Contest Time!

With WorldCon (the World Science Fiction Convention) just three weeks away, I’m in a festive mood.

Although I won’t personally be attending, I’m excited about the Hugo and Sidewise Awards, which will both be announced in Chicago. In 2011, Alan Smale’s novella, ‘A Clash of Eagles,’ from my anthology Panverse Two, won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. This year, two novellas from Panverse Three are up for Awards: for the Hugo, Ken Liu’s ‘The Man Who Ended History,’ and, for the Sidewise, Jason Stoddard’s ‘Orion Rising.’

In celebration and anticipation of the awards, then, I’m going to give away some prizes of my own: a free, signed copy of my novella anthology, Panverse Three, and a free, detailed critique of a manuscript or WIP up to 5,000 words. This is a random drawing, and you will not be put on any lists, or have your information divulged. All you have to do to be eligible is:

WIN A FREE CRITIQUE*: Leave a comment below.

WIN A PRINT COPY OF PANVERSE THREE SIGNED BY THE EDITOR (me)**: just go to  the Panverse website and use the contact form (click Category: Contest, or use Contest as the subject line, and include the word, ‘Anthology’).

The contest will be open until Midnight PST Tuesday,  August 14th. Winners will be announced on my blog and on the Panverse Facebook page the following day, Wednesday August 15th.

* Critique: manuscript must be Science Fiction or Fantasy (all subgenres included); length up to 5,000 words, or the first 5,000 words of a longer work. Critique will consist of a ‘macro’ overview as well as inline comments. Winner may transfer critique prize to a friend or relative.

** Panverse Three (Trade paperback): Prize includes Priority Mail postage US/Int’l.

Good luck!


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42 responses to “Contest Time!

  1. Thanks for offering this contest. Count me in! And good luck to your anthology.

  2. Paula

    Congratulations! What a wonderful and generous offer for us writer wannabes. Please throw my name in the virtual hat.

  3. Best of luck with the awards! I enjoyed all of the stories in the anthology, but Liu’s in particular.

    Please sign me up for the contest–thank you!

  4. A. M. Sligar

    Oh, man, could I use a good critique! Jope you knoick thier socks off at the awards.

  5. Congrats, good luck, and thanks for the contest! 🙂

  6. Mark Chick

    Thanks for the opportunity. Count me in and best of luck to you.

  7. Patrick

    Sure, what the hell, count me in

  8. Sure, I am game. I had someone refer you to me from Santa Cruz, so I’ll throw my hat in

  9. Alexandra

    Awesome, count me in, please! Thanks for offering such great prizes!

  10. Rowena

    May your good fortune be mine.
    Thank you for this contest and good luck at WorldCon!

  11. That’s awesome. Thank you!

  12. What a great competition and prize. Please count me in!

  13. Good luck to everyone who’s in so far, and thanks for entering! I want you *all* to win 🙂

  14. Lisa Iriarte

    Count me in, please!


  15. Thanks for offering such generous prizes.

  16. rachelc6

    Bravo, sir!

  17. Oh, yes, please, put my name in the hat.

  18. Noel Hoffmann

    Thanks for the opportunity and good luck everybody!

  19. Tania

    That is awesome. Congratulations and thanks for the great offer.

  20. I’d love a critique. What a great contest idea.

  21. What a fantastic contest! Thanks for this and good luck!

  22. Lin Barrett

    Yes, please! Thanks for offering this!

  23. Good luck to Panverse 3!! (And yeah, I won’t like, I’d totally love to win the critique!)

  24. What a great contest! Thanks and crossing fingers for the random generator. Good luck.

  25. Adrian

    What a great prize. Congrats and count me in! 🙂

  26. How exciting! I definitely want to enter. Thanks for stopping by my blog by the way.

  27. BTW, your link to the Panverse contact page is broken. You have it as a relative link, so the browser turns it into

  28. Guess I should start writing again if I want 5k worth of words.

  29. Silvia

    Congratulations! And thank you for the great opportunity!

  30. Wow! Contests and good luck!

  31. Thanks all so far, and keep ’em coming! 🙂 (Note: comments are moderated; if by any chance yours doesn’t appear by the next day, please repost… in very rare cases, the spam can eats one!)

  32. Congrats on the nominations! Good luck!

  33. What a fun way to celebrate! I’ll be crossing my fingers. *clicks to enter*
    Best of luck to Ken Liu and Jason Stoddard, too.

  34. Wow, what a fantastic opportunity! Thank you.

    *entered and crossing fingers*

  35. Hooray for festive Dario! Hooray for prizes! Good luck to Panverse 3!

    *clicks to enter*


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