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Bedtime Stories Contest

Bedtime stories are the best. They take you to magical kingdoms in faraway lands where, once upon a time, princes and princesses lived fairy tales lives.

If you’ve ever dreamed of writing your own, now is a perfect time to do it.

The folks over at Nature Made Sleep® are holding a Bedtime Stories contest that’s a great chance to show your creativity. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a professional illustration of their story, along with 10 professionally printed copies of their book courtesy of Lulu. In addition, they’ll take home $7,500 in cash, plus a year’s supply of Nature Made Sleep.

It’s easy to enter. Just visit the Bedtime Stories site, where you’ll be led through the simple process of creating and illustrating your bedtime story. Enter your text and drag-and-drop in some colorful illustrations before submitting your story to be entered in our contest. Contest winners will be decided by a combination of number of votes and selections by a panel of judges, so have your friends and family visit the site often to vote for your bedtime story, or visit the site yourself to vote for your favorite story (everyone can vote once a day).

So let your imagination run wild. And don’t let the bedbugs bite.

Meet the Furriest Lulus

Recently, the folks at the Lulu office had a contest to determine who owned the most adorable, absolute cuddliest, most remarkable, fuzzy-faced critter out there. We all love a cute animal, but some of us Lulus take our pets very seriously. We had tons of submissions, and I thought I’d share the winners with our blog readers because they’re just too cute to miss. Feel free to post links to your cutest pet pics in the comments section below.

August Sales Contest – $2750 in Total Prize Winnings!

The August Author Sales Contest is underway and Lulu.com is offering cash prizes and additional exposure to the authors who publish the top 3 most purchased books on Lulu throughout the month of August.  To enter the sales contest, simply register using the email address associated with your Lulu account and get started promoting your book.

Registration is free and all entries must be received no later than August 31, 2010 to be eligible.

Winners and runners-up will also receive

  • Recognition and books highlighted on the contest results page
  • Highlighted in e-mail blast to Lulu authors, and in our newsletter
  • Interview highlighted in Lulu blog

The July Author Sales Contest is Underway

July Author Sales Contest

Interview with Shayla Hawkins: Winner of The John Edgar Wideman Microstory Contest

Shayla HawkinsLast Tuesday, we announced Shayla Hawkins as the winner of The John Edgar Wideman Microstory Contest. Her microstory, “A Test”, was selected to be included in future copies of John Edgar Wideman’s latest book, Briefs.

When I read the announcement that Shayla Hawkins had won the contest, I couldn’t help but wonder who this amazing talent was. And I couldn’t help but think that others might want to get to know her as well. I was ecstatic when she agreed to answer a few questions for the Lulu blog.

What do you do for a living and what do you aspire to do?
I’m a freelance writer and editor, but my dream is to be a successful novelist so that I can write great stories with memorable characters whenever I want, wherever I want. And, although it sounds silly because there’s no money in it, I would love to have books of my poems published, too, since I was introduced to literature by way of my early exposure to poetry (fairy tales, nursery rhymes, Bible stories, etc.), and the love that I developed as a child for the rhythm, rich language and concision of good poetry remains with me to this day.

And the Microstory winner is…

A TEST by Shayla Hawkins

On April 1, John Edgar Wideman invited aspiring writers everywhere to submit their own microstory for possible inclusion in future copies of Briefs. It was a unique way for this literary master to connect with his readers.

The competition was fierce, submissions plenty and the talent overwhelming. But the time has come to announce the winner of The John Edgar Wideman Microstory Contest.

We are pleased to say that Shayla Hawkins’ microstory “A Test” was chosen to be  included in a special edition of Briefs. She will also receive a complimentary signed copy of the book from Wideman. “A Test” is about how even the smallest actions of our mundane daily lives are actually tests that we all pass or fail .

A heart-felt congratulations to Shayla Hawkins and special thanks to all the very talented writers who submitted their microstories.

Wideman Contest Winner to be Named Tuesday

John Edgar WidemanOne thing we’ve learned from the Wideman flash fiction contest: There are many talented writers out there. We’re thrilled to have received a large number of entries for the contest. But that volume of quality work combined with Mr. Wideman’s travel schedule have caused a bit of a delay in announcing a winner.

