Announcing the winners of the 34th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest


HEIDEGGER STAIRWELL by Kayt Burgess of Aurora, Ontario

Kayt Burgess

Kayt Burgess

About the Author
Kayt Burgess is a writer, artist, opera singer and musician. She studied classical music at the University of Western Ontario and earned her Master’s degree in creative writing from Bath Spa University in the UK. Kayt was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario, grew up in Elliot Lake and now lives near Toronto after stints in New Zealand, England and Scotland. Heidegger Stairwell is her first novel. It will be released by 3-Day Books in September 2012.

About the Book
Music journalist Evan Strocker has almost finished a memoir chronicling his time with Heidegger Stairwell, an indie-rock legend from small-town Ontario whose members he has known his whole life. But the band thinks he’s left a little too much of himself on the page—allowing his experiences as a transgender man and his complicated romance with the lead guitarist eclipse the story of the group’s dramatic rise and fall. Through graphic notes and colourful marginalia, the musicians weigh in on their friend’s version of the truth, and fight to put their own testimony on the record. As Strocker’s manuscript finally comes together, both band and writer are forced to face a shocking new event that will once again change their fortunes.

Winning $500

Street Dogs by Brandon Hobson
Brandon Hobson is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing atOklahoma State University. His fiction has appeared in NOON, New York Tyrant, Puerto del Sol, Narrative Magazine, Web Conjunctions and elsewhere. He lives in Hennessey, Oklahoma, with his wife and son.

Winning $100

She Felt Like Velvet by Karen Cressman
Karen Cressman is a marketing writer with a fascination for all things Alice In Wonderland. She is currently developing three novels-in-progress and, of course, dreaming up plots for the next 3-Day Novel Contest. She lives with her husband in Brampton, Ontario.

Our Top-10 Runners-Up

  • Full Moon Rules by LENORE BUTCHER of Woodstock, Ontario
  • Alice’s Adventures Through a Very Big Mirror by VICTORIA DUNN of Ottawa, Ontario
  • Darius to the Max by CATHI RADNER CASTRIO of Argyle, New York
  • Not by TERRY LEEDER of Oakville, Ontario
  • Rounds Down Range by J.L. MYERS of Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Half of No by KARI PILGRIM of Brooklyn, New York
  • Happily Destroyed by EVAN PURCELL of Bullhead City, Arizona
  • Deadfall by RACHEL SLANSKY of San Francisco, California
  • Lords of Ironfire by RUDY THAUBERGER of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Banquet of Consequences by ANDERSON TODD of Toronto, Ontario

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Thanks to everyone who took part in the 34th edition of this literary tradition, and a hearty congratulations all those who triumphed over the pressure of the contest to send in a novel! It is always a challenge for our judges to choose a short list of favourites from the incredible wealth of frenetic fast fiction we receive every year. To all of our entrants, and all friends of 3DNC, we offer our wishes for a creative and productive 2012.

The next 3-Day Novel Contest (our 35th annual event!) takes place September 1-3, 2012. Send us an email to join our mailing list and receive notice when registration opens this spring.