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Mash Stories Roundup

May. 3rd 2015

If you love writing and reading short fiction, then be sure to check out Mash Stories, which is one of the hottest sites out there (it recently received a Webby Award).

Mash Stories holds a flash fiction writing competition every quarter. What makes Mash different from so many other writing competitions is that there’s NO entry fee AND you can opt to receive feedback on your submission. For anyone who’s entered a writing competition, you know how lonely the process is. You’re often left wondering “is anyone actually reading this?” Not so with Mash Stories.

Mash also has a lively community in general, complete with a blog and podcasts. I learned about Mash when one of my MFA colleagues approached me and asked if she could interview me. I agreed, had a great experience, and the Mash editor invited me back twice to write blog posts about my copywriting experience and how I achieve my daily word counts.

Here are links to the articles in case you want to check them out:

Happy mashing!

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Forgotten April Named Finalist in 2012 Book Bundlz Contest

Apr. 3rd 2012

I’m excited to announce that my novel Forgotten April is a finalist in the 2012 Book Bundlz “Book Pick” contest. And guess what? You can help me win. Book Bundlz “Clubies” vote for the winner.

It’s free to become a Clubie, and you can vote once a day from now until voting closes on 4/26. If you love the book and/or you love the idea of helping me out, I encourage you to vote.

Here are some other ways you can help:

  • Spread the word (on FB, Twitter, Google+, or any of the other places you hang out).
  • If you have read the book and you liked it, consider leaving a review on Goodreads or on the bookstore website where you bought it from.

Thanks in advance for all of your support!

By the way…Book Bundlz is a really cool site…it’s all about books, book clubs, and the readers who love both. Poke around and have some fun. Enjoy!

xoxo

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You’re All Winners in My Eyes

Oct. 4th 2011

I had a lot of fun with my “What do YOU think happened in Granite Creek?” contest. There were some laugh-out-loud entries, and they all supported a good cause: raising money for one of my favorite charities, Smile Train, which provides cleft palate surgery for kids.

I was committed to giving $2 for every comment I received. Ten (very funny) comments came through, and I decided to go with $50 to Smile Train. This covers medication needed for one surgery. I’ll be doing another commentpalooza toward the end of the year, so there will be more opportunities to help me raise money for worthy charities like Smile Train.

If you can give to Smile Train — no gift is too small — I encourage you to do so. You’ll help a kid smile, and I guarantee you’ll smile while you’re doing it. 🙂

Okay…business out of the way. Onto the winner. So I took my top faves — the angry chicken fight, the ingrates in Granite Creek, the crazy rabbit story, and others — and went to Random.org for the winner since I couldn’t decide.

Drum roll, please. And the winner is Christine Monaco. Here’s what she thinks happened in Granite Creek: “A tear in the space/time continuum transformed the friendly, helpful community of Granite Creek into it’s bizarro alter-ego: Ingrate Creek.”

Simple, clear, to-the-point, and it certainly would make me keep on reading.

Congrats, Christine. I’ll be in touch to get you your $50 e-gift card and your official copy of What Happened in Granite Creek.

Aaaand if you want to know what really happened in Granite Creek…stay tuned…you can find out later this month.

Thanks to everyone who played!

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Hash Tag Alert: #WHIGC

Sep. 29th 2011

For those of you on Twitter, I’d love for you to help me spread the word about my new novel, What Happened in Granite Creek, which is coming out in less than a month.

I’ve registered a hash tag for the novel on Twitter: #WHIGC

Any time you mention it, I’d love for you to include the hash tag.

Ready to get started? I posted a contest on Tuesday, asking people to come up with the craziest thing that they think happened in Granite Creek, the fictional town in my book (and the crazier the comment, the better).

For every legit comment I get, I’m donating $2 to Smile Train (the “2” representing my second novel), AND the craziest, most inventive comment will receive his or her choice of an eBook or signed paperback of What Happened in Granite Creek plus a $50 gift certificate to Amazon or B&N.com. Details here.

