Friday, February 25, 2011

A birthday compfest and a lie revealed

Today I am turning 24, and since it's my birthday I want to share the giving love.

I'm smooshing together a competition and a blogfest (so it will be a compfest?) and I wanted it to be one where not only the winners get something out of it, everybody does.

As I have already discovered, when you need some help with your creative endeavours the writing bloggerverse is more than happy to pitch in.

So here's the deal:
  • You can choose to enter either the blogfest or the competition or both.
  • If you would like to do the blogging part of the compfest, put your name and whether you are posting as a writer or reader in the form below. Write your post to go up on the 11th of March:
    • If you are a writer your post will be about something you need help with on your writing. This could be an excerpt from you story, your first page, your query, information on setting, ANYTHING that you think the writing bloggerverse can assist with. Make it clear what the question is, and if you are wanting a piece critiqued please keep it to max 500 words.
    • If you are a reader (or a writer who would prefer not to ask for help on their blog), in the spirit of spreading the birthday love, post about one of your favourite books and why you loved it.
  • If you would like to enter the competition part of the compfest:
    • Follow this blog.
    • On the weekend of 11-13th of March visit the blogs of the people participating, and comment/offer your help/critique on a minimum of three of them. Each additional comment/offer of help/critique gets you an extra entry into the competition.
    • Get one extra entry for tweeting about the compfest.
    • Get one extra entry for blogging about the compfest.
    • A post will go up here on the 11th of March titled "Entries into to the Share the Birthday Love Compfest". Use that post to tell me what you've done to get entries with links to blog posts & comments. Please try to comment only once so I don't get confused (I'm easily confused).
  • To keep things simple, and to accomodate people on the other side of the world, the 13th of March will end at 12am EST.

(Wooo did you say prizes?)

The winner of the Share the Birthday Love Compfest will be drawn at random from the entries into the competition, and will receive their choice of one of these awesome books:

And the first ten pages of their WIP critiqued by me (if they're a writer and if they want the critique).

Three runners up will receive the first five pages of their WIP critiqued by me, or an interview and profile of their blog here.

I hope you'll join me in sharing the birthday love!

And the lie revealed... I don't laugh like a donkey crossed with a duck. At least I don't think I do. But my boyfriend tells me I do have a nervous giggle which occasionally slips out when I've finished talking.


  1. Hope you get the chance to join in, JC :)

  2. Sounds like a fun Blogfest, and I really am a sucker for those things ;) So yeah, I'm in! :D

  3. Thanks sari,

    i have twittered and have a blog announcing the competition scheduled for 2:00 am tomorrow.

    I have written the post for the 11th and have scheduled that too... Great idea


    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! - Which day is actually your birthday??

  4. Hi,

    I've snatched the banner and shall post it up right off!



  5. Happy Birthday Sari! :D
    Not sure which day your birthday is and as I'm half a world away from you we're probably on different days anyway. Hope you have/had a good day and best wishes for the year ahead.

  6. Hey there- just wanted to let you know- I heard about this and have posted it on my blogfest page. Have a great weekend!

  7. HI fellow crusader. Looks like the crusade wasn't stressful enough for you. Talk about an overachiever. :) I'll tweet the contest for you.

  8. The compfest sounds like fun and Happy Birthday!

    I gave you an award, you can pick it up here:


  9. Hi Sari! I'm a little late getting around to all the Crusader blogs, but now I'm all on top of things and taking a second look at all the people in my group. I LOVE your blog and your compfest. Have entered and will post on March 11. Happy Birthday! We seem to have a lot in common - I'm twenty three and write YA, but unfortunately live in New York. Well, not unfortunately. I do like it here. But I would KILL to go to Australia. Sigh, someday . . . In the meantime I'll live vicariously through you :) Have a great day!

  10. Great to have you on board, Trisha :)

  11. That's great Constance! :) Can't wait to see your post.
    My birthday was the 25th.

  12. Awesome, can't wait to see your post!

  13. Thanks Prue :). My birthday was the 25th.

  14. Thanks Ciara :). Yea I'd been thinking about doing something like this for a while. It's a first for me though so we'll see how it goes.

  15. Thanks Vicki. I'll check out the award :)

  16. Thanks Bess :). Can't wait to see your post. I wish I lived in New York! Would love to go live there for a year or two one day. But until then, feel free to come visit Melbourne any time ;)

  17. Happy Birthday! And just for you - I gave you an award on my blog, fellow group-ten-ner!

  18. Happy belated birthday! Clever idea for a blogfest/contest.

  19. Thanks Alison! I'll check it out

  20. What a cool contest/blogfest idea. We'll see if I have time to join in. In any case, have added your contest on my blog. Happy birthday! :)

  21. I'm so sorry. I'm just swamped right now. It sounds like a fun contest though.

  22. Happy Birthday! Thanks for setting up this blogfest, it was a great idea and the prizes look amazing.

  23. I am game.

    Sent you my link (@ my blog), then commented and offered help on 3 entries.

    Now gonna go through all entries.

    with warm regards

  24. Thanks for this :)
    Have posted and commented on everyone's entry except the 3 who haven't posted yet.