MEAGER PUDDLE OF LIMELIGHT AWARDS
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.
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.