want to participate is fine with me :)
(no subject) - bogwitch64 - Aug. 22nd, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 22nd, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Cate Gardner aka catephoenix is the undoubted mistress of the perfect title IMO.
Aug. 23rd, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Lol. Them's fightin' words, mister :)
(no subject) - mylefteye - Aug. 23rd, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jongibbs - Aug. 23rd, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 23rd, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
You rock, John! I'd be honored to enter.

The Substance of Shadows: Completed novel about a family of demon binders.

The Love Song of Oliver Toddle: A short story about a gnome and his true love.

The Winter the Troll Danced with Old Nick: In progress novel about trolls and frost elves in Decorah, Iowa.

Mark Twain's Daughter: Short story about the last days of Suzy Clemens as she dies from meningitis.

The Initiation Rites and Incantations of the Vampire Killers' Junior Auxiliary: Junior high vampire hunters take on a fiend of the night who lives at the YMCA. Published in Drops of Crimson.

That's what I got.

Aug. 23rd, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
The troll story title revealed!
(no subject) - jongibbs - Aug. 23rd, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 23rd, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
Barillia Underground
(novel, YA science fiction adventure, 1 of 6, I have three of the others at first draft stage, all 6 working titles, the final line of book 6 written, and the series working title is The Fosterling Chromicles)

Letters to Santa ~ a little bit of magic
(novel, YA contemporary/chick lit was short-listed in the Voices on the Coast competition)

Child of the Ether
(short story, paranormal romance)

(novel, sci fi space opera/paranormal)

(novel, mythology based science fiction)
Aug. 23rd, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking part :)
Aug. 23rd, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Why not.:)

Fantasy trilogy (first book is complete and being revised:
Echoes of Truth
Mists of Memory*
Shades of Myth

Series title is tentatively called "Cycle or Truth, Memory, and Myth" though I'm actively seeking a better one.

Next WiP:
The Condottiere - Historical fantasy set in Renaissance Italy

(*At one time, book two was Shards of Memory, but my brother pointed out that in the age of Internet discussion short hand, I couldn't have two SoM's in my series. lol)

Edited at 2009-08-23 04:07 pm (UTC)
Aug. 23rd, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
The competition's heating up already :)
Aug. 23rd, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
...that's a smiley overload. :p

But I'll play. ;) (All of the following are short stories).

1. My Muse Wears Army Boots, Dark Fantasy, Murky Depths #8

2. Where Dragons Fear to Tread, High Fantasy, Flashing Swords #13

3. Bloodsworn, High Fantasy, Aoife's Kiss (September '09 issue)

4. Sekhmet Rising, Arkham Tales, forthcoming

5. Plague Chalice, Sword and Sorcery, Lorelei Signal (current issue)
Aug. 23rd, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Hey there, my newest LJ friend. See where you end up with by making bad puns :)

Thanks for taking part :)
(no subject) - silverwerecat - Aug. 23rd, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 24th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Oh, I have an entry for "Best Title". In fact, I have two.
Aug. 24th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
So that's two books: Greasing the Pan & The Savage Pen of Onan

Thanks for taking part :)
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