Nathan Bransford, Author

Friday, May 23, 2008

The Preposterously Magnificent Sole Survivor Is...

JEFF PROBST: 5 days, nearly 600 entries, over 250 votes... who will be named the preposterously magnificent sole survivor?

I'll go tally the votes.

First vote... Victoria Schwab. That's one vote Victoria Schwab.

Second vote... emeraldcite. That's one vote Victoria Schwab, one vote emeraldcite.

Third vote.... ah, let's go to the winner, shall we?

The winner, and sole survivor of the Preposterously Magnificent Dialogue Challenge is...

The tribe has spoken.


Nominees and sole survivor, please e-mail me after June 3rd regarding your prize. The blog will be on vacation next week, but will return on or about June 3rd.

Thanks again to everyone who entered the challenge, this was a ton of fun, and for the new people stopping by, please stick around!


Adaora A. said...

That's completely brilliant. Maybe for the next contest you'll send a bottle of the winner's favorite wine and a agent contract?

I'm Gonna be suffering from huge withdrawal to see no posts here next week but I'll manage - coffee, sweets, and all that). Have a great vacation!

dramabird said...

Congratulations to Polenth. Doughnuts all around!

Congratulations also to Nathan, not just for surviving another contest, but for being named one of Writer's Digest's best 101 writing sites of 2008.

No wonder we all keep coming back for more!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Polenth!

(Now, to ponder where and what our Nathan does on his time off????
Who was that masked man?)

Gail Goetz said...

Polenth...lot of people you beat out for the top prize. Congratulations!

Kiersten said...

Oh man, do you ever deserve a vacation!

Thanks for the fun and entertainment, and enjoy your break.

Michele said...

Polenth, your dialog was fabulous! Congratulations..I'm heading to Krispy Kreme right now in your honor!

Polenth said...

Yay, the tribe isn't going to eat me today! Or whatever it is survivors get on that show.

Anyway, thanks for voting for me! I lack doughnuts to celebrate with, but I'll try and correct that tomorrow.

Thanks for running the contest Nathan and enjoy your holiday.

emeraldcite said...

Congrats, Polenth!

Thanks to Nathan for a great contest. I was really proud (not to mention absolutely surprised) to be a finalist.

Great dialogue was posted by all.

To everyone who voted for my entry: thanks for the confidence boost. We all need a little of that sometimes.

I had a blast paring my entry down to the nitty gritty. It was tough to kill the darlings, but in the end, the slimmer dialogue was pretty smooth.

Victoria Schwab said...

Thank you so much, Nathan, for holding this contest, and thank you to EVERYONE who voted.

I truly enjoyed being a part of this competition.

Have a wonderful, and very deserved, vacation.

Mary said...

Congrats to Polenth and all the finalists!

Nathan, enjoy your well-deserved blogation.

Betty Atkins Dominguez said...

Congratulations Polenth

Lisa Molson said...
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Other Lisa said...

COngratulations, Polenth! (I voted for you too!)

Lisa Molson said...

Oops, I meant "Nathan" Sorry! Don't know why I called you "Nate"

Caryn said...

Congratulations to all of the finalists! And have a good vacation, Nathan.

Dave F. said...

Congratulations and thanks for the contest.

You have my permission to stuff yourself with barbecued beast on memorial day.

Phoenix said...

Congrats Polenth, finalists and all who entered! And big congrats to Nathan for hosting and surviving (now go tan yourself)!

Serenissima said...

Well done, Polenth!

Congrats to all the finalists and a huge thanks to Nathan!

sarah said...

Thanks again Nathan! That was a real hoot.

Wish you oodles of fun during your time off. We'll be waiting for you :-)))

p.s. vhonkpcp--that sounds like vacation fun, doesn't it?

sarah said...

oh, and congrats to the finalists and Polenth!!!

(I voted for you too :-))

Luc2 said...

LOL, love the pic.

Thanks Nathan, and congrats to Polenth. Great bit of dialogue!

Tracey S. Rosenberg said...

Congratulations, Polenth!

Thank you, Mr. Bransford!

The whole 'following the rules' issue made me think quite a lot about professionalism in writing - specifically, querying to agents - and I wrote a long entry about it. If anyone wants to continue that discussion, especially in the wake of Nathan-withdrawal, I heartily welcome them round to my blog.

Jessica said...

Enjoy your holiday!

mkcbunny said...

Congratulations to all of the finalists for making a tough cut in a public contest.

Congrats to the winner, Polenth. I am pleased.

And thanks to Nathan for embarking on yet another seemingly crazy contest adventure. You are both revered and insane.

mkcbunny said...


I mean that in a good way. ...

Leis said...

Well deserved, Polenth, Congratulations!

Nathan, I believe you have the respect and admiration of the entire community for your generosity and the rare quality of approachability. Thank you for a great contest!

Conduit said...

Congratulations to Polenth! :)

Bartholomew von Klick said...

Hey, no fair. You can't go on a blogging vacation. I just now found you...!

JES said...

Congratulations, Polenth! I really liked your dialogue (wish I myself had been smart enough to do the "flash fiction" thing :).

And congratulations, Nathan, on the well-earned vacation. In light of the last 48 hours or so, it's kinda surprising you're not going to be gone until July!

(Thanks for what you do with this blog.)

cc said...

Three cheers for Polenth!!

Thanks Nathan, for doing this. I learn a ton every time. Enjoy your vacation!

Sam Hranac said...

Nicely done, all! Congrats Polenth.

Thanks Nathan.

Just_Me said...

