The above illustration, "Blowing Bubbles," has been adapted for use here by generous permission from the artist, Cyril Rolando.

September 1, 2009

WGI Update: Surf's Up!

Wow! There's been a lot of splashing at the start of the Watery Grave Invitational. Less than one day into the submissions week, and we have ten applicants already. Let's keep those emails coming, folks.

If you haven't sent me a link to your story yet, you have until noon EST on September 8 to submit the link. From the applicants, ten authors will each receive an invitation to submit an original short crime fic (<2500 words) for a chance at winning one of the three cash prizes: $25, $15, and $10. Those ten 'invited' short stories will be judged by a panel of three: author Dave Zeltserman (Pariah, Small Crimes), ezine publisher Aldo Calcagno of Powder Burn Flash, and me.

Here's a running list of participants so far, in the order they were submitted:
Michael J. Solender: Blood Brothers
Keith Rawson: Memory Lane
Chad Eagleton: Sunset Blonde at the Salton Sea
Cormac Brown: Bitch
Libby Cudmore: Unplanned
Naomi Johnson: The Freudian Slip
Mike Wilkerson: King Simms
Kieran Shea: Koko Takes a Holiday
Jimmy Callaway: Nailed Up With Fudgsicles
BV Lawson: But For the Grace of God

The e-zines represented thus far include: A Twist of Noir; Pulp Pusher; Powder Burn Flash; Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers; and Plots With Ray Guns!. Kudos to the good folks running the e-zines. Without them, I couldn't get away with this crazy invitational idea.

Not got your story link submitted yet? You still have until September 8, but don't wait until I get eye strain.


  1. Man! I didn't know eye strain was blood sport. Ow!

    But, the contest is looking good!

  2. LOL! I wasn't really sure if that photo was of eye strain or pink eye.

    Two more applications were in my email this morning. Lots of room for more. So far I'm keeping entirely caught up on the reading.