Can You Write ‘Blurb’?

There’s a writing competition on a new website I’ve come across: to win an invite to a ‘literary lunch’ (it’s the same competition that’s featured in one of the books I’m giving away  – so even if you don’t win the book, you can still enter!)

The closing date is 30th April 2011 and you have to write a back-cover  ‘blurb’ for one of three classics:  

What is BLURB?

Just in case it’s a term you haven’t come across (it sounds like something lime green and sticky to me), ‘blurb’ is the short summary on the back of a book jacket, giving the reader a flavour of what the book’s about – and hopefully convincing them to buy and read it.  

Your blurb for this competition, according to the website, “should be no more than 125 words and in a contemporary style as if these books were to be published for the first time today.”

They kindly give an example of a blurb of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Remember, you are ‘enticing’ the reader and giving an idea of the story – don’t, whatever you do, give the ending away!

This sounds to me like the perfect excuse to forget Christmas shopping and wallow in one of those books again (‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ being one of my favourite books, I’ll probably go for that one!), all in the name of research. And if anyone asks when dinner’s ready and what you’re doing, you can legitimately look up from the sofa and say, “I am working on my blurb.” (A bit of jargon usually does the trick).   

Get some more details, including all the rules (you have to download the entry form, for example), from the website here.   Just scroll down the page a little and you’ll see it.

Good luck!      

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