Monday, May 2, 2011

Horror writer dominates April poll; and, a new contest!

It was really no contest... Stephen King reigns supreme as the writer you would most like to see write fortune cookies.

King, the world's most famous author of scary fiction, received a whopping 57 percent of the vote, , crushing the competition. Ernest Hemingway finished a distant second with 19 percent of the vote (although Hemingway's succinct sentences would probably fit on fortunes the easiest). JD Salinger was third with 14 percent, and John Steinbeck and Jane Austen chimed in with a measly five percent of the votes.

Which leads us to a new writing contest for the month of April: the person who can write the best Stephen King-style fortune wins a prize!

The rules are simple: this has to be a true fortune, not a short story. So the word count is limited to a miniscule 15 words. And, it has to be in the style of a fortune. See this blog for 122 examples.

E-mail the entries to

NEW POLL: Don't forget to answer the May poll question, which asks readers to choose which fortune they would want to receive to determine their mortal fate. Check it out in the upper right corner of the page.

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