Contest! Solve a mystery for a chance to win a prize.

New England SCBWI conference is coming up. And in the spirit of all the blog posts on conference etiquette, I decided to run the other way and do something different. Like hold a contest. Original, I know. (Winner must have a mailing address in the United States.)

I had conference on the brain, and I needed a distraction from the dentist appointment casting a black shadow on my week, so I wrote a story. For fun! I wrote it for me. And I wrote it for you.

           Think detective. Think detective. Think detective.



It’s a mystery. Five parts. Posted each day of the week of May 10th.

On Friday, May 14th my story will end with a mystery for you to solve.

What? You want to know the prize? Well, at the conference, I’ll buy a book. I don’t know which one yet, because I haven’t gone to the conference. But it will probably be something I like to read – mystery, humor, paranormal.

On Monday, May 17th, I will post the solution to the mystery where everything will be explained  book prizes and twitter clues. On Tuesday the 18th, I’ll post the solution and the winners. Yay!

IMPORTANT: Through out the week, I will Twitter random facts about the characters and story that may or may not be clues. You can follow me on Twitter.  

If you want to follow my blog, and then blog or twitter about this contest that would be terrific. 

This is about having fun.

Pull out your detective hats and your magnifying glass and get ready for Monday!


21 Responses to Contest! Solve a mystery for a chance to win a prize.

  1. Talli Roland May 7, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Oh, what a great idea for a contest! Thanks!

  2. Heather Kelly May 7, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    I’m IN!! I’m IN. I love mysteries, and prizes!!

    Yay Laura!! Yay NESCBWI!!

  3. Kris May 7, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    So very cool, Laura. Great idea!

  4. Laura May 7, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Thanks guys! You can put as much time into figuring out the mystery as you want, or just enough time to read my blog posts. It’s up to you!

  5. Tina Lee May 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    Cool, Laura! What a fun idea!

  6. Laura Marcella May 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    Sounds like fun! I can’t wait to solve your story’s mystery next week!

    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, Laura!!!

  7. Sherrie Petersen May 7, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Wow, sounds like you’ve got quite the plan up your sleeve!

  8. Laura May 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    Tina – Thanks!

    Laura – Thanks too. I didn’t realize it was Mother’s Day until yesterday!

    Sherrie – I just needed to have fun. I had fun writing the mystery. I’m having fun coming up with twitter clues. For some reason, I’m craving fun this week. Whether anyone else thinks I’m funny or not. 🙂 You can laugh at me or with me. 🙂

  9. marcia May 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    What a great contest idea!

  10. Kristin Gray May 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    Great idea, Laura! So glad to hear your sister is okay. I don’t think I’m following you on twitter. Will see to that. 🙂

  11. Karen Lange May 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm #

    Sounds like fun! 🙂

  12. Karen May 8, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    Oooh, this will be fun. Loves mysteries. Great contest concept!

  13. Jackee May 8, 2010 at 4:27 am #

    How fun and exciting! I don’t Twitter, but I’ll participate however I can (and put it in my sidebar).

    Have a great weekend and good luck at the NE SCBWI!

  14. Laura May 8, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    And even if you don’t Twitter, I believe you can go to my profile page and see my tweets.

    Thanks everyone!

  15. Lisa and Laura May 9, 2010 at 1:50 am #

    Oh my gosh, so FUN! Can’t wait to see how this goes for you because we were hoping to run similar contests to promote LIAR SOCIETY once it’s out next year. We’d really like to make the book sort of interactive….you’ll have to send us some tips once this is all over! We’ll definitely be watching closely.

  16. Laura May 9, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    I have no idea how this will turn out. It might just be me laughing at things that I find humorous. And that’s okay. Laugh with me. Laugh at me. Think – omg, this is so not the way to hold a contest. I’m cool.

    My daugher proof read the mystery for me and said, “This totally has your writer’s voice, mom.”

    She made my day. 🙂


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