Here ye, here ye, aye am announcing a new contest in which I'm giving away one hardcover copy of my forthcoming YA novel, The Kid Table, which will be in stores in a month. The last giveaway for the galleys hinged on right and wrong, but this time I want the contest to be about self-expression. I don't know, sometimes I'm a hippie.
So I thought of this one in the shower, where I do some of my most unusable thinking. Below you'll find a photo of one of my tattoos, which I got a serious discount on because the guy who did it thought I was joking. Clearly, it's a personally meaningful piece. But what I decided is that I'd really like to hear from other people what this means to them:
The contest is this:
Write me 50-1000 words regarding what this pear wearing a thong means to you. It can be a poem, although I'm not really all that crazy about most poetry, so tread carefully. It can be a story, an essay, a personal statement for getting into Harvard. It can be a letter. It can be impressionistic. Whatever you want. I just need it to be from the heart.
The contest will be open for 10 days, ending on August 24, 2010 at 8 a.m. At that time, I will select my favorite entry, the winner receiving one (1) signed, personalized copy of The Kid Table along with a Perler Bead figurine of yourself (you'll need to send me a photo for this unless you just want me to interpret what you look like based on what I know of your email persona). If you don't know what Perler Beads are, how sad for you since you didn't have a childhood, but for illustrative purposes, see the Perler figurine I made for my "friend" Dave Bernad, who didn't even come to the reading of my stories last week.
I'm opening the contest to everyone except the people who know me. Because if you know me, then really, you should should be buying the book when it comes out because it's not only going to be better for me if I'm a success, it's going to be better for you too. I'll be less moody during our interactions, and I will probably buy more expensive gifts for a wider range of acquaintances if I have a book that earns me some heavy cash.
Please send one (1) entry only to firstname.lastname@example.org. No preference will be given according to order received because I'm not going to read these things until the close of the contest. That way if I'm suicidal while reading one, I'll be suicidal while reading all of them, and my frame of mind won't create an imbalance in the judging. If size matters to you, then I refer you to the photograph below, which gives you an idea of the scale of the pear in relationship to the fork on the front of the book you'll be winning.