UPDATE: WRITER UNBOXED’S CONTEST, CONTEST IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED! THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED. KATH AND I WILL BE NARROWING THINGS DOWN TO THE “TOP TEN.” STAY TUNED FOR PHASE THREE, WHERE YOU WILL VOTE ON THE WINNER.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThanks to the ultra-generosity of Alice Pope and the Writer’s Digest staff, I have in my possession a full set of Writer’s Market guides worth over $150.00 to give away to some lucky person.

Included in the set will be one copy of each of these newly updated guides:

  • Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition 2008, which comes with a ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to WritersMarket.com

  • Guide to Literary Agents 2008

  • Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2008

  • Poet’s Market 2008

  • Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2008

    What have you got to do to get these delicious tomes on your very own office shelf? Here’s what:

    Make up a word. Or two. Or ten. Shakespeare made up something like 500 of them, so we believe you can make up at least one.

    Enter as often as inspiration strikes.

    Post your made-up word here in the comments section along with a definition. Here’s an example of something you can’t use, for inspiration:

    Inoculatte:
    To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

    It doesn’t have to be funny, but making us smile and laugh won’t hurt you either.

    Contest ends September 14th at midnight (EST).

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAfter we’ve had time to peruse the words, we’ll narrow the entries down to our top ten. And then YOU’LL vote on the winner.

    Winner takes all.

    Because of the bulk of this prize, we’re going to limit entrants to people within the continental U.S. (Hey, if you’re outside of the continental U.S. and still want to enter for kicks, be our guest. But unless you have an aunt in Texas or Missouri or something, or a friend in Colorado who can claim your package for you, please don’t expect to win. Sorry.)

    Final rule: If this word is found in any urban dictionary or anywhere else on the ‘net, it won’t make the top-ten list and certainly won’t win. Double check your entry before submitting.

    Oh, yeah, and if a flood of people don’t try for this, Kath and I are officially besmugifying the lot of you from our WU will. (Ahem. Besmugify: to smear away with a thumb slathered in virgin olive oil.)

    Please help us spread the word. Thanks!

    Have a question? Ask! And good luck to all.

    About Therese Walsh

    Therese Walsh co-founded Writer Unboxed in 2006. Her second novel, The Moon Sisters, was published in March. Her debut, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, sold to Random House in a two-book deal in 2008, was named one of January Magazine’s Best Books, and was a Target Breakout Book. She's never been published with a lit magazine, but LOST's Carlton Cuse liked her Twitter haiku best and that made her pretty happy.