About the contest: Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in a mere 72 hours? The annual International 3-Day Novel Contest is your chance to find out. The contest runs every Labour Day long weekend, as it has since 1977, and now attracts writers from all over the world. So what might you think up under pressure? Read the Rules, About and FAQ pages to find out more, then sign up by Labour Day weekend (August 31 to September 2, 2013) to find out for yourself. Contact us with questions or to join our mailing list and be informed when registration opens.
The International 3-Day Novel Contest
News, Events, and Press
Our 35th year has been a big one! The International 3-Day Novel Contest now has its first-ever two-time winner, and we’re also excited to announce a couple of big upcoming changes at 3DNC headquarters. Read on for all the details and for the list of this year’s top marathon novelists.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
THORAZINE BEACH by Bradley Harris of Memphis, Tennessee
About the Author
Bradley Harris is a Canadian writer, editor, and teacher living and working in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the only writer to have won the 3-Day Novel Contest twice; his first novel, Ruby Ruby, won the 21st annual competition in 1998. His other works include prizewinning short stories and a dramatic play, Incoming, produced in Memphis and Los Angeles. Brad holds BA and JD degrees, plus an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Memphis. He is currently at work on his third novel in the Jack Minyard series, Six Flags Over Jesus
About the Book
Jack Minyard is a private dick down on his luck. He’s badly overweight and on the wrong side of sixty; he’s lost his marriage, and maybe a little of his mind. After narrowly escaping charges in a money laundering scandal, Jack must count on private contracts, the kindness of strangers and a pile of prescription drugs to get by. In a last-ditch play to resurrect his career, Jack takes on a case that puts him on the wrong side of the tracks and in the midst of some of the roughest trade going. Thorazine Beach is a palpable and enthralling tale that will be released by Anvil Press in August 2013.
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SECOND PRIZE WINNER
Embodying Geography by Manpreet Dhaliwal of Surrey, B.C.
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THIRD PRIZE WINNER
Drift, Disappear by Mallory McMahon of Brooklyn, New York
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Our Top 12 Runners-Up
- Suicide Season by Jay Bethke of Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- Fauvel by Kayt Burgess of Aurora, Ontario
- Recycled Virgins by Dorothyanne Brown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
- Fall of Breath by Anne DeGrace of South Slocan, B.C.
- The Clothes We Wear by Vanessa Fernando of Montreal, Quebec
- Doorways by Barbara Gordon of Victoria, B.C.
- The Pledge by Annie Mahoney of Toronto, Ontario
- The Jewish Joke Factory by Kelsey Osgood of Brooklyn, New York
- Werewolves of Vegas by Teresa Perrin of Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Baselines by Anna Stewart of Bakersfield, California
- Go Bullet by Rudy Thauberger of Vancouver, B.C.
- Giant by Ben R. Williams of Basset, Virginia
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Thanks to all who took part, and congratulations to everyone who got a creative boost out of the 35th Annual 3DNC. You can connect with other 3-Dayers and share your experiences and tips via the Abebooks chatroom link to the right, through the Twitter hashtag #3DNC or on our Facebook page at facebook.com/3daynovel.
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Big Contest News!
We thank everyone for bearing with us during the extra weeks it took to finalize this year’s contest results. It’s been a busy time at 3DNC headquarters as we prepped ourselves for two exciting changes.
First, we are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Anvil Press, who will be publishing and distributing the contest winners from this point forward. Anvil Press ran the 3-Day Novel Contest from 1992 to 2003 and was the driving force behind its evolution from a Canadian west-coast anomaly to the notorious international experiment that it now is.
Our second announcement is that the Geist Foundation, an established literary publishing group in Vancouver, is taking over the management of the 3-Day Novel Contest. We are thrilled to have this organization become the contest’s new home: the people at the Geist Foundation are experienced and dedicated literary arts administrators who have had a long relationship with this wacky creative endeavour. As a Vancouver-based foundation, they will also be able to keep the contest in its original birthplace and hometown of 36 years. Stayed tuned to this site for more news and updates as they prepare to launch registration for the upcoming 36th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest this spring.
Meanwhile, here at transitional 3DNC HQ, we — Barbara Zatyko and Melissa Edwards, your faithful contest administrators for the past nine years — thank all of our past entrants for participating in the 3-Day Novel Contest with us and for being a part of the amazing experience of managing this literary tradition. We hope you found as much fun and fulfillment in taking on this year’s challenge as we have had in running it. We and our volunteer reading panel members wish you all a happy, productive and creative 2013, and hope, as always, that you are able to continue the momentum of the contest through to the next Labour Day long weekend.
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The 36th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest will take place August 31 to September 2, 2013. Send an email to join the mailing list and receive notice when registration opens this spring.
Heidegger Stairwell is an excellent addition to any book club reading list, with a unique format and a complex set of themes that covers everything from sexuality to the complexities of creative collectives. Visit the Heidegger Stairwell book page to download a free list of book club questions for the winner of the 34th annual International 3-Day Novel Contest. And don’t forget to pick up your copy of this amazing novel, either through this site or at your favourite bookseller.
We’re well into the new year, and we know our entrants are starting to get restless as they wait for the judges’ decision on the winners and runners-up for our 35th annual event. But we have to ask you for your patience for just a little bit longer! We normally announce the winners near the very end of January, and while we are trying to meet that traditional date, it may take just a little bit longer this year. So please bear with us and check in again in a couple of weeks for another update on our progress. Until then, we at 3DNC headquarters send you our best wishes for 2013.
The Sault Star has posted an interview with Kayt Burgess in advance of tonight’s reading in Sault Ste Marie. Read the article to find out how Kayt approached the contest and to hear about the initial ideas that eventually became her winning novel, Heidegger Stairwell.
For more information on tonight’s reading at the Sault Ste Marie library, as well as other upcoming events in Elliot Lake, Burlington and Oakville, Ontario, click here.
Like the eponymous band in her 3DNC-winning novel, Kayt Burgess will be touring the towns of her home province of Ontario. If you live near one of these towns, come out and get a rare peek into Canada’s indie-rock world with a reading from Heidegger Stairwell, her wonderful, gender- and genre-bending book. The events are all free, they’ll all be fun, and they’re a great chance to meet local 3DNC veteran and contest champion.
Keep checking back for news on more local 3DNC readings and events.