Friday, June 05, 2009

A Very Special Clarity of Night Contest

The Clarity of Night is known for writing contests. As of now, I've had the honor of hosting 10 of them over the span of 3 years. These contests have built a powerful community of friends and writers that I'm humbled to play a part in.

You can't imagine the thrill it was for me to see my very first contest winner, Jamie Ford, go on to become a New York Times bestselling author with his debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was published this spring. And he is not alone. Jaye Wells is another amazing contest success story, whose connection to The Clarity of Night has unique meaning for me.

My 3rd Clarity of Night contest was "Lonely Moon." It was co-hosted by Anne Frasier, whose novel Pale Immortal had just been released. Out of a record-setting 100 entries (a record only recently broken), blogfriend Jaye Wells nabbed a coveted placement with her kick-butt story I Can Dig It, which featured a vampire assassin burying her handiwork. Jaye latched onto that story and turned it into a novel, which has become the uber-successful Red-Headed Stepchild, also released this spring. Jaye is in the midst of a wonderful three book deal to bring to life that character she dreamed up for "Lonely Moon."

Now, Jaye is returning full circle to do what Anne Frasier and that contest did for her. I'm happy to announce my 11th Clarity of Night Contest, "In Vino Veritas (Truth in Wine)" will open July 8th, 2009. The contest, co-hosted by Jaye, is to honor her and the release of Red-Headed Stepchild. There will be interviews, mayhem, and free blood screenings. And I'm going to be honest with you, I fully expect Jaye and this wonderful writing community to inspire our next novelist to hit the big time.

So you can get the juices flowing, I'm going to share the contest photo with you early. Start cooking up the ideas! As always you will have 250 words to work with. And please, feel free to grab the photo for your own blogs to spread the word. (More announcements will come closer to July 8th, but it's not too soon to get the ball rolling.)

Best of luck to all! And I'd like to give my heartfelt congratulations to Jaye, who has made us all very proud.

**Contest rules, prizes (show me the money!), and other information will be announced closer to the contest opening on July 8th. Prior contests can be found on my sidebar. Entries are stories inspired by the photo limited to 250 words.**


THE "IN VINO VERITAS (TRUTH IN WINE)" CONTEST

31 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm gonna have a glass of wine and think about it.

Shadow said...

more info???

the walking man said...

Best of luck to all the entrants.

Catvibe said...

Whoa man, this morning as I was making my cup of coffee, I thought to myself, I wonder when Jason is going to announce the next fiction contest? Come to find out that you just did so. Freakazoid! Weird weird weird.

Margaret said...

Great news Jason!

I'm sure it'll be just as good or even better than 'Ascension'.

Jaye Wells said...

Woohoo! I can't wait to see all the great stories this picture inspires. Thanks for everything, Jason!

Jamie Ford said...

Wow, has it really been three years? Time flies...

Thanks for all you do Jason!

pisku said...

I thoroughly enjoyed Ascension and I'm sure this one will better it!

strugglingwriter said...

That's a long time to wait!

Nobody can complain about not having enough time to enter, that's for sure.

Precie said...

Oh, I am so there! Brilliant! And how exciting that Jaye has agreed to do this too! I can't wait!

Bebo said...

Oooh I can't wait! Think I'll join Charles in a glass of wine while I think about this...

Aine said...

:) Looks like another magical time is brewing. I am looking forward to reading all the entries!

Jaye, welcome to "this side" of a CON contest. It promises to be a great ride!

Aniket said...

Yes, yes yes!!! It is time!!! Do I need to tell you how am feeling about this? Do I? :D :D :D

Have been soooooooooooooooo waiting for this! I can't even begin to imagine what everyone is going to come up with over this one? My fav. pic so far of all the contests. No offense, to Aine's legs. :D :D 'Ascension' is very close to me.

Aerin said...

This totally made my day. Wow. The 8th, huh?

*patience is a virtue patience is a virtue patience is a virtue*

Meghan said...

Yeees! I've been waiting for this! I can't wait for this party to get started!

Gughan said...

I had been looking forward to this. My best wishes to all!

Chris Eldin said...

I cannot wait for this one! I am clearing my calendar, and I also thank you for the advance notice!!!

Karen said...

I saw this picture this morning, and I've been thinking wine all day...

Anonymous said...

Jason--Looking forward to it.I've been out of the writing loop for a while and it'll be fun to step back in.
John McAuley

jason evans said...

Thanks everyone!! I'm really looking forward to it. And Jaye is going to be a wonderful co-host. :)

Woman in a Window said...

Now, this might just be fun.

Merry Monteleone said...

I've been hearing about your contests for eons from bloggy friends, but I've never participated before. Can't wait to see all the awesome entries.

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

The TRUTH is - I can't wait!!!

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

I have something for this! I hope I can use it. I just hope I don't forget. Planning a whole three weeks ahead is a challenge.

Vesper said...

What a beautiful glass of red wine... Is it wine? :-)

I'm sorry I'll miss the contest - I'll be away on holiday in that period. :-(

laughingwolf said...

now i know why i drank that whole bottle of red wine yesterday... two glasses, and it was all gone! :O lol

thx jason, will submit something...

i may still be away on 08 july, so can i leave it with you before then?

jason evans said...

Again, thanks everyone!! Yes, it's wine, Vesper, except I had to dilute it to allow more light to shine through. Sorry you won't make it! Laughingwolf, the contest entry period will extend for a week after that. Will you be able to get it in during that time? Rules will be posted the 8th.

laughingwolf said...

thx jason, not sure... will be visiting family out of province with older daughter, no fixed schedule, but the framework is around that time

aditi said...

Hey,

All d best to the entrants, and Jason - continue the good work your doing for the world of bloggers out der ;)

Erik Donald France said...

Cool, I will drink from the chalice without malice thinking of asking Alice in Dallas.

vinay pandey said...

Hi,I am ready with my story ..tell me where to post it