Contests

Make a Vote for Yourself: The Best Book Award Opportunities

2010_nba_winnerOne of our authors recently shared quite a long list of awards for self-published authors. Her action inspired us to qualify that list and find the best awards where our authors can submit their books for consideration. We’ve compiled that list for you and attached it here. It includes information on award deadlines, fees, contacts, when it will be announced and information to help you determine if your book will qualify (like publication dates).

We love the books you create – you’ve poured your heart and soul into them (never mind the countless hours) and we want to make it easier on you to have your hard work recognized.

Our qualification process was based on three primary pieces: currently accepting submissions, valid opportunity for independent authors and ensuring the award carries some weight and weren’t just a scam. Unfortunately the third part disqualified many on our list, as is seems there are (sadly) several companies that just host book festivals/awards to make a profit. For an interesting read, you should check out “Awards Profiteering: The Book Festival Empire of JM Northern Media” from the Writer Beware blog.

Most of these submissions are really easy – there are no long submission forms to fill out. Essentially, you submit a nominal fee and send your book in for review. Your work will stand for itself and hopefully will be recognized as the crème de la crème.

Our list of awards is extensive, but let us know if you are aware of others, what your experience with these awards has been and if you’ve taken home awards for any of your books.

We hope to see your book win soon!

Download the complete award list here.

Sonnet Contest for Valentine’s Day

Today we challenge you, our Lulus fair
To write sonnets for your sweet Valentines
That speak of love in tone so debonair
So as to woo our judge to pick your lines

To enter, post your verses here below.
Submit by Monday, February 18th to win.
Please keep them family friendly (this you know)
On Tuesday, then, the judging will begin.

The winner gets 100 Lulu bucks.
So wax poetic now and charm your dear
To blush and swoon and say to you “Aw, shucks!
Now your affection for me is quite clear.”

And now we turn the floor over to you.
So Happy Valentine’s Day from Lulu.

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02.20.2013 Update:

Congrats to Scottt Raven, the winner of the Valentine’s Day Sonnet Contest. To check out more of his sonnets, check out his website and his eBook.

Congratulations to the “What Are You Thankful For?” Contest Winner Tasha Scott

Sometimes a few simple words can make all the difference. That’s what your “What are you thankful for?” comments did for us today. As an office we want to thank you for your comments because they invigorate us and remind us of how important our work here is. We are so proud to support each of you on your personal journeys and through your personal struggles. Thank you for sharing such thoughtful and candid messages about what you’re thankful for. Each of your comments touched us and inspired us.

We’d like to congratulate Tasha Scott, who we have selected to win $100 to spend on Lulu.com for her comment that is featured below:

“I am thankful for the mental fortitude to go out and pursue my dreams. The self-awareness to measure what is attainable and what is not attainable for me. I am then doubly thankful that I have found true happiness in whatever circumstances that I find when I wake up the next morning. It makes life so interesting to know that I get only what is meant or me. It keeps me deliriously happy and content.”

And, of course, every day is a good day to reflect on what you’re thankful for, so feel free to post more comments on that theme at any time in the year.

What Are You Thankful For?

I’ll keep this short and sweet so that you can get back to your family, food and festivities. We’re asking a simple, but important question: WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

In five sentences, answer this question in the comments below for the chance to win $100 to spend at Lulu.com. A team of Lulu judges will select our favorite entry and award the winner at our sole discretion. We will accept entries until 11:59 pm EST on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. We will announce the winner on our blog by 6 pm EST on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.

We hope you will enjoy writing your entry and reflecting what you are thankful for. For what it counts, we are incredibly thankful for you, the creators of the world.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Mark your calendar with inspiration for 2013

Alert! There’s only one more page on my calendar. I’ve already hit the dilemma that there’s no page in my calendar for me to scribble down exciting things that I have planned for 2013, which means that it’s high time for me to create my 2013 calendar.

For me – someone who lives and dies by her calendar – creating my calendar is a very important process for me. It’s a chance for me to reflect on what my goals are for the coming year and to select pictures that will keep me motivated and remind me of what’s important to me.

