Sunday, February 10, 2008

CONTEST: Tell Us Your New Weird Story, Win Tons of Cool Stuff!

You need to participate. Unless you hate public adulation and a huge FREE pile of awesome books. (Which makes me wonder about you, but I do not judge.) Anyway, here's the deal straight from your intrepid New Weird editors, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer:

In honor of the publication of The New Weird anthology, which we hope you'll consider buying, Ann and I have decided to have a little contest. Tell us your "new, weird" story – something strange (but entertaining and either PG-rated or with the naughty bits blocked out) that happened to you or you witnessed in the last couple of years. Hopefully some of these will be bizarre but also uplifting, although that's not a requirement. It's more about...hey, this world we live in is an odder place than we might think. All of those stories in The New Weird from China Miéville, Clive Barker, K.J. Bishop, Steph Swainston, Jeffrey Ford, Jay Lake, Paul Di Filippo, Michael Moorcock, M. John Harrison, and others – they’re not strange; the world is strange!

What do you win? The three winners, chosen by Ann and me, will win ONE COPY OF EACH ANTHOLOGY WE EDIT BETWEEN NOW AND 2010, PERSONALIZED. Yes, that's correct. You will get a copy of The New Weird, Steampunk, The Leonardo Variations (Clarion charity anthology), Fast Ships/Black Sails (pirates), Best American Fantasy 2, Best Horror 2009, Last Drink Bird Head, Mapping the Beast: The Best of Leviathan, and various other anthologies currently in the planning stages. Heck, we’ll even throw in the first couple issue of Weird Tales with Ann as fiction editor. We also reserve the right to give out honorable mentions, said HMs to receive a copy of the NW antho.

Contest ends February 17th, Sunday, at midnight EST...start getting weird before it's too late.

Also, do check out what Omnivoracious says about the Insect Lab. If you're even the slightest bit weird (or even better, Weird), Mike Libby should be your idol.

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