Just over a week ago, we reported that The Rap Sheet would be holding a contest through which some lucky reader could win a free copy of crime novelist Elmore Leonard’s forthcoming non-fiction book about the art of fiction composition, appropriately titled Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing. The contest rules have now been posted. To quote from The Rap Sheet:
We’ll give a copy of Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing to the person who can send us the cleverest Leonard-related five-line limerick. Feel free to integrate the titles of Leonard’s novels or any of his characters into your submission, or you might incorporate one or two of the 10 rules of writing that this author has spelled out before, and about which we assume he has more to say in his forthcoming book. Alternatively, you could set out deliberately to break as many of his rules as possible in your limerick. Anything you can do to make your doggerel distinctly Leonard-esque is fine with us. Extra points will be given for rampant creativity.
All limericks must be submitted to The Rap Sheet by next Saturday, October 27. E-mail them here. And please write “Elmore Leonard Contest” in the subject line.
The Rap Sheet will announce a winner on October 30, the official publication date of Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing.
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