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By: Three Day Novel  09-12-2011
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

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Updates from 3DN, sent every two months or so.

2011 3DN Entrant Statistics

The 34th Annual 3-Day Novel Contest is many weeks past, and while hundreds of literary marathoners may have recovered from finger strain, the eye strain is only just beginning for our panel of intrepid judges. While they dive into the thousands of pages of hasty-but-inspired fiction, we present you with a few statistics from this year’s event.

Number of entrants: 548
Share who submitted novels: 67% (down from 71% in 2010)
Share of those who submitted online: 85%

Average word count: 23,700
Median word count: 32,000
Estimated total word count: 13,000,000*

*Update, for to those who wrote in: This is a completely unscientific number, and goes on the assumption that most entrants did produce something, even if they didn’t submit it. It does not include those who participated in the contest without registering.

Countries participating: 13, including Canada (293), USA (234), UK (8), Australia (4) and one each from France, Germany, India, Ireland, Kuwait, Mexico, Serbia, Spain and Switzerland

Congratulations to everyone who found treasure in the 3DN creative process, whether it was in the words you put down during the event or in the ideas that came later. Our judging panel will deliberate over the submissions in the coming months, and we hope to announce their decisions in late January. After that, we’ll send a fancy certificate to every brave entrant who managed to complete and submit their novel, and 3-Day Books will begin the process of adding another fine book to the contest’s body of published work.

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Upcoming 3-Day Novel Events

Canzine West, Vancouver

Drop by our table at the 2nd Annual celebration of independent publishing in the West. Pick up a few cool books and zines, and catch some great workshops, readings and events―including Indie Writers’ Deathmatch! Presented by the good people at Broken Pencil.

Terroryaki! Readings: Massachusetts, Vashon Island, Issaquah

Jennifer K. Chung, champion of the 33rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest, will read from her winning novel at upcoming events in Massachusetts and Washington. If you’re in the area, drop by and listen to a piece of fine fast fiction that will make your spine tingle, your heart melt, and your stomach grumble.

Friday, November 18, 7 p.m.
Room 4-231, MIT
77 Massachusetts Ave.

Vashon Island Public Library, Vashon Island, Washington
Saturday, December 10, 3 p.m.
17210 Vashon Hwy. S.W.

Issaquah Public Library, Issaquah, Washington
Saturday, January 21, 2 p.m.
10 W. Sunset Way

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Terroryaki! in the Press

“An engaging tale about a Taiwanese-American girl who works part-time at a teriyaki restaurant and blogs about her favorite Seattle teriyaki joints. Terroryaki! is as creepy as it is playful, and an easy read about family and food.” 
—Seattle Weekly

“Creepy mystery? Bizarre romance? Hilarious family dysfunction? Terroryaki! has it all in perfect portions, all against the backdrop of the Seattle food scene. At only 122 pages, this is a quick, fun read that will definitely stir up some cravings for your favorite comfort food by the time you’ve finished.” 
—45th Parallel book blog

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Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

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Only 4 Days Left to Register!

Curious? Compelled? Just plain crazy? Sign up today for the world’s most notorious literary marathon.

The contest begins at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, and ends 11:59 p.m., Monday, Sept. 5. Registrations can be submitted online or by mail until end of day this Friday, September 2. And don’t forget: this year you can save yourself some postage by submitting your novel online! (Old-fashioned snail mail is also still accepted.)

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

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Early Bird Deadline Coming Soon!

There’s still plenty of time to register for the 34th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest, but only 17 more days if you want to grab that sweet $5 early-bird discount. (Don’t forget: this year you can also save some postage by submitting your novel online.)

Contest dates: Labour Day Weekend, September 3-5
Early-bird registration deadline: August 5
Final registration deadline: September 2

Book Launch in Seattle

Join us in the Pacific Northwest as we launch the creepy-sweet winner of the 33rd Annual 3-Day Novel Contest. Terroryaki! is the eeriest, funniest and most appetizing book ever to be written about a haunted teriyaki truck, so don’t miss this chance to pick up a copy! You’ll also have a chance to ask author Jennifer K. Chung all of your burning 3-Day Novel survival questions. (Secret Event Tip! There might just be free chicken teriyaki and super-cute pins for early arrivers.)

Sunday, Aug. 28, 2pm - 4pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle []

Free admission

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More Success Stories

Edmonton writer Gayleen Froese won the second season of the 3-Day Novel Contest and also made the shortlist for our 2007 and 2010 marathons. Her latest novel, , is now available through NeWest Press. Listen to Froese and fellow TV contestant Paul Matwychuk talk about their contest experience on .

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

 ”A coffee-fueled, plot-weaving literary juggernaut.”

“Both wonderful and awful.”

Contest dates:  Labour Day weekend, September 3–5
Early-bird registration deadline: August 5, $50 fee
Final registration cutoff: September 2, $55 fee  

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011


Jennifer K. Chung of Bellevue, Washington, for TERRORYAKI!

Jennifer K. Chung, photo by Gavin Jensen

About the Book
It’s three months until the wedding, and Samantha’s Taiwanese parents won’t warm up to her hopelessly white fiancé. Meanwhile, Sam’s food-obsessed sister, Daisy, is on the hunt for an otherworldly take-out truck whose dishes are to die for. Terroryaki! is a quirky tale of love, family, redemption and the best—if slightly cursed—dish of chicken teriyaki to be found in this realm of existence.

