Monday, January 16, 2012

"Heigh-Ho for a Husband" Contest Announcment! :)

I decided it was high time I hosted another contest on The Inkpen Authoress, and for some time I have had a perfectly splendid idea, if I do say so myself. You see, Valentine's Day is looming large on the horizon. Long has the day been heralded as a day of love. Love letters, love-gifts, professions of love, chocolate, flowers, things along that line. But what is a girl to do when she has no lover of her own? When she is quite single? That would be the question. Some people have even jokingly termed Valentine's Day: "SAD." (Singles Awareness Day)
Such is my case, and the case of many others. Granted, some of you are not of marriageable age, but that is muchly beside the point. So here's the deal. This contest will be a contest of Fiction. You may write a dialog, a poem, or a short story (no more than 4,000 words, please). The theme is Un-Valentined Humor. :) Witty, funny, humorous entries about this plight. After all, it isn't exactly a bad thing to be unmarried, and it doesn't mean that you never will be married. We must laugh at ourselves and other people in the same predicament, and celebrate this humorous time of life! :)
"Thus goes everyone in the world by I, and I am sunburnt. I may sit in a corner and cry 'heigh-ho' for a husband!"
       ~William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing 
You may write about two girls discussing their single state, a romantic comedy where no one ends up married, a parody on a famous romantic poem, etc. The idea is to showcase the themes of Valentine's day from an "un-coupled" person's prospective! :) Have fun with it! (And no, you don't have to be single to enter.)
As always, keep the entries clean and appropriate--I will disqualify anything I deem to the contrary of those scruples. However, I expect nothing but brilliancy from the lot of  you. This "Heigh-Ho for a Husband" Blog Party and Contest will open Wednesday, January 23, 2012, and end on February 14th, 2011.
The rules are as follows:
  • Each entrant may submit one entry for each category: Poetry, Dialog, or Story. Email all submissions to
  • The entries will be judged in their category.  I'll choose one winner from each category, and their entries will be featured on this blog. 
  • Then the winners from those three entries will compete for the Grand Prize Winner. I will be announcing the prize at a later date. :)
This event is not only a contest though--I will be showing excerpts from famous books about being unmarried, scribblings of my own, interviews, and perhaps a giveaway! Also, you will get to read the debut of my one-act dialog: "Thus Goes Everyone in the World But I." :) Please spread the word about this contest, and get your pens poised for scribbling! :) Remember, I will begin accepting entries on January 23, 2012! The contest runs for 3 full weeks. :)
P.S. You may begin writing your entries now--just don't send them before Jan. 23, please!


Miss Dashwood said...

This sounds SO exciting! Now I have to put my head's wheels a-spin...

Anonymous said...

I must start writing immediatly! This is so much fun. i can't wait to read you dialog!

The Brunette in the Kitchen said...

How exciting! I have never approached Valentine's Day from such a point of view before.

Rachel Hope said...

what a neat idea, I shall get to thinking, perhaps I'll enter. I can't wait to see what you have planned.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud said...

I think I'll give this a go. Writing has been rather on the shelf for me lately so it will be good to get my fingers working again. Not to mention my head!!

Peaceful Meadow said...

Ah! Genius on your parody of Shakespeare's poem, excellent! We studied much of his works in university, and that one in particular I always wanted to ready a parody on. I think perhaps I will join this comic adventure. :)

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