This Contest Is Now Closed
Drum roll, please.
Ladies and gents, announcing the first (but certainly not the last) #fridayflash Reader’s Contest.
Yes. Reader’s contest!
The six month anniversary of #fridayflash is fast approaching. To help celebrate this auspicious occasion, launch my newly redesigned web site, and to say thank you to all of our loyal readers, I am having a reader’s contest. It starts today, this very instant, and will run right though Friday, November 20th. And it’s so simple, anyone can win.
How To Win
Here’s how it works. Sometime between now and Friday November 20 at 11:59:59pm CST, go read a #fridayflash story on one of the fabulous blogs of our participating authors. Leave a comment on their story. Your comments must actually contain words that indicate you’ve read the story. A dot or space won’t cut it.
Then come back here, to this very post, and leave a comment, along with a link pointing back to that story. If you’re feeling sporting, tell me why you liked that particular piece. Also, leave me a valid way to contact you. Anonymous entries obviously won’t win.
During the wee hours of Saturday morning, November 21st, the Random Number Fairy will come by, find my laptop under my pillow, and select three winners from the comment thread. This comment thread. The one associated with the post you are currently reading. These three lucky people will receive a $10 gift certificate to one of the following fine online retailers: Barns & Noble, Amazon, Borders or New Egg. Choice of retailer is up to the winners.
Enter as often as you like. You can go to any #fridayflash story, leave a comment, and then enter that into the contest. Multiple entries on the same story by the same person won’t count. But reading multiple stories may significantly increase your odds of winning. Only one prize per person. If the Random Number Fairy draws your name twice, the second one will be tossed to give someone else a chance to win. Void were prohibited by law.
So How Do I Find These Stories?
Look for the #fridayflash hashtag on Twitter on any Friday between now and November 21, 2009. Follow the links in those tweets. Or go to the #fridayflash Archives, and select a story from there. The link in the Archives will take you to the relevant story.
PFAQ (Pseudo Frequently Asked Questions – I made ‘em up, folks)
Q. Can #fridayflash authors participate in this contest?
A. Yes, but they cannot use their own story. That would be poor form.
Q. Seems complicated. Why do I have to leave two comments, one here and one on the story?
A. The comment on the story is for the author’s sake. The one here is for yours, so that you can actually be considered for a prize.
Q. How come you’re not giving away a better prize, like a Kindle or Nook?
A. Because I’m cheap.
Q. What happens if the Random Number Fairy lands on a comment that does not link back to a story?
A. The Random Number Fairy will laugh hysterically, and move on to select another comment. Only comments with links to stories will be eligible to win.
Q. Does this mean I’m going to have to sign up for Twitter? I’ve been trying to avoid that.
A. Nope. You can access #fridayflash stories via the Archives, or you can use an Atom search string and find all the #fridayflash tweets without actually joining Twitter. Something like this:
Of course that will work best if you do it on a Friday.
Q. What if I hate the story I go to?
A. Be a sport. Move on to another story. Don’t leave mean comments. I reserve the right to disqualify trolls.