Friday, November 27, 2009

Mentors, Muses, Monsters (CONTEST!!)

On Monday night, Angelle and I went to a reading/conversation with five of the contributors of MENTORS, MUSES & MONSTERS, the book from which that spectacular Alexander Chee essay came from a couple weeks ago (I blogged about it here).

I had already fallen in love with Alex's essay, and then I saw the list of very heavy hitters who had contributed to the collection. It seems pretty obvious that most writers have been supremely affected by someone--a writing tutor, a writing group leader, a professor, a high school English teacher. Some one person changed everyone's path.

The conversation about the book was great, but also it inspired me to host a contest! Which we haven't done since the movie mash-up, which was a mashing success.

I know there are tons of writers reading this... I hope you'll play :)

The contest: Create a tribute to (or a character assassination of) someone who contributed significantly (positively or negatively) to your path toward becoming a writer.

Rules: Email me at moonratty@gmail.com your submission in the body of an email. (No attachments please.) The submissions can be any length you like, but please keep in mind I have a fairly short attention span, and that submissions may be judged accordingly. The submissions may be prose, verse, acrostic, or whatever other verbal form inspires you.

Submissions due: December 15, 2009, at 11 pm EST

Prize: One hardcover copy of MENTORS, MUSES & MONSTERS, signed by Elizabeth Benedict, Lily Tuck, Alexander Chee, Martha Southgate, and Mary Gordon. Also, the winner and the finalists (a number I have yet to determine) will be posted on Editorial Ass (so your submission will be considered permission for me to do so).

I think maybe I'll write one, too. I know exactly who it will be about.

Hope you'll play!

18 comments:

Harry Markov said...

Sweet! So there. I have one assassination coming right up. YEAH! I hope that genre fiction is okay with you.

Annette Lyon said...

This is going to be fuuuun.

Miss Snark said...

Well, I certainly hope it will be about moi, Moonrat darling.

Susan at Stony River said...

This is too good.
Oh I'm in.
ROFL

Lydia Sharp said...

Thoughts already brewing...

gringo said...

Okay, I'm in. But if I win I'll settle for a plain white T-Shirt signed in permanent black marker with the following:

"Good job, gringo. - Signed, Moonrat."

Then my life would be more complete ;)

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Robert W. Leonard said...

That sounds like fun. I know exactly who it would be about. :)

Bruce said...

I don't want to hijack this thread, but was that the real Miss Snark? And is that a real book?

kimmirich.wordpress.com said...

Holy Moly is that Miss Snark? Great contest.

CKHB said...

Awesome! I went to a similar panel here in the Boston area and got my copy signed by 5 different authors! I will have to play.

Kimberly Kincaid said...

OMG, did Miss Snark just rear her head?! I'm all a-giggle!

I'll be cooking up some ideas for this one...fun contest :)

writtenwyrdd said...

Sounds like fun. I'll try to think of something.

Elizabeth Benedict said...

I've been meaning to say thank you to everyone, especially Moon Rat, for doing this contest. I'm the editor of Mentors, Muses & Monsters, and it's very gratifying to see your interest! If you want to read more about the book, please go to the book blog: http://www.mentorsmusesmonsters.blogspot.com. Thanks to all. If I can answer any questions, I'm happy to. --Elizabeth Benedict

Liz said...

Hey MR--I'm intimidated by essays. . . they make me feel like a hack. But I may just drop in on it--I've have lots of irons in the fire between owning a brewery and whatnot and perhaps I could bribe you with a case (or a keg)?
anyways, I'll give it a shot. .
Beer Wench

jswayne702 said...

I just fired off my submission; it seemed like, at the very least, a fun way to kill a little time. I hope you enjoy it!

_*Rachel*_ said...

I do think I'll enter--I know just who to talk about.

And Miss Snark, if you're still in the comments somewhere, I've read through all your archives and recommend you everywhere. And I'm about as geeked out to see you in the comments here as when Orson Scott Card showed up in the comments on your blog.

How's KY?

Indigo said...

Strange I thought I had already commented. In any case thanks for the reminder. I sent my submission along. It was an enjoyable trip down the prose lane. Indigo