Crossing the Streams 2014: A massive, multi-author contest

"Crossing_the_Streams"Hey, folks. Welcome to "Crossing the Streams 2014," a flippin’ huge, multi-author book giveaway! Some of you are familiar with this concept, as we’ve run this once before; for others, this’ll be the first time. Either way, here’s what’s what:

I, and roughly twenty other speculative fiction writers (give or take)–mostly novelists, but some short story and comic writers as well–have thrown in together to create something huge for you guys.

Here’s how it works:

Each individual author involved is running a contest on his/her own site. The specific details vary from author to author; the contest I run on my site might be very different than the one on James’s site, or Marcy’s site.

However, each contest has a few details in common. Specifically, each of us will select two winners from the contest on our own site. Each of those winners will receive one signed book, free, from the author whose contest they won. So, for instance, if you win here, you’ll win one of my books. If you win on Paul’s site, you’ll win one of his, etc.

But… that’s not the big prize. Once the contests have ended, all the authors involved will get together and choose one single "super-winner" from all the entries on all our sites combined. This one lucky individual will receive a signed book, free, from each and every one of the authors involved.

Yep. Somebody out there’s going to win around twenty free books.

You can only enter each author’s contest once, but you may enter multiple contests. So you could enter here, on Matt’s site, on Jason’s site, etc. Heck, you can enter on everyone’s site, if you want. (And even if you aren’t selected as the "super winner," you might win more than one of the individual contests. You never know.)

You can find a complete list of the authors involved, as well as links to their sites, below. But first…

How to Enter Ari’s Contest

Again, these are just the rules for my contest. The rules for entry on other authors’ sites might be very different.

But for me, it’s really simple. All you have to do is go to my contact page, and send me an e-mail using the contact form on that page. Your entry must come via this form, not by any other method or e-mail. You must change the subject line to read "Crossing the Streams."

In the body of the e-mail, all you have to do is name a villain from sci-fi or fantasy fiction, and tell me why you’d like to read a story told from that villain’s, rather than the hero’s, point of view. (Notice I didn’t say one of my fantasies; any character from any sci-fi or fantasy is acceptable.) You need not go into much detail when you explain why this is the villain whose story you want to see; it can be a single sentence, if that’s all you want to write. Or, you can write a few paragraphs. Whichever you prefer.

I will select two winners. One will be chosen completely at random, so even if you don’t think your explanation is very interesting, don’t worry; you’re still in the running. The other winner will be chosen based on what I think is the most interesting explanation given for a chosen villain.

And of course, everyone who enters is also in the running for the random "super-winner" selection.

Entries must be received between February 19th and March 19th, 2014.

And at least for me, that’s it. Really. 🙂 Easy, no?

Prizes: My two winners, and the super-winner, may choose any one of the following prizes.

The Goblin Corps (trade paperback)

Thief’s Covenant (hardcover)

False Covenant (hardcover)

Lost Covenant (hardcover)

Hot Lead, Cold Iron (trade paperback; this book will be released in May, so delivery of this prize, if chosen, will be delayed a bit, but you will get it)

If you’ve got any questions, please feel free to ask via my contact page.

The Rest of the Gang

As I said, there’s somewhere around twenty of us involved in this. You can find names, and links, below.

But guys? Do me a favor. If you click on over to one or more of these sites, don’t just look at the contest page, okay? Everyone involved in this contest is a great author or artist. If you like my stuff, you’re sure to like at least some of theirs. So take a few minutes. Poke around. See if any of their work intrigues you. Maybe even buy a couple of books. I know they’d all appreciate it, as I certainly would.

(You’ll note that several of the links are nonfunctional or not yet live. Please be patient and keep checking back; they’ll be updated or go live as more people’s contest pages go up.)

Thanks, and good luck. 🙂

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