I’m currently doing a blog tour to promote the publication of Game Night, in its entirety, on EN World in weekly instalments (you can start reading it here). I’ve just made the latest stop at Ian Sturrock’s Blog, where he first interviews me, and then launches a competition that has a free copy of Game Night as its prize.

The competition is to write a drabble on the theme of roleplaying game comedy.

Drabble (Wikipedia Entry)

A drabble is an extremely short work of fiction exactly one hundred words in length, although the term is often incorrectly used to indicate a short story of fewer than 1000 words. The purpose of the drabble is brevity and to test the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space.

In drabble contests participants are given a theme and a certain amount of time to write. Drabble contests, and drabbles in general, are popular in science fiction fandom and in fan fiction. The concept is said to have originated in UK science fiction fandom in the 1980s; the 100-word format was established by the Birmingham University SF Society. Beccon Publications published three volumes, “The Drabble Project” (1988) and “Drabble II: Double Century” (1990), both edited by Rob Meades and David Wake, and “Drabble Who” (1993), edited by David J. Howe and David Wake. It was popularized online at 100Words.com.

To enter the competition, just make a comment on Ian’s post, here. I guess you’ll need to register with LiveJournal, but that’s free and only takes a couple of minutes. We’ve already got two entries as I type this, and the tweet I made to publicise it has been retweeted by Danni from Forbidden Planet, Matt Forbeck and John Kovalic as well as several others, so I’m hoping we’ll get a really good response. If you know anyone who’s into writing and might like a crack at it, please pass this along to them. Although there will only be one winner, I’ll do a post highlighting all the entries.

I’m looking forward to seeing what people come up with.