Monday, May 9, 2011

And That's a Wrap


The deadline has now passed for the Lost on the Rock Contest 2011. Many thanks to those of you who entered. We had a little flurry of entries on the last day. In fact, one snuck in just before the deadline.

I would also like to thank those of you who helped get the word out via your blogs and Twitter, etc. Every little bit helps. For those keeping score, we ended up with 15 story submissions. I have read four and see that the bar has been set high. Laurita, Ellen and I will meet next week to champion our favourites. I will come prepared this year with boxing gloves and mouthguard. As I recall, Ellen has a nasty right cross...

We will be sending interview questions to the top four finishers late next week and hope to post the winning names on Saturday, May 21st.  The top four stories and interviews will be posted both here and at Calling Shotgun the week after that (ie. the story will appear at one blog, the interview at the other). Perhaps there will even be an honourable mention or two posted as well.

Just to pad this post out a little, I shall provide you a link here to an article at a travel website called Gadling. Perhaps the world's ten creepiest abandoned cities will provide inspiration to the horror writers in the crowd. There's a cool photo of each...from Taiwan to Turkey or Italy to the USA. There's apparently no shortage of places where people just up and left for reasons both natural and man-made.

13 comments:

Jarmara Falconer said...

Good luck everyone who entered. I hope we all get to read the winning stories soon

Gigi said...

Good luck to the entrants and thanks for the link - interesting reading and a great jumping off point for the imagination.

Harry said...

I never got quite around to writing an entry but I'm looking forward to reading the winning stories.

Laurita said...

That's a great link Alan. It really fits with the whole Lost theme.

I cannot wait to argue out those contest winners. I'm bringing my boxing gloves and a bottle of Cabernet. Should get interesting. :)

Linda said...

Goodluck to all the entrants and looking forward to reading the winners. And hope you don't get into a rough-and-tumble over the winners! Thanks for running the contest, and enjoy the Cab. Peace...

Cathy Webster (Olliffe) said...

I was giggling a bit tonight thinking of Ellen's nasty right cross.

Conor said...

Missed the contest, Alan, but I can't wait to read the entries it produced. Hope we'll get the chance to!

Cate Gardner said...

Good luck with your comp, Alan. Enjoy the judging.

Katey said...

Whoa... that is an incredible link. So, so creepy...

theothersideofdeanna said...

Good luck to everyone who entered and thanks so much Alan and Laurita for hosting the contest! And thanks for that cool link Alan - the town of Pripyat, the first one listed, looks the spookiest to me, it's almost as if you can see the people still "lingering".

Mari said...

Awesome, I'm looking forward to reading the winning entries. :)

Alan W. Davidson said...

Thanks, everyone, for the comments. We should have the winners picked by next weekend. I'll post an exact date ahead of time. Best of luck to those who entered.

John Wiswell said...

It was my pleasure on all the retweets. Hope you enjoy my entry, Alan. Maybe we'll discuss it some time?