Friday, February 15, 2008

Contest Time is Nigh

It's that time again. Contest time at the Clarity of Night!

I'm going to be opening my 8th short fiction contest next Wednesday.

We'll be serving up the usual smorgasboard of creativity, great writing, cash prizes, and community spirit. I even have a cool picture picked out. It's all you can eat...just make sure you grab a clean plate each trip to the buffet.

Since Monday will be my last post of normal content before the contest, I will try very hard to get the Tunguska series finished. After that, it's time to get your game on.

Have a great weekend!


Chris Eldin said...

WooHooo! I got firsties here!
Can't wait for the contest. I enjoy reading the entries as much as participating.

Hoodie said...


Anonymous said...

In other words, another published writer will be born (it seems there have been several authors who have used your contests as inspiration for their novels).

How much would it cost to get an advanced look at the photo? :)

Jaye Wells said...

I can't wait to read everyone's entries.

Sarah Hina said...


I'm there. :)

SzélsőFa said...

Ouch, two (or three contest at one time).
I'm trying to be there!

paisley said...

this will be my first time being a part of the contest... i don't know if i will contribute this time around,, but if not i will be here cheering the entrants on to victory!!!!!

raine said...

(Raine, getting her popcorn and ice-cold coke ready for a lot of exceptional reading...) ;-)

Precie said...


I wait with bated breath!

The Anti-Wife said...

**rubbing hands and limbering fingers**

The Anti-Wife said...

Your dog died? I'm so sorry!

Anonymous said...

Christine, yes, you get first honors. :)

Hoodie, I'm looking forward to seeing something from you.

Strugglingwriter, I'm a bit amazed, and definitely honored, by that. Clarity of Night contest wins show up in query letters and have spawned ideas for novels (including the home run by Jaye Wells!).

Jaye, speaking of our star.... :)

Sarah, I hope you enjoy this one as much as the past two! :)

Szelsofa, I know you will if you can manage it. No pressure.

Paisley, if the photo sparks something, then go for it!

Raine, the DEFENDING CHAMPION! Your seat of honor is just over this way....

Precie, very cool. :)

Anti-Wife, warm ups are definitely good. ;)

And yes, I'm sorry to say that one of our dogs was killed. We have two Whippets. One of them must have slipped out under the radar, and she was hit by a car. On the positive side (if there is such a thing), it appears to have been very quick, and she was 10. Also, if it wasn't for on-going medical care, she would have died a year ago, so all things told, she had a good life. It's just hard to have it happen like this.

But enough of that. I don't want to pull a gloom over things. We're doing okay.

Back to the matter at hand, I'm looking forward to getting the contest rolling!

Anonymous said...

in glee i come.

DBA Lehane said...

For once it looks like I'm not going to miss it for a change! Pencil sharpened and notepad ready here, good sir!

I'll provide a link on my website to the comp too.

DBA Lehane said...

Okay all added and linked:

Terri said...

What's that? You're posting a photograph to tempt my creativity out of hiding? Aw, you're too kind :-)

Sorry to hear about your dog

virtual nexus said...

....Will dip in with interest, but have just created space for oil painting so writing is on the back burner for the moment. All the best to the rest....

Ello - Ellen Oh said...

This time, I'm going to win!

My entry is going to be about a fish that walks into a bar - I'm sure it's a winner! ;o)

Very cool! I love your contest! Will promote big time on my blog too!

Anonymous said...

C.S., that's the best way of all. :)

DBA Lehane, very cool! I can't wait to see what you create. And thanks for the link and the mention on your blog.

Terri, a story from you would be a treat. Yes, I'm shamelessly tempting you. (Thanks for the sentiment about our dog.)

Julie, oil painting! Wow, I'm amazed by your energy.

Ello, ha! That would be a shoe-in. Not sure if it will jive with the picture, though. ;) I know you'll bring lots of excitement to the contest.

Liane Spicer said...

I'm looking forward to reading the entries. Won't enter though. I'm a wimp

JRVogt said...

Ah, lovely. Can't wait.

Anonymous said...

Wordtryst, it's a really safe environment. Maybe you'll find the water warm and jump in. If not, that's okay too.

Josh, very close now. Not long to wait!