from Sandra's blog:
Next week, we will launch the Cozy Noir contest. What is cozy noir, you ask?
Well, guess what? We need a definition.
And that's where the pre-contest contest comes in.
Here's the idea. Noir stories, unusual protagonists. Now, conversely, I suppose cozy noir could also be cozy stories with unusual protagonists. Of course, being the sickos we are, we were thinking of the first definition. If you're a bit hazy on subgenre definitions, check out the subgenre guide.
So, here's the deal. I need your tag line and definition. How would you describe Cozy Noir?
Email me at email@example.com and give me your suggestion. Say "Cozy Noir Definition" in the subject line please so I don't miss it. If anybody emails, on Thursday, I'll post the top contenders and let you, the reading public, vote for the winner.
This is when we find out that only two people read my blog, and my mother-in-law is one of them.
The winner will get their choice of a $10 amazon gift certificate or a copy of the Spinetingler Anthology with my signature in it. Or I'll buy you a drink at a conference if I'm going to see you in person. Or maybe the prize would be having me NOT buy you a drink and leave you in peace. I'm easy.
Which substantially increases the value. Not. But the anthology does have this really cool short story in it by Stuart MacBride.
And here's the inside scoop on the contest. Stories can be submitted between June 21 and September 5 - stories submitted before or after will not be considered. You will need to check the next issue and follow the submission guidelines.
And we're cutting it off at 100 entries. Which is why knowing now is a bit of an edge, because it gives you one extra week to get those creative juices flowing.
No editing on the contest, so take the time to polish your entry. There will be one or two sample stories in the next issue of Spinetingler so that you have an idea of exactly what we mean.
And prizes? Well, publication in our Winter Issue and an autographed book. No, you don't get an autographed book by each author, but you get at least one book, maybe more. We will have autographed books by Mark Billingham, Anne Frasier, Simon Kernick, JA Konrath, Stuart MacBride, Ian Rankin, Cornelia Read, JD Rhoades, David Skibbons and Duane Swierczynski. Some will be ARC's of their next works, some will be UK copies of books not yet released in the US.