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Monday, May 25, 2009

Contest: QueryTracker Blackout Survival Stories!

Okay, my QT-patooties! Our Anniversary Carnival is in full swing now, building towards the big winner announcements all next week.

And it's time for another contest and another chance to win fabulous prizes.

First, the details:

As you all know, last week-- just after our Carnival festivities kicked off-- we were suddenly faced with the longest server outage in QueryTracker history. Now, service interruptions are rare to begin with, so such a long outage during our big Carnival celebration was an unexpected twist, for sure.

For almost 36 hours, 15,000+ innocent members of the writing community were forced to muddle through without access to QueryTracker or the Rallystorm forums. Some folks gathered here on the blog, some tweeted their withdrawal symptoms, but somehow we all survived.

A few folks sent us some entertaining emails about their coping (or lack thereof). Which gave us an idea.

So now's your chance you use that drama and add some of your own.

That's right, for this contest we're asking the QTers to compose a one-paragraph creative essay describing how they survived the downtime.

The contest will be open today, May 26th, through Saturday May 30th. You can access the entry form here (Free QueryTracker.net membership is required to enter the contest).

Entries will be judged on originality and humor. Winners will be announced June 3rd and will receive the following amazing prizes:

1st prize: A query critique from agent Lindsay Davis of Writer's House
2nd prize: One Year QT Premium Membership
3rd prize: Steve Weber's Plug Your Book: Online Book Marketing for Authors

And everyone who participates will receive another entry in the Grand Prize Drawing for a chance to win a custom-designed website from Purple Squirrel Web Design.

H. L. Dyer, M.D. writes women's fiction and works as the Clinical and Academic Director for the Hospitalist Program at a pediatric teaching hospital near Chicago. In addition to all things literary, she enjoys experimental cooking and composing impromptu parodies to annoy close friends and family. Click to visit her personal blog, Trying to Do the Write Thing.


Gedin said...

This is soooooo much fun. I’m glad I joined up. I love exercising my writing muscle.

Rachelle Christensen said...

I'm lovin' this carnival. Fun, fun!
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