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Writing contest by Quirk Books deadline October 1

“Looking for Love” Fiction Contest. First prize is $10,000 AND publication by Quirk Books.
“Looking for Love” Fiction Contest. First prize is $10,000 AND publication by Quirk Books.

Quirk Books is a, well honestly, a quirky little publisher with a growing list of best sellers who now has a contest open to the public.

Touted as “seekers of all things awesome” on their website, Quirk Books says:

"We’re looking for love stories that are fresh, fun, and strikingly unconventional. Boy Meets Girl. Girl Meets Girl. Girl Meets Shark. Shark Meets Pirate. Anything goes!”

But no vamps.

What has Quirk Books published?

Just a few little doodads like….

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Riggs is a a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts which might explain why this book is filled with haunting black-and-white photography. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a spine-tingling YA fantasy whose hardcover editing spent more than 52 weeks on the NY Times Best-Seller List. The paperback version includes an author interview. Ransom Riggs wrote Talking Pictures and The Sherlock Holmes Handbook.

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

Everything is going to hell in a hand basket with most popular speculative fiction nowadays, but this book, The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters, occurs PRE-apocalyptic. Before the asteroid hits. People go nuts, walk off jobs, commit suicide, industry grinds to a halt. If you were a policeman, and your days were numbered, would you bother to solve a murder? (Well, for me, what else would I have to do? Catch up on my fave TV show?)

Author Ben H. Winters is an Edgar Award nominee for the HarperCollins YA novel The Secret Life of Ms. Finkelman, and his novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters was a NY Times best-seller. Bedbugs, published in 2011, was called a “diabolical tale of paranoia” by Vanity Fair. (Sounds like something fun, eh?)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Seth Grahame-Smith made quite a name for himself with this little bestseller. The cover alone would sell it out even if the book were total crap, right? But it isn't total crap. (But who am I to judge?) Who would have thought poor old Jane, (the only JANE, need you ask?) would have to deal with zombies back in her day? I mean, aren't there President’s to do that? (No, no, prezzies kill vamps, vice-prezzies kill werewolves, and Victorian romance authors kill zombies. Got it.) Grahame-Smith is also the author of How to Survive a Horror Movie and The Big Book of Porn.

Now, back to the contest.


Quirk Books Contest seeks full-length manuscripts (kinda like a full-length dress and black tie event, don’t attend with anything short and lacking). The grand prize is $10,000 and a contract for publication. The deadline for this novel contest is Oct. 1, 2013.

Find out more about this contest here.




*This article was edited. I had the original title with the wrong deadline date.

**Pat Hauldren's upcoming online writing classes: Tropes, Trollops & Truths in Speculative and Paranormal Fiction begins Sept. 30, and Witches, Faeries & Warlock:Divining the Supernatural World begins Oct. 28


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