We just can’t get over how many truly remarkable stories we received for the first ever Lulu Short Story Contest.
Our panel of 25 judges carefully read through the 2000+ submissions, picked their favorite, then read it out loud to the rest of the judges. From there, judges voted on which stories they liked the best from the readings and tallied the results until there were three clear winners with the most votes. Your stories made us laugh, made us tear up, and some of the judges even got into literary debates over their favorites that lasted for days on end (no, really).
It was amazing to see everyone take such a passionate interest in our authors’ work. I can’t express enough how hard it was to pick just three finalists. But, we had to…SO! Without further ado (and because the suspense is killing me)…here are the winners of the Lulu Short Story Contest:
1ST PLACE WINNER:
The Red Boots by Poornima Ram Kiram
Barnes and Noble NOOK
A review in Shelf-Unbound Magazine
Free Lulu Publicity
2ND PLACE WINNER:
Grass by Charles D. Shell
$250 and a Barnes and Noble NOOK™:
3RD PLACE WINNER:
Revenge by Gail Kavanagh
$100 Gift Card to Barnes and Noble
If you didn’t win, don’t let it get you down. So many of the stories were so excellent and hey, now you have an eBook version of your story and your name out in the world for millions of readers to see. All just because you believed in yourself. Neat huh?!?
You can take that shiny new eBook of yours and promote it this holiday too for what we’re calling Download Day. We did some research and figured out that December 26th is the highest traffic shopping day for eBook sales – much like “Black Friday” in November. So, we’re throwing a good old-fashioned author sales contest for Download Day and the author who sells the most copies of their eBook on December 26th, 2011 – even if you sell your eBook for free – will win a Barnes and Noble NOOK and $100 off coupon good for anything on Lulu.
Learn more about Download Day, the highest traffic buying day for digital content on the Lulu blog here. And thank you again so very much for helping make the Lulu Short Story Contest such a success. Due to popular demand, we’ll soon be posting a full list of all 2,000+ submissions to the contest for everyone to read and we plan to publish an anthology featuring all the semi-finalists and three winners for all to enjoy. More details on that to come soon.
All the best this holiday from Lulu.