The contest is a go, I say again, the contest is a go!

We have five hardcover copies of the new World of Warcraft novel, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King by Christie Golden, and they are going to go to you, my wonderful readers!

Here is the good news; the contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world to enter. It will be open to everyone who reads my blog, irrespective of where you live. The one stipulation; you have to actually be able to receive mail. Gotta have what they call an ADDRESS

The nice lady who is providing these books for the contest is working with me on this… she will mail the US copies directly to the winner, and she will send the copies for international winners to me to mail out.

So, five books. Five wonderful, glorious books.

I will now proceed to make you jump through hoops. Because I can.

I, of course, am full of imagination, wit and wisdom. So, when presented with the need to come up with an appropriate contest for these wonderful books, I came up with the most brilliant idea ever.

I asked Cassie to come up with the idea.

And she delivered, boy, did she deliver. You think I’m kidding, but nope, this was all her idea, and it’s certainly better than the crap I was coming up with. 

The Contest!

You are to email me a written interaction between you and Arthas, a little creative writing project describing a five minute encounter. It should take you no more than two paragraphs.

EDIT: You can certainly go over that length… you will not be disqualified in any way. If your idea takes longer, take as long as you need. Just, try and remember… it’s supposed to be one scene.

The Challenge!

Choose any point in the life or transformation of Arthas, from as early as his childhood, to as late as his full transformation into the Lich King, or anywhere in between, where you would like to meet Arthas as your character for just FIVE MINUTES… and describe the encounter, what you would like to ask of him, say to him, or DO to him. 

Be imaginative.

I love the idea. For one thing, it works for both Horde or Alliance of any level… and Cassie hit the nail on the head, what better contest to hold when the prize is an original novel delving deep into the history of Arthas and the lore of the World of Warcraft?

So you are to perform a little creative writing, and knowledge of or at least enthusiasm about the lore or story of Arthas is what it’s all about.

Write up your encounter, and email it to me (with your name and address where you want the book mailed) to tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com no later than the evening of Thursday, April 16th, with the subject header “BBB Arthas Contest“.

Cassie and I will read all of your entries Thursday evening, and choose the winners Friday morning, April 17th.

You hear that? You’ve got until the night of Thursday April 16th to email me your contest entry! So don’t delay!

A break for station identification.

Now, I’d like to take the time to seriously thank Marni and the fine folks at Simon And Schuster Publishing, who are making this contest possible, who are offering these books as prizes for this contest, and in general are being really awesome.

I’d also appreciate it if those of you who are choosing to compete in this contest (and anyone else interested in book news) would do me a favor, and sign up to receive Simon & Schuster book news, videos and more at Simon And Schuster’s Preference Center.

Hold on, put down the damn pitchforks… give me a chance here.

You don’t have to buy anything or anything like that… but, you know how these things work. They want to get the word out about their new book, and are offering advance copies for people like me to review, and copies as prizes for contests.

It’s all about getting the word out.

So, as far as I’m concerned, if you could take a few moments to confirm for them that promotions like this actually reach people who like the books and contests by signing up for email news… well, it helps convince them these kinds of promotions are good ideas.

Hey, they’re the ones nice enough to publish the books I like to read, so you’re damn right I’m going to support a mail opt-in. You can choose to sign up or not, as you prefer.

If it increases the possibility I will someday see an advance copy of a novel about Sylvannas Windrunner, you best be believing I’m going for it.

Thank you for your time, and seriously… good luck in your entry, I can’t wait to read them!

And you know… you KNOW I’ll be posting the winners, so make sure you also include, along with your mailing name, your chosen nom nom de plume.

8 Responses to “Contest – Win your own copy of Arthas: Rise of the Lich King!”
  1. Rob says:

    *sigh* while I’d love to stretch out my creative writing skills, and the idea of a free novel is appealing, I have to admit, I don’t think I know enough about Arthas to make a convincing story =/

    Sounds like a great contest though! Can’t wait to read the winners!

  2. bigbearbutt says:

    Rob, I appreciate your hesitation, but remember… Cassie and I are the ones doing the deciding. Do we really seem like lore nazis? We both enjoy imaginative and fun stuff, and bonus points don’t get awarded simply because someone knows what Arthas had for lunch right before burning a path to Silvermoon City.

    Even if you’ve never read about Arthas anywhere else… if you’ve played the game questing from 70 to 80, chances are high you’ve seen Arthas in one of many different quest lines throughout Northrend.

    So why not give it a shot?

  3. Mike Nolan says:

    This is a great idea! I can imagine a few interesting plot threads. Are we restricted to one submission?

  4. Kayeri says:

    Sheesh… wish I ‘d seen this before I pre-ordered the sucker on Amazon the other day… I LOVE to write! lol My characters that I keep are the ones who develop personalities and histories… It’s just not real to me without that… :)

  5. bigbearbutt says:

    Yes, each person gets only one shot, so make it the best you’ve got.

    humor, wit, love of lore, role playing, gimmicky humor… I don’t care what you do or how you do it, what your approach is or where you’re coming from. Serious or whimsical or farcical, it doesn’t matter. It’s YOUR imagination.

    All we want is that you give us your best effort.

  6. Drowgrim says:

    I sent mine in while waiting for the patch to download hope you liked it.

  7. BBR says:

    Back over at RRVS I’ve got another 5 books available for giving away.
    http://rrvs.blogspot.com/2009/04/arthas-rise-of-lich-king-contest.html

    So it seems we have the same supplier :)

  8. clioratha says:

    Is it sad that I stayed up until 1am finishing mine? LOL

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