I had intended to start naming off folks who encouraged me in those first days but the list would make this posting far too long. Thank you all (and you know who you are) for taking time to comment on my posts when, often, there was little substance or conversation. The circle of friends has grown wider and exposed me to a wider range of writers including the talented #Fridayflash contributors. Each of you have taught me, or advised me or made me laugh at your blog content or your comments here. I toast you all!
To help celebrate both this long weekend and my blog anniversary I am pleased to announce the first Land's Edge flash fiction contest. The contest starts today and deadline for submissions is Sunday, June 20th. Please send forth your best short stories or essays with a holiday theme. I leave the word 'holiday' wide open to your interpretation. Any holiday, festival, gala or fete will do. Some examples...New Year's Day, Labour Day, Anzac Day, Guy Fawkes Night or even the Running of the Chihuahuas in Sonora. Suffice it to say that it can be a holiday or celebration of historic or fictional proportions. The contest is open to anybody, anywhere (yes, even Scotland!) .Though the farther away the winners the cheaper the form of transportation for the prizes (read-fishing trawler on a slow return to Europe or Pony Express to the boonies of Tennessee...)
- Stories of any genre, 750 words or less
- Please...send only previously unpublished stories
- Send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with Contest Submission and the title in the subject line of your email
- Put your story in the body of the email...no attachments please
- No spitting on the Land's Edge judges
The submissions will be judged by myself and 'blind judged' by Laurita Miller of Brain Droppings and one other Land's Edge staff member. No pandering to the judges, please, as we are impervious to such things
unless it's a twenty in an unmarked envelope. This is a Newfoundland contest being judged by Islanders so the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries will have bragging rights and will each receive a gift of Newfoundland & Labrador Literature mailed to anywhere their heart desires. This post is getting a bit long, so I'll post the specifics on the novels on Monday. I hope all of that was clear (I am only now consuming my first coffee of the day). If not, email me with questions at the above address. Have a great weekend all...please tell others about the contest...and start writing.