Susan Berliner is the author of the supernatural thrillers, "DUST," "Peachwood Lake," "The Disappearance," "Corsonia," the short story collection, "The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales," and the new dystopian series, The Touchers: "After the Bubbles" and "Soldier Girl."
"Hat Trick," one of 13 tales in my forthcoming book, George's Mother and Other Weird Stories, is a sequel to "The Repunzel Effect." In that story, which appears in The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales, I hinted Deb would get into trouble with a sorcerer's hat—and of course, she does.
For this contest, let's pretend there's a one-letter typo in the word "Hat," creating a totally different kind of magic trick-based story. Here are two possibilities:
"Hut Trick" - A shack becomes a palace
"Fat Trick" - A truly miraculous weight-loss diet
Winner will receive a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble.
Two Runners-Up will receive autographed copies of their choice of George's Mother and Other Weird Stories, After the Bubbles, Soldier Girl, The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales, Corsonia, The Disappearance, Peachwood Lake, or DUST.
This contest will end on Friday, May 1, 2020. Winners (based on creativity and cleverness) will be notified by email and their entries and names will be posted here.
To enter, change just one letter in the word "Hat" and briefly describe your new "___ Trick" story. You may enter as often as you like. This contest is open to U.S. residents only.
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Thanks to everyone who entered the Dystopian "Girl" Contest, relating to my two-book Touchers series--After the Bubbles and Soldier Girl--in which falling bubbles lead to the end of the world. For this contest, entrants had to create a dystopian book title using the word "Girl" and briefly describe the new novel.
Here are the best books:
First Place ($25 gift card to Barnes & Noble):
A new ice age is coming, causing the planet to be in a perpetual state of winter.
Regina Munroe, North Haven, CT
Runners-Up: Autographed copy of Corsonia, The Disappearance, Peachwood Lake, DUST, The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales, After the Bubbles, or Soldier Girl:
She transforms a dying world through unconditional love of all sentient beings.
Robbin Anglin, Haines City, FL
They thought she had died...but that was her plan.
Andrea Swiderski, Waterville, ME