Check back Tuesday when we will reveal the winning entry. Good luck!

Mother's Day Twitter Giveaway!

We love books. And we love moms. So what better way to combine our two loves than with a Mother’s Day themed book giveaway?
Today through Thursday, we’re giving away one book a day to a lucky Twitter follower who gives the best answer to our tweeted question about Mom. The daily winner will be announced at 8pm EST each day and will be chosen from the tweeted answers of that particular day.
We’re also giving away a Grand Prize on Friday (5/7/10) — a year’s supply of books (that’s 12 free books!). The winner for the Grand Prize will be chosen RANDOMLY from all the tweeted answers of the entire week. The Grand Prize winner will be announced at 8pm EST on Friday.
To take part in our book giveaway, here’s what you need to do:
Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/Luludotcom
Answer each daily question about your Mom
Use the hashtag #LuluMom in your answer
RT our question to your followers for some hilarious twitter dialogue
Remember, there’s no limit on daily tweets. Your chances of winning the Grand Prize increase with each tweeted answer so tweet as much as you can! Be funny and clever – it increases your chances of winning the daily prize and helps us understand why your Mom thinks you are so special.
See? Following us on Twitter really does have its perks!

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We love books. And we love moms. So what better way to combine our two loves than with a Mother’s Day themed book giveaway?

Today through Thursday, we’re giving away one book a day (up to $20 value) to a lucky Twitter follower who gives the best answer to our tweeted question about Mom. The daily winner will be announced at 8pm EST each evening and will be chosen from the tweeted answers of that particular day.

We’re also giving away a Grand Prize on Friday (5/7/10) — a year’s supply of books (that’s 12 free books – a value of $240!). The winner for the Grand Prize will be chosen RANDOMLY from all the tweeted answers of the entire week and will be announced at 8pm EST on Friday.

To take part in our book giveaway, here’s what you need to do:

  • Answer each daily question about your Mom
  • Use the hashtag #LuluMom in your answer
  • RT our question to your followers for some hilarious twitter dialogue

Remember, there’s no limit on daily tweets. Your chances of winning the Grand Prize increase with each tweeted answer so tweet as much as you can! Be funny and clever – it increases your chances of winning the daily prize and helps us understand why your Mom thinks you are so special.

See? Following us on Twitter really does have its perks!

Update on the "Ask. Answer. Win." Contest

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Hello everyone!  I just wanted to give a quick recap of our Ask. Answer. Win. contest.


It’s going great.  We’ve gained a number of new contributors eager to join the conversation. And we’ve had fun rewarding those with a strong presence in our online community.

Our winners for most active posters have been:

Belinda D’ Alessandro

Keith Dixon

Valerie J Long

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Ron Miller

Julie Ann Dawson

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Ken Anderson

Mad Dog Wilson

GiuseppeFurnari

holesinthehills

Jean-Charles
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The John Edgar Wideman Microstory Contest

John Edgar WidemanWith his latest book, Briefs: Stories for the Palm of the Mind, two-time Faulkner award-winning author John Edgar Wideman has broken with tradition to partner with Lulu for greater control over the publishing process and a more direct connection with readers.

Briefs is a masterful collage of “microstories” that challenges assumptions about the genre. With a variety of voices, characters and compass points, Wideman unveils a unique structure—hip-hop Zen—where each story provides a single breath, to be caught, held, shared and savored.

Now Wideman is taking publishing innovation with Lulu one step further. With The John Edgar Wideman Microstory Contest, he’s inviting aspiring writers everywhere to submit their own microstory for possible inclusion in future copies of Briefs. What better way for a literary master to connect with readers than to share space with them in his latest book?

Here are the details: You can learn about Wideman’s storytelling style by getting a copy of Briefs and reading his introduction to microfiction. Then, starting today, submit your own microstory (up to 600 words) to pr@lulu.com. The submission period ends May 1. Anyone can enter. Just summon your creativity and show us your literary prowess in microstory form.

After the contest, Wideman will choose his favorite story. The winning entry will be announced on the Lulu Blog May 14 and include in a special edition of Briefs. The winner will also receive a complimentary signed copy of the book from Wideman.

Have a story to tell? Let us hear your voice and enter the The John Edgar Wideman Microstory Contest for a chance to be published alongside a literary giant.