2009 Year-End Prize Giveaway Bonanza!

It’s time for the second annual year-end prize giveaway bonanza™! Last year’s winner went on to publish a debut novel with two starred reviews, move uptown, and learn ballet.  What good fortune awaits this year winner, only time will tell, but so far every single winner of this honor has gone on to have extraordinary success in the following year. Coincidence? Perhaps. But, on the other hand, do you want to snub opportunity?

Speaking of opportunity, our awards committee have been really knocking themselves out over the holidays to assemble this extraordinary collection:

1. An advanced review copy of Mamba Point, which most people can’t even read until it’s officially released in July.
2. A small Liberian flag which you can keep on your desk so your friends can mistake it for a the Texan flag, which actually looks different, but which people often think it is anyway.
3. A toy snake that is more cute than scary.
4. A recipe for mushroom soup.
5. A picture of a pig with a toy pail, both important characters in my third novel, hand-drawn by me.

In addition to this bounty, a donation made by my lovely wife in your name to MN-SNAP (an organization that has nothing to do with Minnesotans snarking on other states and everything to do with curbing pet overpopulation so that every puppy, kitten, bunny and hedgehog has a forever home).

All you have to do to win is leave a comment (using a real email address in the email address field, which will only be seen by me) so I can contact you if your name is drawn from my faux-fur winter hat that everyone makes fun of by Elwyn* on Sunday, January 3, 2010.

Posting this to your own blog, Facebook, or Twitter will not increase your mathematical odds of winning, but will greatly increase your karma towards winning. What I’m saying is, I can’t track down who really did do that stuff, but please do!

*Last year’s winner was selected by Charlotte, our paper-abscombing kitty who we celebrate today for having lived in our fold for one year. Due to suspicious aspects of last year’s contest, we have retired Charlotte from her duties and elected Elwyn, a very nice pig, to do the honors.

26 thoughts on “2009 Year-End Prize Giveaway Bonanza!

  1. Beth — should you win, it is yours to do with as you see feet.
    Marianne — you’ve known me since people used Usenet, is all that needs to be said. I think pterodactyls crossed the sky and we were both in pre-school.
    Kassie — it’s actually Angela’s recipe, but you bet.

  2. Ordinarily I don’t enter contests if the toy snake prize ISN’T scary, but darn, I want to read your new book, so I’ll swallow my pride. Count me in!

  3. UNSOLICITED TESTIMONIAL: Last year’s winner here. It’s true: Winning this contest changed my life. I used to be the kind of guy who got sand kicked in his face at the beach. Now I never go to the beach: Problem solved! I just sit around, contendedly pawing through my pile of prizes from Kurtis (or Sca-loot-ta, as like to call it).

    • You mean slop, Jon. A pig is doing the honors this year. Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to take a moment to appreciate the beautiful banner graphics.

  4. Please include me too — I’d love to win a copy of your book! (I don’t need the cat; we’ve got one just like her. But how great that you wife and her group are working to cull animal populations — we’re doing that too, albeit in North Cyprus.)

    Hope the time differences haven’t reduced my chances. (And I agree with Mike: you could make my snake scary and it would be all the better. )

  5. I have any number of brothers and nephews that would enjoy the snake but I would rather get them hooked on the book!! *laugh*

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