The theme is deceptively simple this time guys. Keen observers of my blog would have noticed the other day that I posted about my belated future shock when I downloaded my first eBooks.
It was so easy, and an enjoyable alternative way to read.
But it made me realise that my kids would probably never love paper books the way I do, because their exposure to them will be so greatly reduced. It feels wrong that my son won’t have a ratty, treasured collection of Batman under his bed.
I find it really interesting that as a (wannabe) writer, the thought of eBooks doesn’t worry me in the slightest, but as a reader it does.
The theme for this comp is that you show your love for books as artefacts! Do this by:
1. Writing a story where a book is central to the plot,
2. Writing a story with books as characters,
3. Write a poem about books.
Minimum word count is 500, maximum is 1,200 words.
Any genre! Submissions are accepted from around the world, and should be sent to dansimmo1 (at) gmail.com.
Writers of any standard are welcome to join in!
Along with the opportunity to have their story on my blog, their are two prizes (so far) up for grabs, chosen this time to fit the theme. They are both finely crafted examples of the book form. It also doesn’t hurt that the artists are incredibly talented Australian writers as well.
1. Sourdough and Other Stories, by Angela Slatter.
This beautiful book is one of two collections Slatter has put out this year.
To see how Tartarus create their amazing books click here.
2. Glitter Rose, by Marianne de Pierres.
Published by the giant killing Twelfth Planet Press, Glitter Rose is a compact impressively pink hardcover containing beautiful artwork.
To find out more about Glitter Rose, click here.
To find out more about Marianne de Pierres click here.
3. The Arrival and Sketches from a Nameless Land, by Shaun Tan
This award winning wordless picture book has been lauded near and far, and has now been released in a special edition that includes a secondary book of sketches that were made over the course of The Arrival’s creation. Truly a remarkable piece of art.
To see a copy of this special edition of the book, click here.
THE COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN.
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT ON THE 15th NOVEMBER 2010 (WESTERN AUSTRALIAN TIME)
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!