“Tell Your Story” image courtesy of Chris Maddison
Constant reader, the time has come for the Manifesto’s first ever writing contest. So if you’ve been too shy, too busy or too lazy to join in on the action, now is the time to live your blogging dreams on this… the smallest and shabbiest stage in all AFOLdom. Yes, this is your chance to join the vaunted brotherhood of Liu, Hoffmann, Andes, Rutherford, rountRee, Prasad and Oohlu. Tell your story…blog or die!
+ All entries must be submitted to Legomankeith@aol.com with “Blog or Die!” in the subject line.
+ Original material is required, no previously posted work will be permitted. Plagiarism will result in disqualification and rigorous public shaming by multiple parties.
+ All entries must be submitted no later than January 15, 2018, 11:55pm (Pacific Standard Time). Late entries will still be posted to the Manifesto, but they will not be eligible to win a prize.
+ There is no limit to the number of submissions a writer can enter.
+ All submissions will be posted on the Blog as they come in.
+ Editing will NOT be provided.
+ I reserve the right to disqualify any post that I find to be offensive or abusive.
+ There is no required format or program you must use, I can work with just about anything, although I prefer MS Word.
+ Please provide working links for each photo or video you include in your entry.
+ Rutherford is prohibited from entering the contest, I think we can all agree that he has said quite enough at this point in time. Also, 1000 words won’t even get him to his thesis. The other previously contributing Manifesto authors are eligible to compete and encouraged to do so.
Article: Write a LEGO related article with a minimum 1000 word count on a topic of your choosing. Topics include, but are not limited to anything you’ve seen posted on the Manifesto: convention coverage, constructive criticism, personal narrative, history, hot take debate, the online community, LUGs, omnibus, model spotlight, etc. Please NO PRODUCT REVIEWS of anything that is currently for sale through LEGO. If you can manage to wax eloquent about an out-of-production set without boring everyone, then have at it.
Interview: Select a subject and conduct a written interview with a minimum 1000 word count (you may include the questions in the word count). Subjects include, but are not limited to: fellow builders, LEGO employees, LUG officers, convention directors, BrickLink vendors, bloggers, brickfilms producers, 3rd party manufacturers, etc.
Comics: This category is unique in that it requires both building and writing. Construct a 3 panel (minimum) Lego comic using LEGO elements only (no clones, no custom parts) and at least some text to go along with it. Unlike the first two categories, there is no minimum word count, because as Polonius teaches us, “brevity is the soul of wit”. So if you can say everything you need to in a single sentence, or even a fragment of a sentence, by all means go for it. Digital entries are permitted.
Prizes: Each category winner will receive…
+ A SWAG pack of Manifesto promotional materials including a T-shirt, stickers and Vegas-style poker chips. I will post photos of the SWAG in the coming weeks to inspire the contestants to greater heights.
+ A copy of Jordan Schwartz’s The Art of LEGO Design: Creative Ways to Build Amazing Models, with chapter 12 personalized by yours truly.
+ A $50 e-gift card for use at LEGO.COM.
Judging: As your host I will be the single judge for the competition. I will take into account the comments each entry generates, but the final decisions will be mine alone. At the end of the proceedings, each contestant will be provided with a written review of their entry that will (in theory) help to explain my thought process. Bribes will be casually entertained but likely NOT accepted unless they are uniquely tantalizing. I will be judging purely on the content of your writing, so unless your grammar is abhorrent, it won’t count against you.
There are many paths to victory: be funny, be insightful, be inspiring, be contrarian, be yourself but above all, be entertaining. Good luck!
If you have any questions, the commentarium is open…