Look around your home and garage – see that juicer your Uncle Gerard gave you that’s still in the box? How about that lovely Santa and reindeer sweater your co-worker made you last year for Christmas (even though she’s a horrible knitter)?
Now you can use those useless gifts for writing inspiration! Join our next BookRix writing challenge, Craigslist Classifieds, and post a real or fictional classified advertisement about the gifts you wish you could sell. Make it funny, sensational or persuasive… just make sure to post it between December 20 and January 3 in the I love BookRix Writing Contests group’s submissions thread when it opens. One of our fictional favorites on Craigslist? “World’s Most Uncomfortable Saddle,” posted on 01-01-2010. “Like a ghastly specter from your darkest nightmare, this saddle has returned from the grave seeking vengeance. Its previous master thought it had banished it to the blackness of the abyss for good, but nay, it was only for an epoch.” Check out Craigslist’s Best of list to see this and hundreds of others!
You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards… so you can buy what you really wanted this Christmas! Two lucky winners will receive a $50 Amazon gift card… will it be you? Get ready to write a compelling classified for this timely BookRix Writing Contest!
Need some inspiration to get started? Head on over to our Photo Story Games Forum on BookRix! What does this photo inspire you to write? One BookRixer wrote this: “Cat junk magnets! I’ve always wanted a magnetic cat!”
*The classified can be about a real or fictional object, person or experience – just like the real classifieds in the above link on Craigslist. Have fun and be creative, but please remember: BookRix is a site with younger members too so try to keep it g-rated. Pornographic or sexually explicit content will be removed.
* Post your classified in a post in the thread in the I love BookRix Writing Contests group between December 20, 2010, to January 3, 2011, 12 noon EST, 5 pm London time/GMT.
* You can only create one classified so make it the best!
* Do not include any personal information in this classified – any contact information that looks too real will be edited out!
* Group members will vote on their favorite two classifieds to receive the Amazon $50 gift cards in the Voting thread. The Voting thread will be open January 4 to January 11, 12 noon EST, 5 pm London Time/GMT.
Good luck to all participants!
We can’t wait to see all the junk you want to get rid of!
Think that holding your own published book in your hands is a dream off in the distance? Not true! BookRix wants to help you get published with our free-to-enter BookRix “Get Published” contest, going on now through January 17th, 2011.
This is a new style of contest for BookRix to host – at the end of this contest, one lucky winner will get to publish his or her book!
The grand prize, generously provided by CreateSpace, is a Total Design Freedom Advanced Publishing Solution, (valued at $2,567!) which will include a custom cover and interior design, comprehensive copyediting, promotional text creation, a press release with targeted distribution, a complimentary upgrade to their Pro Plan, and a free CreateSpace ISBN if the winner does not already have one.
Plus, the winner of the “Get Published” BookRix Contest can choose any of the following sales channels through which he or she would like to enable the book for sale: the Amazon.com website, a CreateSpace eStore, and the CreateSpace expanded distribution channel.
The second place winner will receive a prize of $500 cash, with third place winning $300!
Have you just completed a NaNoWriMo novel this past November? Upload your NaNo work before January 17, 2011, for a chance to see your name in print! Join our Facebook Get Published BookRix Event to receive updates and news pertaining to this fantastic FREE contest!
Specific Contest Guidelines:
The book you choose to upload for the contest must be at least 25 BookRix pages long, but must not be your complete work. That will come later. You may not upload the entire book on to BookRix to be eligible for this contest.
All books must have a cover during the contest. However, the author whose book wins the first place prize will receive a unique cover as part of the prize provided by CreateSpace. Therefore, the “Get Published” contest entry covers on BookRix should be considered temporary.
Only fiction and nonfiction work is allowed in this contest.
You cannot enter work that has taken part in previous BookRix writing contests.
If you make it into the top ten or wildcard pick(s), you will be notified by BookRix to your personal e-mail address. At this time, you must send BookRix your complete work. So have your entire work completed ahead of time, but do not upload it on to BookRix. You will only have seven (7) days from notification to send in your book to BookRix via e-mail.
The complete work must be at least 30,000 words long and sent in Word document (or similar text file) format to firstname.lastname@example.org after you receive official notification that you have made it into the top ten or wildcard pick(s) on BookRix.
If the chosen authors do not send their complete work within seven days, the next best-ranked author will be contacted and so on until ten best-rated books can be given to the jury for selection.
This contest is free-to-enter. Contestants must create a BookRix user profile to submit their works or to vote on contestants to participate.
Authors must register their stories for the contest by January 17, 2011, 6 pm (EST) / 9 am (PST)/ 11 pm (GMT).