We’re thrilled to announce Literary Death Match's 250-Word Bookmark Contest judged by the inimitable Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, a.k.a. LDM SF, Ep. 4 champion). The winner will receive $1,000. The two runners-up (runner-ups?) will receive $100. (It's runners-up, by the way.)
We've created this contest for two reasons:
1. Our live events average 10,000 attendees annually. We want these people leaving our around-the-globe shows with award-winning stories they're certain to read. (Everyone can spare 250 words worth of reading.)
2. LDM is in the midst of a pivot. We're hell bent on creating brilliant content beyond our live shows. This contest will serve as a fundraiser and any proceeds beyond the prize money and printing fees will go towards build LDM's new web site, and help us create digital content for all the world to see.
The rules are simple: write a story that is no longer than 250 words. You're thinking: but my story is 263 words long! That's okay, right? Nope. It won't fit on the bookmark. 250, please! (Though if your story is perfect and it's 255, we'll see what we can do with the kerning.)
The Deadline: May 18, 2016 Publication: July 1, 2016 (in time for LDM Paris, Ep. 4) The Cost: $15 for a single entry; $22.50 for a double entry
The Judge:Daniel Handler is a writer of books. He is a columnist for The Believer where his “What the Swedes Read,” about reading one book by each Nobel Laureate, appears in each issue. The final installment of Lemony Snicket’s All The Wrong Questions quartet of mysteries has just been published. Its sequel, "A Series of Unfortunate Events," is being developed by Netflix as an original series. His new novel is We Are Pirates, and it's possible that he could be coming to your town.