Friday, 10 September 2010

**A Competition For You**


Today as I’m running a competition for my readers!

On the 21st September I will pass from aspiring writer to paid professional when my short story, Counting the Pennies, will be published in Issue 98 of Yours magazine. Even though women’s fiction is not my first love, I am beyond excited. I’m also nervous. Will they have changed the title? Will the story have been edited? What illustrations will they use? Will people like it? Of all the stories I’ve written this will have the largest readership; from July to December 2009 Yours showed an average fortnightly circulation figure of 284,560. So this publication is really big deal for me.

And because I’m so excited I’ve decided to hold my first competition. All you have to do to enter this competition is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment below. That is it!


The Prizes
First Place - A copy of one the following anthologies I have been published in: 100 Stories For Haiti; Haunted; The Mysterious Dr. Ramsey; Flash!; or Patented DNA (if you are happy to wait until October for your prize, Fem-Fangs can also be included in that list). A copy of Issue 98 of Yours Magazine AND I will name a character in a short story submission after you! So polish those name badges, because you don’t know where you may end up.

Second Place – A copy of one the following anthologies I have been published in: 100 Stories For Haiti; Haunted; The Mysterious Dr. Ramsey; Flash!; or Patented DNA (if you are happy to wait until October for your prize, Fem-Fangs can also be included) AND a copy of Issue 98 of Yours Magazine.

Third Place – A copy of Issue 98 of Yours Magazine.


On the 21st September I will use random.org to choose the three winners from all eligible entries and announce the results later that day. Enjoy!

41 comments:

  1. Wow Ellie those statistics are astounding!
    I'm not surprised how chuffed you are and very well deserved. I would be too.It's doubly gratifying for you that you've succeeded in a genre that isn't necessarily your favourite. Congratulations!

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  2. Congrats, Ellie! That's a huge score!

    And a very neat contest. I'll tweet your contest in a bit.

    PS Should I win, I'd rather you name a character after my dog, Tank. :grin:

    He's a real character.

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  3. I found you through Alex...I stayed.

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  4. What a wonderful way to celebrate a precious moment in your writing life! Congratulations on your success!

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  5. Ellie, congratulations!! I know how excited you must be! I definitely want to be included in your competition, and I will post about you on my blog, too! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Yay!!!!!!!! Oh wow!!!! Yay!! Me and Charlie are dancing with joy!!! FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!

    Yay!!!! I shall most definitely look out for this. Yours Issue 98 on Sept 21! WONDERFUL!!!!

    So so happy for you!

    Take care
    x

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  7. Congratulations on that publication, ad on being a proper professional! :-)

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  8. Whoop whoop! Yay for you, Ellie! Fantastic!

    And what a great competition. Thank you!

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  9. Congratulations! That is so exciting:)

    And this competition is easy and fun :D

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  10. Congrats!!! I'll post this up on my side bar!! I bet it feels all warm and fuzzy inside to morph into the publishing world!

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  11. Congratulations! How exciting. You'll have to frame a copy of that check along with a tearsheet from the magazine. What an exciting step in your writing career. :)

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  12. What an excellent contest in lieu of your awesome celebration! Congratulations! Regardless whether it is first love or not you must have been pretty darn good at it!!!

    Look forward to seeing the issue!

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  13. Well done! Hope it's the start of a long and illustrious (paid) career.

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  14. Wooo well done! I'm in a couple of anthologies meself, well, five, but who's counting? (Me...)

    Hope the success continues!

    Pixie x

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  15. A huge thank you to everyone who has shared in my excitement so far!

    Maria has asked if she wins can she name a character after a pet and my answer was yes. Same goes for all other entrants - if you'd prefer to name a character after your pet that is fine but it must be a sensible name! LOL.

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  16. Hi Ellie! Congratulations! I'm so sorry, I have another follower called Ellie and thought it has been her commenting on my blog all this time. How long have you been dropping by my blog without me realising you were new??? I'm SOOOOOO sorry! Anyway, I'm following you now :o)) and Congrats again on the publication!!! That is wonderful!!

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  17. Congratulations on this big achievement! Hopefully, there will be many more to follow!

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  18. Congratulations on your publication news!

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  19. You've done so well to get into 'Yours' as they don't publish many stories over the course of a year. I'd love to win a copy of the mag (you could sign it for me!) but I think I can stretch to buying my own if necessary!

    You are welcome to name a character after Harvey, though we'll keep it to ourselves if you do otherwise he'll be wanting his very own dog-blog. x

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  20. Congratulations! Great work! Would love to read one of your published stories!

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  21. Hope you will signed the winner's copy of the book. My first short story will be published in a book in October, so I can understand your excitement!

    Good luck with all your writing.

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  22. Thank you to all! I'm counting the days down!

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  23. Congratulations Ellie! Well done!

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  24. Hi Ellie - Congratulations! No wonder you're on top of the world. Absolutely enter me in the contest. :)

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  25. Well done, Ellie!

    The first time being paid for your work and seeing it in print in such a widely circulated mag is great. You are right to be so excited! And I'm sure there will be many more to come.

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  26. Thank you to Chippy, Lisa, and Sherri!

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  27. Congrats, Ellie. And thanks for the comments on my blog.

    Hope Clark
    www.fundsforwriters.com

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  28. Congratulations Ellie on having your work published.

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  29. Congrats Ellie. How cool is that. Have a great week ahead.

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  30. Congratulations. May this be the first of many paid publications.

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  31. Congrats, Ellie. I'm sure it's just a prelude of even greater things to come.

    I enjoy your MMs on a regular basis, and now am excited to officially "follow" your blog.

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  32. I am so very, very happy for you! Sounds like dreams are coming true! CONGRATULATIONS, you paid profe$$ional writer, you!

    I thought I smelled Readers' Competition-- count me in! I just "clicked" your Follow button and Voila!: a comment from me has just been born! (Thank you for this opportunity and, again, best wishes!)

    SparkleFarkle~~~~~*

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  33. Glad you've been published. My mom is a writer and I know how hard it can be.

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  34. How exciting for you...I'm sure it is well deserved. Congrats from an anglophile stuck in NOVA. I came here via Mr. Know-It-All! :)

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  35. It must feel wonderful to have your work recognized and be published for fee. I wish you well on your journey as a professional writer! Congratulations!

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  36. A huge thank you to Hope, Bill, Thom, Debs, Michael G-G, SparkleFarkle, Belle, Lulda, and Scott!

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  37. So happy that you are published. Congratulations! Roland

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  38. A big congratulations and a major loud
    bualadh bos (Irish for clapping)to you on your accomplishment.

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  39. Roland and Ann - thank you for entering!

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  40. Here's my entry. Thanks so much for hosting!

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