I've participated in quite a few blogfests, and I always find them super fun. But I've never hosted one. And I thought to myself, hey, self, we should remedy that. Also, there are prizes. Prizes!
SO I PRESENT TO YOU: THE MASH-UP BLOGFEST!
MEIN GOTT, WHAT IS IT?!
The Mash-Up Blogfest is a 'fest inspired by musical mash-ups like this or this or this - taking two different songs and weaving them together in a humorous or pleasing way. Participants will "mash up" two genres that are not normally written together into one delightfully weird piece of flash fiction. Or poetry, if you're so inclined. Think Romantic Horror, Sci-Fi Court Drama, or Medical Thriller Western.
Also, this is not a traditional mash-up per se, but it's Rivers Cuomo and B.O.B. mixing pop rock with hip hop and it's awesooooooome.
WHEN IS IT DUE?!
Friday, October 1st. That gives you exactly one month!
THE RULES! ARE RIGHT HERE!
1.) In no more than 1000 words, produce an original work of fiction or poetry that combines two genres that are not normally written together. You may include characters or a scene from a WIP, but make sure it fits within the theme of the blogfest.
2.) It is due October 1st by 11:59 PM. You are welcome to participate later, but your entry will not count toward the prizes.
3.) Sign up on Mr. Linky at the bottom of this entry to participate.
4.) You can specify the genres you're mashing, or leave it up to the readers to decide. Up to you.
WHY AM I YELLING?!
I DON'T KNOW. STOP IT.
Sorry. What else do participants need to know?
I'm totally stealing Emily White's idea of selecting 5 finalists and then letting the masses vote for the winners. Pressure off me! Ha! Sort of.
I will give one little pointer to watch for: Please, please, please edit. It doesn't have to be super-polished quality. I understand that a month is a tight time constraint and will take that into account, but I am expecting at least one rough edit for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and homonym errors. I view blogfests as lots of fun, but also potential writing exercises/learning experiences. Don't worry, I'm not going to discount your entry if you make a mistake. Just saying it doesn't hurt to practice self-editing skills, too.
Also, I'm looking for entries that think outside the box, but you don't have to be wacky for the sake of being wacky. If you can make me think, "Wow, this Western Space Opera Spy Heist Thriller really WORKS," I will be impressed.
Okay okay. What about the prizes?
STARDUST PRIZE PACK
The Stardust graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
AND The Stardust DVD, which is SUCH A GOOD MOVIE
AND your choice of one of the following perfumes from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab*:
Lady Una - Honey musk, green tea leaf, blackberry leaf, vanilla bean, and fae spices.
or Tristran - Dust on your trousers, mud on your boots, and stars in your eyes: redwood, tonka bean, white sandalwood, lemon peel, patchouli, rosewood, coriander, and crushed mint.
or the EDGAR ALLAN POE PRIZE PACK
Tales of Death & Dementia - Four of Poe's short stories illustrated by Gris Grimly
AND an Edgar Allan Poe action figure
AND your choice of one of the following perfumes from BPAL*:
Detestable Putrescence - A melty vanilla ice cream!
or Hideous Heart - A macabre Valentine: Wild black cherries, licorice root, & cinnamon.
*Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab creates unique perfume oils in small vials, and are of very high quality. The scents are not synthetic, and can vary based on skin chemistry. They can be worn by men or women.
SECOND PLACE: You will receive the other prize pack - First Place gets first dibs.
THIRD PLACE: You will receive your choice of a $20 Amazon gift card OR Eat Me perfume from BPAL (Three white cakes, vanilla, and red and black currants).
Yeah. You know you want to get in on this. So do it! Leave your name and blog link below! Hopefully it works... if not, I'll figure something out.
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