What is superhero week? It’s a flash event hosted by Vaguely Circular! We’re going to take seven days to talk about heroes, villains, and anything related to heroes and villains. With a post a day, interviews with guest authors, and frequent giveaways scattered throughout we guarantee there will be something to entertain, amuse, or delight you with each new post! So dive in, and explore everything that superhero week has to offer!
Sunday April 26
Kickoff with R.J.Ross (interview and giveaway)
Monday April 27
Why Don’t I have Superpowers?
Tuesday April 28
Even Villains Need Authors (interview and giveaway with Liana Brooks)
And the Winners Are…
Wednesday April 29
In the Shadow of Heroes
Thursday April 30
Ian Healy Crashes the Party (guest post and giveaway)
The Adventures of Penstroke (And more winners!)
Friday May 1–Marvel Celebration Day!
7 Reasons to Love Agents of SHIELD
Age of Ultron–First Look (Spoiler free!)
Saturday May 2
Free Comic Book Day
Even More Winners!
Sunday May 3
Flash Fiction Winners!
Flash Fiction Contest
Since this is a flash event, obviously we needed a flash fiction contest! So here are the rules! The rules are simple! There are three of them:
1. It must be under 1,000 words. One thousand words, in a 12 point font, is about one page, and that’s what we decided we’re good on reading a bunch of on short notice.
2. It must meet the theme. The theme is superheroes, but be as creative with it as you like! There are no requirements that it has to include heroes–feel free to write about supervillains! Any interpretation is welcome. Any form of words is welcome, from poetry to word art.
3. It must be submitted by midnight, local time, on May 1st. Local time because I’m not going to stay up to close submissions so basically, have it in by whatever time I get out of bed Saturday morning to review.
Don’t want to write something? Feel you don’t stand a chance against other, more accomplished authors? Feel free to submit a visual submission instead! We will accept drawings, photographs, and manipulations in one of the two categories.
There will be two winners selected. One will be chosen by a panel of currently undisclosed judges from the written submissions, based on technical excellence, compelling characters, how well it meets the theme, etc, etc, blah, blah. If you’ve entered contests before you know how these things go. If you haven’t entered contests before, you’re about to find out how these things go.*
The second winner will be randomly drawn from a pool of all the entries. This is what we call a participation prize, because we want everyone to have fun, not just serious competitors! We will publish our favorite entries over the course of the rest of May, and we encourage everyone to share their pieces on our Facebook page once the event is over.
*In the spirit of Vaguely Circular, we want to encourage everyone to participate, do their best, and shine like a star. Therefore I will provide personal, positive feedback on every story submitted. You may not get your feedback first thing Sunday morning, but I’ll try to email all of you within the week. So send in those stories!
How to Enter
Email your submission to email@example.com. Be sure to include “Flash Contest” in the subject line so we know what it’s about! Also include your name and a little bit about you. And be sure to check your email on Saturday!
It’s not a contest without prizes, eh? The winner of the judged contest will receive a gift card to Fandango–good for the purchase of two tickets to Avengers: Age of Ultron. While we aren’t going to attach any strings with the gift, we would love to hear what you thought of the film!
The winner of the drawing will receive their pick of one of the ebooks on our Super Powered Bookshelf, or a $10 gift card to Comixology!
Super Powered Bookshelf!
Supervillain of the Day: The Complete First Season
In Hero Years… I’m Dead
Cape High: The Distort Arc
Cape High: The Mimic Arc
This Mutant Life
This Mutant Life: Bad Company
Heroes and Villains #1-3
A Hero By Any Other Name
Wearing the Cape
Anything by the Pen and Cape Society
Want to be a part of Superhero Week? Hop on board and get all excited! If you would like our official press release, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to promote the event on your blog? Download one of the cool graphics below and start sharing! You can even change your Facebook cover photo, or add a wordpress banner slide! Just want to stay in the loop so you don’t miss a thing? You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter for all the latest updates!
Superhero Week was conceived of and organized by Katie Lynn Daniels with consulting help from Jordan Smith, editing and idea bouncing by Jessie Verve.
Guest posts by Joel Parisi, Ian Healy, and Elizabeth Kirkwood.
Many thanks to our interviewees Liana Brooks and R.J. Ross.
Special thanks also to the Pen and Cape Society, Go Teen Writers, and Homeschooled Authors for their help in promoting this event.
All graphics designed by the incomparable BushMaid.
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