Name The Title – Contest

I mentioned here that I’m currently working on some short stories that will ultimately become a ‘short story collection.’   As of right now, I’m almost done with the second to last story (it has grown to a long-short-story with over 10K words) that I want to include in the collection.  Of course, after I am done with this one, I’ll still have one left to write.

Authors take great pride with the content of their work, whether it’s a novel, story story or a collection of shorts.  Along with the stories themselves, authors enjoy coming up with a suitable title that not only the publisher will like, but for their fans, as well.

This is where you, the fans, come in.

The gist of this contest is as follows.

–  Come up with a title (never seen before) that is suitable for a ‘short story collection.’  Try to stay away from common titles, such as, ’13 tales of terror’ ‘a collection of scary tales’ and the like.  Delve into new territory, experiment, see what you can come up with.  Remember, this will be a collection of shorts dealing with all aspects of horror (monsters, madmen, strange events, etc), so the title should be something that will grab the readers eye when it’s sitting on the book self.

What will you win, you ask?

–  The person that comes up with the best ‘title’ for the collection will win a starring role in the last short I will write for the collection.  Yup, that’s right, you’re full name (or only your first if you choose) will appear as the main character in the story.  The only thing is, I can’t guarantee ‘you’ will still be alive at the end…

–  You will be mentioned in the acknowledgements in the front of the book

–  You will receive a copy of the book, free of charge, once it’s published and released

Sound good?  It should.  This is your chance to make a contribution to the genre that you love and possibly have a wild ride in the process – but only in the story.  🙂 

How to enter and rules:

Email me with your full name (first, last), email address and one or two ‘titles’ (please don’t list a whole slew of them, one or two is fine), by April 15, 2009.  

– The suject line of your email should read, exactly: ‘Contest Entry for Short Story Collection’  If it doesn’t have this suject line, I can’t guarantee you that it will be read.

– One entry (email) per person, only. 

– If your chosen the winner, you will be notified by email on or before April 30, 2009.  So, if you don’t receive an email by the end of this day, you’re not the winner.

Good Luck!


As a side note…if you haven’t yet checked out the book trailer for Night School click here.  Then go to the Storefront and buy the book!


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