3DN News for the New Year

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3-Day News for the New Year

It’s the beginning of a new year, which means our 2010 entrants are on tenterhooks, waiting to get their coveted 3DN stickers in the mail and to hear the results of the 33rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest. Due to a wealth of worthy entries, our judges may be a little later with their decisions this year, and so we ask for a little more patience! We hope to release our list of winners at the end of January or early February. In the meantime, here are some items and links of interest to keep you occupied and writing well into winter.

Save the date! The 34th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest will take place September 3-5, 2011.

Success Stories from 3DN Survivors

Matthew J. Trafford, a veteran not only of the 3DN experience but of the gruelling reality TV series based on the contest, is about to release his debut novel with Douglas and McIntyre. The Divinity Gene “skewers urban culture even as it conjures up the magic in the mundane.” It will be released in February 2011. Read more about the book at the D&M website.

Bonnie Bowman, who won the 1999 3-Day Novel Contest with her provocative novel, Skin, has released her second novel with Anvil Press. Spaz is the story of a nerdy kid who survives a cloying suburban childhood and grows up to pursue his passion for designing the ultimate women’s shoe—and to find the woman who fits it. Get your copy of Bowman’s latest novel at the Anvil Press website.

Our youngest-ever entrant, Natasha Carr-Harris, has published her 2009 3DN entry, The Story of St. Patrick’s Day, in which a young runaway befriends a leprechaun and has hilarious adventures. She is appearing this April at the upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to sign copies. Find an e-copy of her novel at Barnes & Noble.

Two recent 3DN entrants have decided that one bout with literary madness each year is not enough. D.J. Britt is five novels into his goal of writing twenty-four 3-day novels in a single year. You can track his progress, read excerpts and receive notification of public events in his home province of Saskatchewan at his website. Meanwhile, Kimber Grey is taking up the self-imposed challenge of writing a 3-day novel every quarter-year. Find out how to join her in her novel-writing madness at the Q3DNC site.

Looking for some fine fast fiction to pass the winter hours? Order your copies of our past winning 3-Day Books today!

Other Contests and Calls

A few interesting writing contests to keep your literary skills well-honed for next Labour Day. (Note: These organizations are not associated with 3DN.)

Indie Writers’ Deathmatch IV
Our friends at Broken Pencil have extended the deadline of their literary smackdown until January 10, so there’s still time to enter for those with a thick skin and a sharp pen.
Deadline: January 10, $20 fee (includes subscription).

Coffee Shop Author
You don’t have to write your novel in three days, but you do have to write it in your local coffee shop. Prize is a trip to fabulous Fernie, B.C.!
Deadline: February 15 for registration, March 31 for submission, $30 fee.

First Page Fiction
Does a whole novel seem like too much right now? A contest in the UK only wants to see your best first page…but it better make them wish there was a novel to follow.
Deadline: February 20, £3 fee.

Circumpolar Literature
What is it about the circumpolar space that is different? Send your writing on this theme to Arctica magazine. Open to everyone, from every latitude.
Deadline: April 1, no fee.

Our Sponsors

UBC Creative Writing


3DN thanks this year’s contest sponsor, the Optional-Residency MFA Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia.

See more 3-Day Novel Contest supporters, including new prize donors Videomatica and Poets & Writers.