About the Author
Jennifer K. Chung is a Taiwanese-American writer, pianist and software engineer. She grew up in Southern California and studied computer science at MIT in Cambridge, MA. In her spare time, Jennifer plays keyboard in a goth metal band and studies the Japanese martial art of Naginata. She lives near Seattle.


Gwendolyn Bird of Kasilof, Alaska
For The Island of Broken Toys, the haunting tale of a community of mysterious children who seek out the truth behind their exile.


Tate Young of Toronto, Ontario
For The Ridgeback, a witty thriller about a bloody murder, a very large diamond and a dogwalker on the run.


  • Jon Billman of Stillwater, Oklahoma, for Bicycle Tramps
  • Alan James Blair of Stillwater, Oklahoma, for The Mermaid’s Brother
  • Jenni Bomford of Prince George, B.C., for Spiritual
  • Keith Chittleborough of Glen Waverley, Australia, for Near Dreg Experience
  • Paul Colley & Laura Colley of Pickering, Ontario, for Clockwork
  • Logan Evans of Pullman, Washington, for The Boundary Nebula
  • Gayleen Froese of Edmonton, Alberta, for What the Cat Dragged In
  • B. Gordon of Victoria, B.C., for Archipelago
  • Diana Holdsworth of Amherst, Massachusetts, for The Golden Tooth
  • Jimmm Kelly of Vancouver, B.C., for The Little Man
  • Ashok Mathur of Vancouver, B.C., for The First White Black Man
  • Iulia Park of Toronto, Ontario, for Canadian Experience
  • Rudy Thauberger of Vancouver, B.C., for Evil Beach Dance Party
  • Jake Wallis Simons of Winchester, United Kingdom, for 24/3
  • Jenny D. Williams of Brooklyn, New York, for The Widow and the Twin

We’d also like to give special mention to this year’s youngest entrants, three-time contest veterans Natasha Carr-Harris, Abby Adams and Sean Vipond, as well as our latest under-10 entrant, Albrightine Ngusurun Orsar.

Save the date! The next 3-Day Novel Contest will take place Labour Day weekend, September 3-5, 2011. Registration will open in late spring.

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Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

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3-Day News for the New Year

It’s the beginning of a new year, which means our 2010 entrants are on tenterhooks, waiting to get their coveted 3DN stickers in the mail and to hear the results of the 33rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest. Due to a wealth of worthy entries, our judges may be a little later with their decisions this year, and so we ask for a little more patience! We hope to release our list of winners at the end of January or early February. In the meantime, here are some items and links of interest to keep you occupied and writing well into winter.

Save the date! The 34th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest will take place September 3-5, 2011.

Success Stories from 3DN Survivors

Bonnie Bowman, who won the 1999 3-Day Novel Contest with her provocative novel, , has released her second novel with Anvil Press. Spaz is the story of a nerdy kid who survives a cloying suburban childhood and grows up to pursue his passion for designing the ultimate women’s shoe—and to find the woman who fits it. Get your copy of Bowman’s latest novel at the .

Other Contests and Calls

A few interesting writing contests to keep your literary skills well-honed for next Labour Day. (Note: These organizations are not associated with 3DN.)

Indie Writers’ Deathmatch IV
Our friends at Broken Pencil have extended the deadline of their literary smackdown until January 10, so there’s still time to enter for those with a thick skin and a sharp pen.
Deadline: January 10, $20 fee (includes subscription).

Coffee Shop Author
You don’t have to write your novel in three days, but you do have to write it in your local coffee shop. Prize is a trip to fabulous Fernie, B.C.!
Deadline: February 15 for registration, March 31 for submission, $30 fee.

First Page Fiction
Does a whole novel seem like too much right now? A contest in the UK only wants to see your best first page…but it better make them wish there was a novel to follow.
Deadline: February 20, £3 fee.

Circumpolar Literature
What is it about the circumpolar space that is different? Send your writing on this theme to Arctica magazine. Open to everyone, from every latitude.
Deadline: April 1, no fee.

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News « 3-Day Novel Contest

Youngest 2010 participant: 9Youngest-ever participant: 9 (now participating for her 3rd year at 11 years old)Oldest-known returning entrants: 86 and 88 Earliest year of previous entry for a returning participant: 1981Minimum number of former shortlisters returning: 31. 3DN 2011 is many months away, so we’ve looked up a few interesting writing contests and calls for submissions to keep your literary skills sharp until next Labour Day.


Press « 3-Day Novel Contest

Through his sparse, economical writing and keen ear for believable dialogue, Sedore unerringly pulls the reader in, making us care about the three main players in the book. Jake Wallis Simons, an entrant in the 33rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest and the author of, has written an account of his creative ordeal for the London Times. You’ll wish a mysterious teriyaki food truck circled your neighbourhood, too.”—Broken Pencil magazine.


Events « 3-Day Novel Contest

One great way to recover from the rigours of the 3-Day Novel Contest is to get a taste of the kind of fiction that can be conceived during the marathon—and one such opportunity is coming up in Toronto. Jason Rapczynski reading 10:15 a.m., the Reading RoomFresh Ink Writers Conference750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 8pm - 11pm152 Augusta Avenue, Toronto.