Dancing With the Fairies – The Fairy Ring Writing Contest

 Hear ye! Yearning for Wonderland proudly announces their very first writing contest. Ever.

I know it’s what you’ve all been waiting for. Please calm yourself. No tears of joy, please.

By this point, you might be saying, get on with it!

Shhh, I am savoring…okay, here are the details.

This contest is in honor of The Fairy Ring (you know you want to read it! Or gift it to someone who believes in true magic in the world). For those of you who have not yet read my review of Mary Losure’s The Fairy Ring (Candlewick Press, 2012), please do so to know how amazing this prize is. I know several of my readers have expressed interest in the book – now is your chance to win it for free!

Galleys have graciously been provided by the beauteous Raquel Matos of Candlewick Press.

I will announce the winners by February 22nd. I cannot wait to see all the magnificent permutations of fae encounters that your creative minds will unleash. Let the games begin!

Additional Details (updated 2/14/12)
* The winner of the contest will have their link shared on the Google+ page of Candlewick Press, woot!
* The title does not count in the 300 word limit.
* In the spirit of the contest and the book, please no erotica or slasher horror. I love dark fairytales, but give us goosebumps not buckets of blood.
* Please visit all of the entries and comment – writers love feedback!
* WordPress blogs need different HTML – email me at annabbps at gmail.com if you want me to send you the alt. code.
* If you do not have a blog and would like to enter, send me your entry to the above email and I will post it on Yearning for Wonderland.
* We have an amazing new logo, courtesy of Ruth Long @bullishink

Comment with any questions. Here is the Linky Tool code to copy to your blog’s HTML:



37 Comments

  1. calmapparatus
    Feb 7, 2012

    Hello, this sounds like a wonderful thing to be a part of. I would be honored. I wrote 300 words for you, but unfortunately I am afraid I do not know what to do with that code. I tried pasting it in a new post and previewing to no avail. I perhaps will not be the only one. Look forward to participating.

    –Damien

    • ruanna3
      Feb 7, 2012

      Hi Damien, so glad to hear you will be entering. WordPress blogs are a little different, I think, so I will email you a different set of code

  2. February Grace
    Feb 7, 2012

    Do you have a preference for when we should post it? Sooner or closer to the end of the contest? I’m thinkin sooner to help spread the word?

    • ruanna3
      Feb 7, 2012

      Oh, the sooner the better, pretty lady! I can’t wait to see your entry 😀

  3. Lillie McFerrin
    Feb 8, 2012

    This is such a great idea!!! Can’t wait to read the entries :)

    • ruanna3
      Feb 8, 2012

      Thanks Lillie. I hope if you have any extra time and feel up to you, you might dash off 300 words or so of your own. 😀

  4. Angela
    Feb 8, 2012

    I am so on this one. What a great idea!!!

    • ruanna3
      Feb 8, 2012

      Yay! I look forward to reading it, Angela! Woot!

  5. Cara Michaels
    Feb 8, 2012

    Hey Anna,

    Love, love, love this. I’m in, but I need the WordPress code to add to my post, please. :)

    • ruanna3
      Feb 8, 2012

      Thanks for entering, Cara! I DM’d you the link to the code. Let me know if you can’t get it to work :)

  6. Angie Richmond
    Feb 8, 2012

    What a fantastic idea!!!

    • ruanna3
      Feb 11, 2012

      So when do I see your entry, Miss Angie? 😉

  7. Matt Lannigan
    Feb 8, 2012

    Hi. I wrote a piece, opened up a blog account, and posted the sucker. But I am not sure I did the link thing right. I copy/pasted everything from Start Link to End inLinkz Script. Is that right? Or did I mess up something?

    Cool idea, by the way.

    • ruanna3
      Feb 8, 2012

      Thanks Matt! I’m so glad you entered. You did everything perfectly as far as the linky tool. It didn’t show up the HTML on your blog, which is okay, it’s just the contest instructions. If you want, just double check that every character of the HTML copied into your HTML edit of the blog post.

      But you’re officially entered, so no worries either way. So glad you’re participating :)

  8. celestemy
    Feb 8, 2012

    Hi – I need the wordpress code too please!
    Sounds like a great idea – is the competition only open to a certain region (I’m in South Africa)?

