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.**