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Mageborn Audiobook Giveaway!

Today, I’m announcing a small contest with 10 winners—with one catch: you have to be a subscriber to the Tellest Newsletter.  Each winner will earn a credit to get their own copy of the Mageborn audiobook for free.  Once you sign up, respond to the welcome email with the name of the floating continent in The Fall (hint: it starts with an S).

I’ll tally everyone up on Monday the 28th, and pick—at random—our ten winners, reach out to them and explain how to receive their free books.

Best of luck to all who enter, and thank you for being fans of Tellest!

Holiday Contest! – CLOSED

UPDATE: We have our winner.  Jeffery Lawler, AKA Canyon over at Patreon, was the winner of our $25 contest.

We’re planning on doing something similar next year, with maybe a little something extra as our newsletter continues to grow.  Hope everyone had a happy holiday!

 

 

Hi everyone.  I absolutely love the holidays.  That’s why at Tellest, every year, we’re going to try to do our best to spread the cheer.

This year, we’re going to start small.  We’re opening a very simple contest where you can enter to win a $25 electronic gift card to Amazon.  You can’t go wrong with that – it’s like we just gave you a fail-safe gift!

So, here are the rules of this contest:

 

1. What do I do?  

Tell us your favorite thing about Tellest.  It can be a particular piece of art, or a book you really enjoyed.  It can be a character that speaks to you.  There are no limits, all you have to do is tell us your favorite Tellest thing before 12:01 AM on Christmas Day (EST)!

 

2. How do I enter?

That’s easy!  All you have to do is shoot us an email!  In the menu bar, there is a button that you can hover over, labeled “Connect” – you can either click that, or select “Contact Us” from the drop down menu.  Let us know your preferred email address when you send us your favorite thing.  That’ll give us an idea of how to reach you if you win!

 

3. Bonus Entries!

We want to give our biggest fans a little boost for being so helpful to us this first big year.  So we’re giving anyone who is a part of our newsletter / mailing list an extra entry.  And, if you want to join the mailing list before you enter this contest, you’ll totally qualify.  You can find a Newsletter widget on the sidebar, or you can go to that “Connect” button in the menu bar to see the “Tellest Newsletter” in the drop down.

But that’s not all.  We’ve had a couple of other big supporters in the past year.  People who have done a considerable amount of work helping to make us look good.  These are our Kickstarter backers and our patrons over at Patreon.  If you’re one of these, you get another boost in the form of a bonus entry.  And just like the newsletter, it’s not too late to join until the contest is over!  While the Kickstarter is over, our campaign at Patreon is ongoing.  You can join it for as little as one penny a month!  Under that “Connect” button, you can see the link for our Patreon campaign.

In both of these cases, make sure when you send us your entry email that you let us know what your username is on Kickstarter or Patreon, so we can easily identify you!

Note: You must send an email as per item number 2 to qualify.  You are not automatically entered just for being on the mailing list or being a kickstarter backer or patron.

 

4. The Drawing.

Between Christmas Day and 11:59 PM on the 26th of December (EST), we will plug all of the entrants into a spreadsheet, making sure that bonus entries are considered as well.  We’ll use a random number function to determine who our winner is, and announce it on the website in a follow-up to this post.  After that, we’ll talk to the winner about where best to send their gift card!

 

 

If there are any questions at all about this contest, let us know.  We’ll try to be as transparent as possible with everything.  We just want to make sure everyone has a good time with it!

March-April Writing Prompt Submission Thread

Greetings, storytellers!

This month, we challenged aspiring writers to craft a tale that featured a physical metamorphosis.  This could be dramatic or slight, grotesque or miraculous, but it had to stem from something physical.

Those that are submitting can include a link to their story in the comments below, or on the comments section on the Tellest subreddit link.  Our winner this month will receive $10 via PayPal.

Follow the link to the original prompt for official rules.

February-March Submission Thread

Hello everyone!

It’s that time.  We’re now accepting submissions for short stories for this month’s writing prompt.  We asked aspiring taleweavers to write a short, 1500 word or less story that focused on a particular object.  Our winner will be rewarded with a $10 credit to PayPal, and all the glory that comes from victory.

You can submit your prompt by leaving us a link to your work in these places:

  • A comment below
  • The Tellest Subreddit

 

Our writers have until the 14th to submit their short stories.  Good luck to everyone!

 

Official Rules

  1. One Winner will be chosen on the 15th of the month following the start of the contest.
  2. By submitting your prompt, you agree that, if selected as the monthly winner, and you are using any established characters, locations or items from the Tellest series, you will be willing to sign an agreement to keep your work exclusive to Tellest and Tellest.com where failure to agree will exclude you from the monthly prize.
  3. Prize is $10 payable through PayPal.  Also includes a featured spot on the Tellest website for at least a month following the close of the monthly contest.