I’d love for you to tweet the following (just copy and paste into Twitter – it’s fewer than 140 characters): What do YOU think happened in Granite Creek? Share the crazy here & help Smile Train while you’re at it: http://bit.ly/n9fRqP #WHIGC

Thanks, everyone. And remember, you’ll be able to find out what REALLY happened in Granite Creek in October.

Read on! 🙂

NOTE: I originally had #WHIG-C as the hash (and have it registered as well), but after using it on Twitter the other day, I learned that Twitter doesn’t recognize the hyphen. So the hyphenless #WHIGC is what I’m using now.

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What do YOU think happened in Granite Creek?

Sep. 27th 2011

Oh, it’s time for some fun! And giveaways! And crazy! Because, let’s face it: we all love a little crazy sometimes, right?

Right?!?

I’m all sorts of excited for my new novel, What Happened in Granite Creek, which comes out in less than a month.

To celebrate the pre-launch, I’m holding a happy little contest on this here blog…and helping out one of my favorite charities, Smile Train, while I’m at it.

Help me celebrate, won’t you?

Here’s how to play:

What do YOU think happened in Granite Creek, my fictional town in New Hampshire? I want crazy, outlandish comments, people! Maybe aliens landed. Maybe Dick Cheney penned his memoir there. Maybe aliens took over Dick Cheney’s body while in Granite Creek and turned him into…wait for it…Michele Bachmann! Let your imagination run wild, have some fun, keep it PG-13,and leave what you think happened in Granite Creek in the comments below.

Then what?

For every legitimate comment I get (no spam links, thanks), I’ll donate $2 (in honor of this being my second novel) to Smile Train (up to $500, which would cover TWO surgeries  — I’d be psyched to get 250 legit comments, so have it and spread the word!).

On or about October 4, I’ll choose the most inventive comment and declare a winner. The winner will receive his or her choice of:

  • An ePub or Mobi file of What Happened in Granite Creek OR a signed paperback
  • AND a $50 electronic gift certificate to either Amazon.com or B&N.com

And then, I’ll tally up the comments and make my donation to Smile Train! Win all around!

Terms and stuff:

Anyone 13 or older can enter.

Winner must have a valid email address (which should be included with your comment) in order to receive the e-gift certificate to Amazon.com or B&N.com and the electronic file of the book. If winner opts for paperback, he or she must also provide a valid snail mail address.

Entries are being accepted now (approximately 7:00 AM EDT on 9/27/11) through midnight on 10/3/11.

Winner will be announced on, around, or in the same century as 10/4/11.

You can enter up to three (3) times (by leaving three different comments, which also counts as $6 for Smile Train!).

Void where prohibited.

My family may enter, but anyone with the last name “Bradley” (who is legitimately related to me) will be ineligible to receive the grand prize; however, your comment will count toward the money raised for Smile Train.

All decisions by the judge (me, me, me!) are final.

All entrants will receive an email newsletter from me (via Constant Contact) announcing the official launch of my book. But I won’t email you after that, unless you sign up for my newsletter on your own.

These rules, terms, and dates are subject to change at any time and for any reason without notice, because that’s what will happen should George Clooney drop his latest dancing babe and show up on my doorstep instead.

If the winner opts for the paperback, the wait might be a month or more, depending on when the paperback is finalized. The electronic file will likely be delivered right away, but this could change depending on tech issues. Ditto with the e-card for Amazon or B&N.com.

I’m not responsible for tech glitches, problems with submitting comments, computer issues, the national debt, Donald Trump’s hair, or any other issues remotely related to this contest.

What now?

Submit a comment below!

Tell people about it.

  • Here’s a tweet (copy and paste — it’s fewer than 140 characters as is): What do YOU think happened in Granite Creek? Share the crazy here & help Smile Train while you’re at it: http://bit.ly/n9fRqP #WHIGC
  • Here’s a Facebook status update (copy and paste): Help author Robyn Bradley raise money for Smile Train…and possibly win some fun swag while you’re at it. Leave a creative comment on her blog about what YOU think happened in Granite Creek, the fictional town in Robyn’s upcoming novel: https://www.robynbradley.com/what-do-you-think-happened-in-granite-creek

Have fun! And, as always, thanks so much for your support!

xoxo

Questions? Email me robyn@robynbradley.com


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