[UPDATE: The writing contest has now ended. I was asked to judge the finalists, and have submitted my selections to Raw Dog Screaming Press, who have now announced the winners and published the winning entry. Thanks to all who participated!]
For the month of August, Raw Dog Screaming Press (publisher of my novel, Play Dead) is offering a sweet “Retrospective” book bundle of their bestselling short-story collections, which packages together my book, 100 JOLTS, with Jeremy C. Shipp’s Sheep and Wolves and Adam Golaski’s Worse Than Myself, for a VERY low price ($30 for paperbacks, $12 for Ebooks). Orders get a bonus pdf of secret goodies, as well.
To celebrate and promote this event, I’ll be participating in a live chat on TWITTER alongside Adam Golaski on Monday, August 9th, at 9-10pm eastern. Tweet us questions during that hour and you never know what might happen. [Don't miss Jeremy Shipp's chat, too, on Aug 4th] To follow the chat via twitter, just type “#retrospective” into the search window and you’ll track the conversation!
And if that wasn’t enough, RDSP is also hosting a writing contest, with prompts based on all three books, and goodies for prize. See the Retrospective page for details on all three. To get you inspired and instigated, here are the details for the contest inspired by 100 Jolts:
WRITERS: participate in our writing contest with prompts based on these books! The winning stories will be published on the Raw Dog Screaming Press website and the winners will receive a prize pack of goodies.
Rules: 1 piece of fiction per prompt. No piece can be longer than 1000 words, not including title and information. Attached to email as a .doc, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Work must be obviously based on the prompt, poetry acceptable. Submission deadline: Oct. 1, results posted no later than Oct. 31.
100 Jolts prompt: Take one of the lines from “Stabbing for Dummies” (from 100 Jolts and/or Audiovile) and use it as the opening sentence of a new story. You can alter the point of view to suit your need. The tale must build to an outrageous conclusion, and fall under 1000 words. If you don’t have your copy of 100 Jolts handy, use this line: “Knowledge of the circulatory system can save time.”
Prize Pack: publication of the winning story on the RDSP website, a signed horror movie postcard, a signed copy of “Audiovile” and the Bram Stoker Award winning poetry collection, Freakcidents (from Shocklines Press, 2005)
I expect your weirdest. Get crackin’! And don’t forget to drop by the chat on twitter on August 9th, at 9-10pm eastern.