Hooray for Polenth!

(hands Nathan something stiff for reading that much)

No wonder you're taking a vacation! Enjoy!

Maripat said...

Congrats, Polenth!

Donuts and drills all around.

Nathan, I'm in awe how cool you kept things. Man, if anyone needs a vacation it's you. Have a good one!

Michelle Moran said...

Great contest, Nathan!

Melanie Avila said...

Congratulations Polenth!

Nathan, enjoy your holiday.

Chumplet said...

Yay, Polenth! One of our AW peeps!

ORION said...

I toss a virtual lei your way Polenth!

V L Smith said...

A round of applause for Polenth!

Katzie said...

Congrats Polenth!

:-( I was going to vote for you but missed the deadline...sorry! I'm glad you won! ^_^

nymeria87 said...

Whoohoo, congratz :D

And Nathan, I think everyone agrees that you've earned yourself a week of blog-vacation.

Thanks a lot for hosting the contest again, it was great and interesting fun :D

austexgrl said...

Nathan???? Puleezeee? !! I think I am subscribing to the wring blog. Sorry!

Will Entrekin said...

Congrats to the winner, and have a great break, Nathan.

gem said...

Oh, dag nab it. I missed the deadline. Congratulations to the winner. I would have entered this excerpt from my most recent novel, THE SHAKER PROPOSAL (I won't miss the next one):

Goody clapped his hands. “It’s a fairy tale starring Princess Grace and Prince Truesdale. But how was he as a lover? If he was really good, maybe I won’t write off older men.”

“Gentle, attentive. He knew how to please. He wants to marry my inner thighs.”

“Oh, Goldilocks, who to choose? True or Addison? Papa Bear or Baby Bear?”

I stared at the ice in my glass, trying to divine the answer among the cubes. “It’s whom to choose.”

“Okay, Grammar Nazi. Whom to choose. Did you take that Superhero dating quiz?”

“I should date Iron Man. Apparently I want a man who––”

”Works hard, plays hard, and gets what he wants! He’s my perfect match, too.” Goody interrupted. “So, here’s how you choose: Who’s most like Iron Man, if True was on Viagra?”

“I don’t know either of them well enough to answer that.”

“So ask them other questions and compare their answers.”

“Like the Superhero Dating Quiz questions? So, Addison, do you like heights or flying? Are you wealthy? Do you like women who are more powerful than you? How about you, True? Should women be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Boxers or briefs? On second thought, I already know the answer to that question.”

“Details, chiquita!”

“Look, I don’t want to date Iron Man. I have no desire to huddle under the covers with a playboy in an iron suit.”

“Why the hell not?” Goody asked. “Sounds fabulous to me.”

Arachne Jericho said...

Polenth, congratulations, and many hugs!

And I know that mushroom anywhere. Another one for the AW forums!

Wanda B. Ontheshelves said...

Congratulations to Polenth, best wishes for your grand prize feedback!

On a related note:

Curtis Brown agent auctions off a critique:

Donald Maas is listed, and other agents - maybe next year Nathan Bransford will auction off a critique/partial read etc?

Just some Memorial Day fun

Wanda B.

Eric said...

Well done, Polenth.

Congrats to the finalists as well. And, of course, thanks to our host Nathan for another great contest.

Julie Weathers said...

Congratulations. That was a lot of competition, so savor the very deserved victory.

Kim Stagliano said...

Congrats! What's this about donuts? May I have one please?
(PS) I was at an autism conference in Chicago and met a woman who is a writer and her agency is Curtis Brown! Not Nathan though. Small world!

cindy said...

oh noes, the dialogue contest put nathan into a deep coma. =(

Kristin said...

Wonderful job, all finalists, and a particular congratulations to Polenth! Thanks so much for creating, hosting, and judging another great contest, Nathan, and congrats on your best site award. Looking forward to that award winner returning next week.

Sam Hranac said...

Gasp... pant... can't... last... must... get... Nathan fix...

Wanda B. Ontheshelves said...

The Preposterously Do-It-Yourself This Week in Publishing

For all those of you missing your daily serving of Nathan Bran Serial, may I suggest contributing something to a DIY version of This Week in Publishing?

I'll throw out the easy one - Scott McClellan's White House memoir, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception," which I understand went on sale a little early due to demand. Is the demand there because betrayal sells memoirs - or because truth, long-awaited truth, sells? Suggested companion reading: Woodward and Bernstein's 1974 "All the President's Men."

Anyone else have news of This Week in Publishing?

Neptoon said...

Aloha Nathan,

Drat...I missed a contest. I've been away raising a threshing machine some canine experts call a Chocolate Labrador. Ahhh...parenthood in your sixties!!! I'm teaching him to ride Kareem's board tandem with me

Anyway, Polenth was indeed entertaining...congrats to her. Free surf lessons as a bonus prize!

Speaking of contests...Nathan...who are you rooting for to lose to the Lakers?

Lisa McMann said...

Congrats Polenth!

Great contest, Nathan. You rock, spending so much time helping people.

محسن said...


Lane said...

Post idea in case you haven't done it yet:

I'm wondering what your opinion is on novel length for different genres. I know YA can be shorter, and fantasy can be longer, but I am hoping for an agent opinion. I'm wondering because I'm concerned that my MS will get rejected based on length (44K) rather than writing ability (though for all i know it could get rejected for that reason anyway haha).

And if anyone has any helpful links on the subject that would be lovely.

Nathan Bransford said...


Beat you to it:

Word Count

Lane said...

Oh. Duh. I read that one before. Thank you.

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