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Our judges are settled into comfy chairs, poring over the hundreds of novels submitted after the 33rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest. While they read and debate over the one standout that will be our next published 3-Day Book, we offer you a few statistics from this year’s marathon.
2010 3-Day Novel Entrant Statistics
Number of entrants: 669 (up from 650 in 2009)
Number of submitted novels: 477 (71%, equal to 2009)
Countries participating: 14, including Canada (378), USA (266), UK (10), Australia (3), China (2), Netherlands (2) and one each from Belgium, Germany, Monaco, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Switzerland and Trinidad.
Youngest 2010 participant: 9
Youngest-ever participant: 9 (now participating for her 3rd year at 11 years old)
Oldest-known returning entrants: 86 (California) and 88 (Alberta)
Earliest year of previous entry for a returning participant: 1981
Minimum number of former shortlisters returning: 31 (including 2 past winners)
Toronto: Reading at Canzine
Mark Sedore reads from his 2009 winning novel, Snowmen,
at Canzine, Canada’s largest festival of zines and alternative culture.
Sunday, October 24
1pm – 7pm, 3DN reading at 6pm
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto
Pick up a copy of Broken Pencil at the festival and check out the latest review of Snowmen. Here’s an excerpt:
“Seems straightforward, wrapped up like popular fiction. Yet, Sedore’s story takes an unexpected departure from typical style… You only have to read the first three or four chapters to appreciate Sedore’s pared down writing style, which is well matched to [the protagonist’s] sharp wit.”—Brooke Ford
Other Contests and Calls of Interest
3DN 2011 is many months away, so we’ve looked up a few interesting writing contests and calls for submissions to keep your literary skills sharp until next Labour Day.
A whole month to write a novel? Easy! If you’re planning on participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month, check out the chat forum for 3DN veterans.
Deadline: November 30, free to enter or by donation
Literal Literary Postcard Contest
The 7th edition of Geist magazine’s cheeky take on the postcard story.
Deadline: November 30, $20 fee (includes subscription)
Blackheart Magazine of Austin, TX, is seeking rebellious writing that other mags might find too dangerous to publish.
Tightrope Books is seeking work that explores experiences and relationships with Canadian hospitals and health care for an upcoming anthology.
3DN thanks this year’s contest sponsor, the Optional-Residency MFA Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia.