😦 It’s dark and it’s cold and it’s time for me to have a little moan…
Back in August 2010, I came third in an on-line short story competition, run by a British chick-lit writer. I was thrilled to be placed in a competition that had attracted a fair number of entries and which had been judged by some writers that I really admire. It was great to see my story printed on her blog and I looked forward to receiving my prize: a signed copy of one of her books and £25 of book vouchers.
Nothing came. I waited and waited.
2 (polite and evenly-spaced) reminder emails later, I have, today, received the paperback, duly signed by the author, with an apology for the fact that it has taken so long (five months).
And there was no mention of the £25 book tokens. Am I supposed to just forget about those? Sigh. Another (perhaps not quite so polite) email beckons….
It’s taken the shine off my prize. Maybe it’s me, but I think, if you run a competition – and enjoy all the publicity and attention that it attracts – then the least you can do is ensure the winners get their prizes.
Which is what I have been trying to do, with my competition – the one I ran before Christmas. But, it’s proving difficult! I still have the books! And not because I decided not to award them after all, but, rather disappointingly, because I can’t contact the winner, Tim Pope!
If I haven’t heard from Tim by 31st January 2011 (and if you know him, could you give him a nudge, please?) then I will be re-drawing the prize! So, all of you who ‘qualified’ by leaving a comment on the blog before 15th December, one of you could still get your clutches on those books! Watch this space….