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Contest 2012: Results

Yes, finally, here are the results of Contest 2012. Yet again everybody has delighted me with funny, creative, off-the-wall entries. This year the contest had more submissions than ever. Thanks to everybody who took part.

The photograph was taken by Jim Urquhart for Reuters. And while a strong proportion of entries placed the action in China, Japan, or Brazil, the photo was taken at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada.

Before I announce the two runners up and the winner, here’s a nod to a few other entries that made me laugh. It’s too bad the new novel doesn’t have room for a jolly bus plunge that would allow me to add everybody as a character. In lieu of driving you all off a cliff, here’s a tip of the hat to jpaubrey, jack hrusoff, Jason, YouBredRaptors?, Pop Culture Nerd, Linda, Rich, Doug Moring, Susan, Mark Dobson, DJ Paterson, Rachel Pope, and Ron.

Now, the results.

Runners up: These two entrants will each receive a signed copy of one of my novels.

I believe I’m a fly, I believe I can touch the sky….!

When Ferd Bismuth unexpectedly found himself thrust amongst several battle-hardened Samurai, he knew he’d have to turn to desperate measures to ensure that he’d be…
“….stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha,
Stayin’ alive.
Stayin’ alive.
Ah, ha, ha, ha,
Stayin’ aliiiiiiive…”

Winner: We have a tie. Both these entrants will have a character named after them in The Shadow Tracer:

Coffey Kin:
Of all of the tropical diseases his doctor warned him of before his once-in-a-lifetime trip to Bali, Irving swore she never once mentioned Disco Fever.

Two Words: Bling Dynasty.


Yes, I am judging Contest 2012

… And the results will be announced soon. In the meantime, to mollify you, here’s the latest news from Burien, Washington, which rubs up next to Kitsap County.

Wanted Man Fires Up Meth Pipe After Police Chase.

Well, after leading police cars through Sea-Tac airport with your wife screaming in the passenger seat, how else does a smooth dude celebrate?

Contest 2012: the judging begins

Contest 2012 is now closed. Many thanks to everybody who entered. Your entries have been thoughtful, funny, and off the wall — just what I wanted. Reading them, I’ve laughed out loud more than once.

And now I will sequester myself in my garage with a dartboard and a bottle of gin read through them all to select the winner and two runners up.

Results in a few days.

Reminder: Enter Contest 2012

Contest 2012 has four more days to run. You have until midnight GMT on November 5th to enter. Go on. Win books, or have a character named after you in my next novel.

Contest 2012.

Contest 2012

Announcing my sixth annual contest. It’s time for the 2012 Peebles Award competition.

The winner will have a character named after him or her in my next novel.

For the chance to be immortalized — or perhaps mortalized — in The Shadow Tracer:

In 200 words or fewer, explain what’s going on in the photo above.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. GMT, Monday November 5th.

Leave your answers in the comments section below.

As usual:

Brevity gets bonus points. Making me laugh gets bonus points. Referencing blog topics and my fiction gets bonus points. You may enter as often as you wish. Previous winners may enter, on the understanding that if they win (no guarantee, because I want to encourage new entries), they will nominate a friend or relative to become a character in the new novel.

My decision will be megalomaniacal, capricious, and final. Two runners-up will each get a signed copy of one of my novels, or (if you’re willing to wait until next year) the new book.

Good luck.

(Photo: REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)