Monday, June 9, 2008

New Contest: Narnia Mania Strikes Pix-N-Pens!

Today, we welcome Cheryl Dunlop as our special guest judge for a very special - and FUN - contest! Cheryl is co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the World of Narnia, and will send the winner of this week's contest an autographed copy of this new release.

To enter the contest: Submit an original story of your own - 2500 words or less - about a character or characters finding themselves in a new world. The means of getting into that world, the world itself, and the characters, are up to you, the writer. But you CANNOT use any of the characters from, or any part of the world of Narnia, as part of your story. Any story referencing Narnia will be disqualified.

Submit your story to me at tracyruckman [at] gmail [dot] com by this Friday for your chance to win The Complete Idiot's Guide to The World of Narnia (co-authored with James S. Bell Jr., October 2007)--a fun look at C. S. Lewis, Narnia, Aslan, fairy tales, each of the seven books in the Narnia series, and more. Includes art, two-color printing throughout, humor and trivia, and also available in a Books on Tape version (read by Chris Fabry).

Let's get aquainted with our guest judge:

A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Cheryl Dunlop is co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the World of Narnia and author of Follow Me as I Follow Christ: A Guide for Teaching Children in a Church Setting. She has several fiction and nonfiction works in process and seeking publication. She has been a full-time freelance editor and writer in Nashville, TN for five years after a decade editing for Moody Publishers in Chicago. She now edits for several publishers and helps unpublished individuals improve their writing.

Cheryl has taught Sunday school and counseled in church camps since her teen years, as well as living for seven years in inner-city Chicago and ministering to neighborhood children. Sometimes a foster mom, she also volunteers to drive seniors to medical appointments and visits with them in their homes or assisted living. She has been interviewed on several radio outlets, including Moody Broadcasting Network’s Midday Connection. She has also written devotionals, book covers, and study guides (including the friendship journal in the Moody edition of Jill Briscoe’s Thank You for Being a Friend), and other assorted writings.

She lives with her collie, Miss Tennessee, pictured with her here. See her website at

We'll post entries as they arrive. Happy writing!

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