So, what’s important to me? Travel, family, fun, charitable giving and my local community. So, these are what I highlight in the pictures I select for my calendar. Seeing these pictures each day beside my desk keeps me motivated and brings a smile to my face as I recall each memory.

Earlier this season we invited local North Carolina groups to create calendars that reflect the things that will motivate them in 2013. Below we’ve highlighted four participants who are in the running to win $1000 based on most calendar sales by the end of the year. What I love about these examples is how they reflect the same things that I hold dear: supporting local food and communities, having fun, supporting charitable causes, promoting good health and celebrating a love of reading.

The Freebooksy Bookish Quirks Calendar celebrates readers by pointing out funny things that we readers do or think. In short, it’s a collection of quirks from bookish people!

This 2013 calendar showcases some of the many talents our amazing instructors here at Cirque de Vol have and love to share with the community!

Calendar featuring selected images from Cafe Helios in Raleigh, NC.

Mental Image is giving 20% of all profits to the Help April Breathe Easy Foundation. Body Painters include Tiffany Bickler, Emily Wagner, Emilio Jeffries, and Lisa Snead. We are using our healthy body’s to stop this disease.

 

These are just four great examples of calendar ideas. We hope you found some inspiration here. Calendars make great holiday gifts and they are also a way for your company, group, organization or charity to raise some money. If you do decide to create a calendar in order to raise some money, here are a few tips for marketing and selling your calendar:

1. Announce it on your Facebook page. Be sure to include a link to your calendar.
2. Write a blog post about your organization’s goals, motivations and commitments for 2013 and explain how your calendar reflects those. Be sure to include a link to your calendar.
3. Link to the calendar from your website.
4. Order some copies of your own calendar and sell them at the register or at events.
5. Link to your calendar in your newsletter

What are your motivations for 2013? Have you created your calendar yet?

Congratulations to Lulu’s Family Photos for the Holidays contest winners

The nation is picking more than a chief executive this week. More than 1,500 votes have been tallied to determine the winners of Lulu’s Family Photos for the Holidays contest. And the results come with a clear mandate: more family togetherness! And if it can’t happen in person, photos are the next best thing.

A huge, holiday hug to everyone who entered, and a special congrats to our three winners:

  • Jill Kathan took first prize with a shot titled “Blessed to Have Met Many Generations” featuring a lucky granddaughter being doted on by her grandpa, great great uncles and a great uncle/third cousin.  Jill will make sure her family remains close with the first prize package of a Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera and DIGIC 4 Imaging, plus a $500 ‘creator’s credit’ to redeem at Lulu to create photo books and/or calendars.
  • Patricia Mozdzen of Dearborn Heights, MI took second prize with “40 Years Married, 3 Generations, & Counting,” celebrating a momentous occasion for one loving couple punctuated by the presence of their children and grandchild. Patricia and family will stay in close contact via her prize:two Google Nexus 7 tablets and $200 to use at Lulu to make a photo book and/or calendar.
  • Sus Raghu took third prize with “Love Is, Above All, The Gift Of Oneself,” a gorgeous photo capturing a tender moment between granddaughter and elderly grandmother. Sus wins a $100 gift card to Target plus $100 to spend at Lulu on photo books and calendars.

Again, thanks, everyone, for sharing the love!  And stay tuned for more contests and chances to share your stories.

Last Day To Enter To Win Family Photo Contest

It’s the final day to submit photos to Lulu’s Family Photos for the Holidays contest to win a Canon Rebel T3i Camera (worth $650), 2 Google Nexus 7 Tablets, Target gift cards and Lulu bucks. After peaking at the submissions that have come in so far, we have to admit we’ve had a few “aaaawwwwww!!!” moments that make us all want to rush to the phone and call our relatives to remind them that we love them and miss them.

This whole contest idea got started when a fellow Lunatic made a photo book of her son’s Little League pictures as a gift for his coach. You really realize the power of a photograph when you see a big burly guy like him tear up as he leafs through the pages.