January-February Writing Prompt

UPDATE: We are going to tweak the rules a bit to make them friendlier to our aspiring writers who deserve to keep their work their own.  We’re also going to offer the $15 as a PayPal transfer instead of an Amazon gift card, as it is more convenient to some of our international friends.

Original Post:

Hello fantasy writers! Two months running, and still not a single submission from the outside world. But we’re not worried. Instead, what we’d like to do is up the ante even more.  The winner of this month’s submission will receive a $15 gift card to Amazon.

For Tellest’s writing prompt this month, we want to explore the darker side of things. In 1500 words or less, write a story for Tellest that is from a villain’s point of view. Again, we want to try to be as open to ideas as possible.  As such, the character doesn’t have to be human.  Feel free to let your creativity take wing!  We look forward to seeing your tales!  

Official Rules

  1. One Winner will be chosen on the 15th of the month following the start of the contest.
  2. By submitting your prompt, you agree that, if selected as the monthly winner, and you are using any established characters, locations or items from the Tellest series, you will be willing to sign an agreement to keep your work exclusive to Tellest and Tellest.com where failure to agree will exclude you from the monthly prize.
  3. Prize is $15 payable through PayPal.  Also includes a featured spot on the Tellest website for at least a month following the close of the monthly contest.

December-January Writing Prompt

Hello fantasy writers!

Last month, Tellest hosted a writing contest where we asked fans of the genre to create a holiday for Tellest.  Unfortunately, due to our still small web presence, we only had one story submitted in time, and that was done by a member of our internal team.

We want to spread the love outside of the established stable of writers.  Kevin Gallagher’s “The Night Before Nadeus”, a tale about a Tellest version of Christmas will release on this website.  But, being as he was already on our team, we’re stealing last month’s prize, and rolling into this month’s instead.  We will send the writer of the best story this month kindle eBook(s) with a total value of $10 or less.

In two weeks we will be celebrating the passing of another year.  We’ll be setting new resolutions for ourselves, and looking back at what affected us the most in the prior 365 days.  For Tellest’s writing prompt this month, we wanted to explore that concept, though maybe in grander fashion.

In 1500 words or less, invent a character for Tellest, and then describe his or her favorite memory.

Again, we want to try to be as open to ideas as possible.  As such, the character doesn’t have to be human.  It doesn’t have to be a happy memory, either.  Feel free to let your creativity take wing!  We look forward to seeing your tales!

 

Official Rules

  1. One Winner will be chosen on the 15th of the month following the start of the contest.
  2. By submitting your prompt, you agree that, if selected as the monthly winner, you will be willing to sign an agreement to keep your work exclusive to Tellest and Tellest.com where failure to agree will exclude you from the monthly prize.  The agreement will also allow writers for Tellest to further develop on the ideas, characters, places and events featured in your submission.
  3. Prize includes the winner’s choice of kindle ebook(s) on amazon’s store, with a cost up to $10.  This does not necessarily have to be a Tellest branded book.  Also includes a featured spot on the Tellest website for at least a month following the close of the monthly contest.

Monthly Writing Prompts

Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to offer up the first official contest for and from Tellest.  Every month, starting on the 15th, we are going to stage a writing prompt which will run until the 14th of the following month.  On the 15th, the Tellest Council will vote on their favorite entry, and the winner will get their choice of kindle ebook from the amazon store (up to $5).  It doesn’t even have to be within the Tellest series.  The winner will also have their work featured on the Tellest website, and we will potentially expand on whatever you write (or even ask you to do it for us!).  The official rules are below, but your goal will be to write about the prompt within the world of Tellest (click on the link to see a basis for the world, and check out the books of the brand for more information).

 

For this month, we’d like to lean on the time of year.  A lot of fantasy focuses on tragedy and conflict, but we often forget that even in the darkest of times, there can be cause to rejoice.  In 1,500 words or less, create a holiday for Tellest from scratch.  It can be something that any race would celebrate, and it can be as jovial or as dark as you prefer.

 

Our submission preference is Google Docs, but we want you to be comfortable.  As long as we can read whatever you submit, and it doesn’t cause any unwanted viruses, we’ll accommodate you!

 

Official Rules

  1. One Winner will be chosen on the 15th of the month following the start of the contest.
  2. By submitting your prompt, you agree that, if selected as the monthly winner, you will be willing to sign an agreement to keep your work exclusive to Tellest and Tellest.com where failure to agree will exclude you from the monthly prize.  The agreement will also allow writers for Tellest to further develop on the ideas, characters, places and events featured in your submission.
  3. Prize includes the winner’s choice of one (1) kindle ebook on amazon’s store, with a cost up to $5.  This does not necessarily have to be a Tellest branded book.  Also includes a featured spot on the Tellest website for at least a month following the close of the monthly contest.