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There Can Only Be One (Winner of the Mini-Contest)

As of now, the official entry period for the Mini-Contest is closed.

For those who missed the original announcement, the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest were running, in conjunction with Author Creations, a Mini-Contest with a pre-fabricated book cover (provided by Author Creations) as its prize.

We have, this morning, drawn the winning name from the hat provided, along with several small rabbits who may or may not have belonged to the hat’s original owner (but that’s a story for another time).

The winner of this, the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest‘s first Mini-Contest, is:

Alan Place

We will be in touch with the winner shortly, and the prize will be awarded through Author Creations.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the entrants, and we wish you luck next time round.

As a reminder, the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest is still open, and all entrants have until February 15th, 2012 to get their entries in to us. As always, if you have any questions regarding the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest, or related material, please address them to Michael Matheson at


Mini-Contest: Waiting on You (To Try For a Pre-Fabricated Cover From Author Creations)

The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest, working in partnership with one of our donor sponsors, Author Creations, is running a mini-contest from Sunday, Nov. 27th through Sunday, Dec. 4th.

We’re giving away a pre-fabricated book cover, designed by Staci Perkins (owner of Author Creations). Once a winner has been declared, Staci will alter the cover to reflect the winner’s name/pen name and their preferred title for the cover. The cover available to be won is depicted below:

Staci sells a cover only once, so the winner, and the winner alone, will be using that image for their book cover. This particular image says to us “Urban Fantasy/Noir Mystery/Thriller/Paranormal Romance”, but the winner will get to use it any way they want.

The rules of this mini-contest are outlined below:

The Mini-Contest Rules

You can enter the contest by

  • sending an e-mail to with the Subject line “Mini-Contest Entry”. Please provide your name in the body of the e-mail – and if you’re entering on behalf of someone else please mention that, as well as the intended recipient’s name, in your e-mail as well.
  • leaving a Comment below telling us you want to enter (you’ll have to provide an e-mail address we can contact you at should you win)
  • letting us know on the Contest Twitter account (@fomcontest) that you want to enter the mini-contest (you can also send us a Direct Message with your contact e-mail so we can reach you should you win)

There is no cost, or other requirement save those stated above, for entry.

Once the week long entry period for the mini-contest concludes we’ll put the names of all the entrants in a hat (no, really), and select the winner at random.

Once a winner has been selected the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest will announce their name here on the website. We will then get in touch with the winner via e-mail as well as provide the winner’s contact information to Staci so she can get in touch with you.

As of now, this mini-contest is officially open. Good luck to everyone who enters.

Please note that this mini-contest in no way supersedes, affects, or effects the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest, or entries submitted to same. As always, if you have questions please address them to Michael Matheson at