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2011 3DN Entrant Statistics
The 34th Annual 3-Day Novel Contest is many weeks past, and while hundreds of literary marathoners may have recovered from finger strain, the eye strain is only just beginning for our panel of intrepid judges. While they dive into the thousands of pages of hasty-but-inspired fiction, we present you with a few statistics from this year’s event.
Number of entrants: 548
Share who submitted novels: 67% (down from 71% in 2010)
Share of those who submitted online: 85%
Average word count: 23,700
Median word count: 32,000
Estimated total word count: 13,000,000*
*Update, for to those who wrote in: This is a completely unscientific number, and goes on the assumption that most entrants did produce something, even if they didn’t submit it. It does not include those who participated in the contest without registering.
Countries participating: 13, including Canada (293), USA (234), UK (8), Australia (4) and one each from France, Germany, India, Ireland, Kuwait, Mexico, Serbia, Spain and Switzerland
Congratulations to everyone who found treasure in the 3DN creative process, whether it was in the words you put down during the event or in the ideas that came later. Our judging panel will deliberate over the submissions in the coming months, and we hope to announce their decisions in late January. After that, we’ll send a fancy certificate to every brave entrant who managed to complete and submit their novel, and 3-Day Books will begin the process of adding another fine book to the contest’s body of published work.
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Upcoming 3-Day Novel Events
Canzine West, Vancouver
Drop by our table at the 2nd Annual celebration of independent publishing in the West. Pick up a few cool books and zines, and catch some great workshops, readings and events―including Indie Writers’ Deathmatch! Presented by the good people at Broken Pencil.
Sunday, November 13, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ukrainian Hall, 805 Pender St. E., Vancouver
Terroryaki! Readings: Massachusetts, Vashon Island, Issaquah
Jennifer K. Chung, champion of the 33rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest, will read from her winning novel at upcoming events in Massachusetts and Washington. If you’re in the area, drop by and listen to a piece of fine fast fiction that will make your spine tingle, your heart melt, and your stomach grumble.
MIT Science Fiction Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Friday, November 18, 7 p.m.
Room 4-231, MIT
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Vashon Island Public Library, Vashon Island, Washington
Saturday, December 10, 3 p.m.
17210 Vashon Hwy. S.W.
Issaquah Public Library, Issaquah, Washington
Saturday, January 21, 2 p.m.
10 W. Sunset Way
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Terroryaki! in the Press
“An engaging tale about a Taiwanese-American girl who works part-time at a teriyaki restaurant and blogs about her favorite Seattle teriyaki joints. Terroryaki! is as creepy as it is playful, and an easy read about family and food.” —Seattle Weekly
“Creepy mystery? Bizarre romance? Hilarious family dysfunction? Terroryaki! has it all in perfect portions, all against the backdrop of the Seattle food scene. At only 122 pages, this is a quick, fun read that will definitely stir up some cravings for your favorite comfort food by the time you’ve finished.” —45th Parallel book blog
The Big Idea: Jennifer K. Chung discusses the creative process that led to her book on John Scalzi’s book blog.
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