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Forget those Winter blues! 
The 2010 Puddle Awards for the ‘Best Short Story Title’ and 'Best Flash Fiction Title'  are now open.


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. 


Here's your chance to bathe in the spotlight - or at least get your socks damp in the meager puddle of limelight - I can provide here on my blog.

This month there are two Puddles up for grabs: Best Short Story Title and Best Flash Fiction Title (1,000 words and under).

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 short story and/or flash fiction titles. Please note: no more than two entries in each category per person. Don’t forget to tell me the relevant genre for each title and whether it’s for a short story or flash fiction piece (1,000 words or less). 


I’ll collate them all and put them up for LJ users to vote on by secret ballot at the end of this month. 


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

What do I get if I win?
Should your title be voted the winner, I’ll post an interview with you and/or a guest blog post here on An Englishman in New Jersey and on the FindAWritingGroup.com blog , where you can pimp your work/website/blog and generally bask in the glory of your victory.

Can I enter the same story titles as last year? 

With the exception of previous winning titles, yes.

What happened to the Puddle for Best Novel Title?
That Puddle will be up for grabs in the Summer.

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; my 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 still enter?

Sure, but you’ll need an LJ account to vote for anything.  And if you don't, you'll have to enter via an anonymous comment, so don't forget to leave your name and website/email address as well as your entries. 


How will the voting work?

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


Does it have to be a completed 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 2010 Meager Puddle of Limelight Awards for ‘Best Title’ please submit your entries by ...

ETA: Due to popular demand... well one person's request, I've reopened for entries.   In the interest of fairness, I've reopened the entry doors for everybody.  They'll now close on Friday, March 19th at 6:00pm (US Eastern).

ETA: Now closed for entries - voting starts next month

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 contestants might say:

Vene, vidi, puddli  



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Mar. 9th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'm going to jump right in! My title is "Howard Cavendish's Midweek Crisis."

It's okay to post them here, right?
Mar. 9th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Sure, I'll screen all the comments after the closing date.

Is this for a short story or flash fiction?
(no subject) - ex_naomi_ja - Mar. 9th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Mar. 9th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I have a couple but they are more impressive if you know what the story is about. I don't know if that's against the rules or not.

"Cold Comfort" -- a woman grows too fond of her (talking) refrigerator

"Schrödinger's Child" -- a grieving mother finds a path to an alternate world

Both are short stories, although the second one is not finished yet.
Mar. 9th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Karen :)
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Mar. 9th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Good ones. Thanks for taking part, MG :)
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Mar. 9th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Short Stories:
Mine Forever.
Seventh Child.

Flash Fiction.
The Hurdy Gurdy Man--currently available at Emerald Tales in their Carnevale edition.
No Tears for an Innocent.
Mar. 9th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Excellent! :)
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Mar. 9th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Nice. Thanks for taking part :)
Mar. 9th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Flash fiction:
- The Last Botnet
- String-driven Thing
- Dark They Were and Strange Inside (unpublished)

Short stories:
- The Peace Criminal
- The Eye Patch Protocol (forthcoming)
- The English Dead
Mar. 9th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Hi Vaughan,

Sorry, but there's a maximum of two entries per category. Which ones do you want to keep?
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Mar. 9th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Black Heart Balloon
Fragments of Blue-Black Sky

Short Story:
The Reflective Curve of a Potion Bottle
Mar. 9th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks for taking part, Cate :)
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Mar. 9th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
We had fun last year :)
Mar. 9th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Fun competition--and a lot of good titles already :-)

Flash fiction:
God Save Me As Me
9 of 10

Short Stories:
Culinary Subjugation
Soul Safari
Mar. 9th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking part, Jakob :)
Mar. 9th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
I'd like to try :)

short stories
The Book of Barnyard Souls (F)
The Shopping Cart Crisis (H)

Coin Toss (F)

Mar. 9th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Good luck :)
Mar. 9th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
"My Last Days In The Hive" - a science fiction short story, WIP.

Fun stuff Jon!
Mar. 9th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Geoff :)
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Mar. 10th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Barbara :)
Mar. 10th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
A Box of Cows

short story, (sub)Urban Fantasy.
Mar. 10th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
Good one, Bodge :P
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Mar. 10th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I'll play again. :D

Just two right now, but perhaps I'll come up with more later.

- "Upon the Solar Winds, the Hunt". Flash, Science Fiction

- "Demon Kebabs, with Fries on the Side" - Dark Fantasy/Horror, Short Story.
Mar. 10th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Good luck :)
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(no subject) - jongibbs - Mar. 12th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 10th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
I only have one.

'Fries with that?' - Science Fiction
Mar. 10th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Hi Jannette,

Is that a short story or flash fiction?
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