FINALISTS, FINALISTS! And Your Turn to Vote.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThanks to everyone who participated in Writer Unboxed’s CONTEST, CONTEST!

Kath and I enjoyed this word-creation contest even more than our Alphasmart contest, if that’s possible. Each of the over 200 words submitted had a unique bent, but we had to choose just ten finalists. Our process? We alphabetized all the entries, sans reference to their owners, so there was no potential for bias. Then we eliminated any words found in the online urban dictionaries or that were being used gratuitously on the ‘net, and gave props to entries that were 100% unique and 101% inspired.

(We’ll post the complete list sometime soon and acknowledge honorable mentions.)

Now we need everyone’s help to help decide who gets the big prize.

At stake: a set of fabulous market guides:

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

  • Guide to Literary Agents 2008

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

  • Poet’s Market 2008

  • Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2008

    (Insert drumroll here.)


    1. Appause (noun): the awkward moment in a poetry reading when the audience doesn’t know whether they should clap or not

    2. Curbudgeon (noun): a cranky shopper who cuts you off in the checkout line

    3. Dreamacidal (Adjective): pertaining to dreamacide, or the killing of a dream by another, esp. a parent, teacher, mentor, colleague or critic
    “The newest member of our writing group is particularly dreamacidal in his critiques.”

    4. Fretiting: worrying about your edits

    5. Philanthrantasy (n.): the hope, usually unrealistic, that some anonymous rich person will donate a lot of money to you

    6. Premature e-queriation: sending an e-query before your manuscript is ready

    7. Pythong: a really tight thong usually worn by a man

    8. Schizofriendic: the person you make friends with before you realize they are annoying/insane, and by that time, it’s too late…you can’t get rid of them
    “When Sally showed up at my house at 3 a.m. wanting me to bake a cake with her, I realized that she just might be Schizofriendic.”

    9. Tangified: overuse of self-tanner
    “After being asked repeatedly if she glowed in the dark, Molly realized being tangified wasn’t as great as she had originally believed.”

    10. Vocal point (noun): a person who seeks to become the center of attention through excessive talking

    And now for the VOTING RULES: Vote now, but DON’T vote often – only one vote per person and/or URL. Voting ends Sunday at midnight, EST.

    Thanks to all who submitted unique creations and used their personal blog horns to help spread word of the contest for us. We had tons of fun (fon?).

    Write on, all!


    About Therese Walsh

    Therese Walsh co-founded Writer Unboxed in 2006. Her second novel, The Moon Sisters, was named a Best Book of 2014 by Library Journal and BookRiot. 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.

  • Comments

    1. josh says

      #7 4 eva. although the definition should be changed to read “a constrictive thong usually worn by a man”

    2. Maura says

      Without a doubt, my pick is #3

      I wonder how many thousands of times it has happened to our youth (and adults too!)

    3. Michelle says

      Do I have to pick just one? Tough choice, ladies.

      I like dreamacidal, appause, or philanthrantasy, but if I have to pick just one, it’s dreamacidal.

    4. Kinta says

      #7 – Pythong! It brings up all sorts mental images of Borat and his “swimsuit” – i think it must be a “pythong”.

    5. Nancy says

      #10 Vocal point-I seem to know lots of folks that need that T-shirt that says “Help, I’m talking and I can’t shut up!”

    6. Brandy F. says

      #8 most def!!! Who hasn’t known at least one person who fits this description, I mean come on!!! lol I think we have a winner!

    7. Catherine Seda says

      python. it’s not just a runner-up, or a bum deal. Although it is, isn’t it? Python gets my vote.

    8. Cassie says

      I read that and have been speading it around work like wild fire, there are so many schizofriendics out there!!!!!!

    9. Pamela says

      Pythong! The constrictive comment above was great.

      My schizofriendic neighbor modeled his pythong at the block party–we didn’t know he was so tangified!