Photobucket Kath here: reposting to unbury the contest. This year’s entries are EPIC!

ETA#2: There’s only 48 hours left in our hilarious analogies contest.  The prize box continues to fill with great books from our contributors (and other places, shhhh).  You have until Tuesday Aug. 4, 12 a.m. EST to submit your entry. Don’t delay!  
Feeling creative?Witty?

Are you good with wordplay?

Last year’s contest was as fun for us as we think it was for you (memories HERE), so we’d like to try something similar this year.

Inspiration comes from a viral e-mail claiming to be the 25 Funniest Analogies Collected by High School Teachers. Some examples:

  • The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.
  • McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.
  • The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

Good, right? But we know you can do better. Send us your hilarious analogies and each will be considered an entry in our contest. Though we can’t crown a winner outside of the continental US (sorry, shipping can be steep), we encourage everyone who’d like to play to play.

What will you win?

  • Juliet Marillier’s Heir to Sevenwaters
  • Barbara O’Neal’s The Lost Recipe for Happiness
  • Ann Aguirre’s Grimspace
  • Ann Aguirre’s Wanderlust
  • Allison Winn Scotch’s Time of My Life
  • Therese Walsh’s The Last Will of Moira Leahy (galley)
  • Kathleen Bolton’s Confessions of a First Daughter (as Cassidy Calloway, galley)
  • Donald Maass’s The Fire in Fiction
  • Ray Rhamey’s Flogging the Quill, Crafting a Novel that Sells
  • Sophie Masson’s The Secret Army (a cool graphic novel)
  • Rosina Lippi’s The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square
  • assorted surprise goodies
  • the honor of wearing the contest winner’s virtual crown for a year

Interested? Here’s how to play:

1) Type your contest entry in the comment area of THIS post.

2) Submit repeatedly as inspiration strikes. You can continue subbing through Tuesday, Aug. 4. Again, you must use the comment area in this post or your entry will be disqualified.

3) Therese and Kath will choose the top 10 analogies. Bonus points for hilarity and elegance of prose.

4) Then YOU, our WU readers, will get to vote on the winner out of the top-ten pool. (Be advised, we know when people spam the voting block. Only one vote will be allowed per person.)

Good luck!

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