    • ruanna3
      Feb 8, 2012

      Hi Celeste! I’m thrilled you’re entering. I will be happy to email the WordPress code to you, just respond with your email address.

      I have a copy in my possession, so if your entry is chosen I will be happy to mail it over. :)

  9. Angie Richmond
    Feb 8, 2012

    I tried writing something on my lunch break…it was terrible. *runs back to the drawing board*

    • ruanna3
      Feb 8, 2012

      *peers over Angie’s shoulder at drawing board* YAY, can’t wait!

  10. calmapparatus
    Feb 8, 2012

    Wish I could just post mine on in this comment lol. I want so very much to help you get the word out about your book. Anytime you need some flash fiction content, make sure to let me know.

    –Damien

    • ruanna3
      Feb 9, 2012

      Thanks Damien! I linked up your entry so we are all good :)

  11. Anonymous
    Feb 9, 2012

    Ugh….this is my second time trying to post a comment. I’ll make it short and sweet. 2 questions:

    -/will a short erotic story that includes Satan work?
    -/I would need html code for wordpress as well.

    Thank you. :)

    The “comment as” is giving me a hard time….my wordpress website is: http://wendysworksdotcom.wordpress.com/

  12. celestemy
    Feb 9, 2012

    Hey – can’t see to ‘reply’ directly, so posting it down here but my email is celeste.m.yates(at)gmail.com
    If you could replace the (at) with the funny a 😉
    The 7th was my birthday, so hoping that it is a good sign!

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    • ruanna3
      Feb 9, 2012

      Just sent you the email, Celeste! I’m sure your birthday is a good omen :)

  13. Rowanwolf
    Feb 9, 2012

    Thanks for the opportunity to join in. This is my first flash fiction, I hope I linked it correctly. What fun! Now, I can’t wait to go read all the others.

    • Rowanwolf
      Feb 9, 2012

      So many wonderful writers out there! It’s just beautiful.

    • ruanna3
      Feb 9, 2012

      You linked it perfectly! Thanks for entering. I know, I am constantly humbled by the talent I encounter.

  14. Chuck Carmichael
    Feb 9, 2012

    It’s been a while since I tried something like this. *crosses fingers, goes to write*

    • Chuck Carmichael
      Feb 9, 2012

      Also, I need to change how my google account reads when I reply to these things . . .

    • ruanna3
      Feb 9, 2012

      So glad you are entering, Chuck. And no worries. I’ll just refer to you as the guy with the big orange B 😉

  15. Adriana
    Feb 11, 2012

    Ooh, thank you for pointing me here, Anna! I am going to enter. :) I love flash fiction, and think fairies are adorable, so definitely right up my alley!

    • ruanna3
      Feb 11, 2012

      Wonderful, Adriana! I’m looking forward to reading your entry.

  16. Becca J. Campbell
    Feb 15, 2012

    Anna,

    This contest is a great idea. :) I want to enter, but I’ve never ever written anything about faeries. Ever. But there’s always a first time, right? I’m going to be stewing on this one for the next few days and see what I can come up with. Oh yeah, I’ve never written in first person, either. Ha! Wish me luck!

  17. moonduster
    Feb 18, 2012

    Lovely contest idea! I entered, but the code doesn’t seem to be working on my blog. (I use Blogger too.)

  18. moonduster
    Feb 20, 2012

    I am trying to read through everyone’s entries, but I couldn’t find Lisa Cresswell’s entry. The link goes straight to her blog, rather than her entry and I couldn’t find it when I looked through the blog. Sorry about that.

    • ruanna3
      Feb 20, 2012

      I so appreciate your diligent commenting Moonduster. Lisa’s entry is in progress and will be updated when it is ready :)

  19. Dee Solberg
    Feb 21, 2012

    I was trying to comment on Tina Ramey’s entry and couldn’t find a way to comment. It’s lovely about the cat’s hymn to the child’s grief…such rich sensation!

  20. Kern Windwraith
    Feb 21, 2012

    Nothing like nick-of-timing it, is there? I finally posted my entry to my blog. Now I can start reading the other entries which I didn’t dare do before in case they made me drool with jealousy (which I’m sure they will) and robbed me of the will to press on with my hunt for the perfect idea (which I didn’t come close to finding, but pressing deadlines have a way of forcing the issue).

    Thanks so much for nagging–or rather, encouraging–me to participate. :)

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