Contest Winners!

May 16th, 2008 | Uncategorized

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Hey! The winners of the Daily Distress tabloid contest are just in! Congratulations to these clever people, and massive waves of gratitude to everyone who contributed ads and articles.

Here are the winning submissions:

Andrew Burday, for his “review” of the Essential DTWOF
Anna Beek, for her Peace Rally story
Liza Cowan, for her Lentille D’Or ad
Michael Fahy for his Earthly Paradise drycleaning ad
Jesse Nachem, for “The Chop Shop” profile of Miko
Rebecca Wire, for her same-sex marriage piece
Ellen Orleans for her Betsy Gilhooley story
June Thomas for her La Lentille D’Oh! Feature
Elaine Richards, for her Lentille D’Or review
Helene Newberg for her Middle School Hackers piece
Susan E. Brown for her Bounders/Miko ad AND Buffalo Lake State College ads
Kellan Baker, for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Kassie Schwan for the Frosted Fruit Bats ad.

The winners get original art for a DTWOF episode, a copy of The Essential DTWOF, and a copy of The Daily Distress, which will be a 4 page tabloid.

Everyone else who contributed will get a copy of the book and the tabloid. Katie will be in touch with everyone in the next month or two about the tabloid, for your addresses and such. The book won’t be out till the fall, but we’ll make sure you get that too.


33 Responses to “Contest Winners!”

  1. Susan D says:

    Thank you Alison. I wish I’d had time to do more.

  2. jayinchicago says:

    Congrats winners!
    I guess the Jerry ads were too edgy for them to print. Shucks.

  3. lorraine says:

    What a group of talented very funny people! I particularly liked the Frosted Fruit Bats ad! Congratulations to everybody!

  4. ksbel6 says:

    Thanks for letting us participate, it was a blast reading everyone’s stuff!

  5. Ian says:

    But … but … I’m a genius! How can you not use my stuff? 😉

    Seriously though, congratulations everyone who won, I’m really pleased for you. It was huge fun taking part and dreaming up ideas.

  6. The Cat Pimp says:

    Sigh, I really liked the “Rainbow Automotive” ad with the tranny check. Anyhoo, I’m happy to have been part of this undertaking. Like I said in email to AB, its the first time anyone in my family has published fiction since 1902, LOL.

  7. Cheryl says:

    Anyone mentioning that “The Daily Distress” is a popular perjorative for “The Lock Haven Express” (now just “The Express)?

  8. Teejay says:

    Kin us losers get a… signed copy of the book as a consolation prize? (I don’t want to be greedy, however, and agree with Ian that it was fun to have the chance to take part and exercise that ol’ creative muscle!)

  9. The Other Andi says:

    It was SO much fun to participate in this! And very sweet of you to give us copies of the book, etc. Congrats to everyone whose work was chosen. Alison, enjoy your sabbatical. We’re all eagerly looking forward to your next memoir!

    P.S. I like the idea of posting the “novellas” from the earlier books on the blog, especially if they’re not going to be included in the new compilation, since I don’t have all of the previous books (how did *that* happen??).

  10. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to all the winners and entrants! Truly wonderful effort on everyone’s part, and I’m proud of each and every one of you.

    Can’t wait to see the product. Bravo, everyone. Brah-VO.

  11. rinky (AKA Kath) says:

    Congratulations everybody whose work got chosen. Thanks heaps AB for giving us something so fun to have a go at.

    Also, I looked at all the ones that didn’t get picked again and thought, “Wow, heaps of them are really good too” so I don’t feel so bad about not having mine picked

  12. Liza Cowan says:

    That’s very cool. Thank you. There were so many clever and wonderful submissions, it must have been hard to chose.

  13. Ian says:

    A thought just occurred to me: are they going to use the classifieds and personals as well to fill up space around the main article? Or don’t you know? They were brilliant as well, even if they didn’t qualify for a ‘prize’!

  14. Debs says:

    Awesome. I wish I hadn’t been in post-breakup shock and had the creative energy to submit something. So nice to see everyone’s creative talent, though. Was it fun to read them through? Or surreal?


  15. Chris (in Massachusetts) (NOT The Son of God!) says:

    I would be happy to pay someone (Looking at you, Alison) for a copy of the Daily Distress.

    Will there be some way that someone can buy a copy, rather than haunting the bookstores in the hope of snagging a copy?

  16. The Cat Pimp says:

    I’m with Chris. I want a zillion copies to give to friends and family. 🙂 Better warn that publisher…

  17. advorunnermom says:

    congrats all!
    very creative blogbase we have here, judging from the submissions submitted, not just chosen.
    Go book go!

  18. Pam says:

    Congratulations to the winners. I had fun and really loved everyone else’s submissions. And a thought: there seems to be enough good stuff left over to arrange into a second issue, which could be posted here as a PDF. It probably would be a good idea to wait until the first one has been in circulation for a while. I have Adobe InDesign and could undertake it some time during the summer. Alison, and everyone else, what do you think?

  19. shadocat says:

    I second the congratulations. Oh, and yay, free book!

  20. Teejay says:

    I think Pam’s idea is great!

  21. little gator says:

    Ian-we are *all* genii.

  22. JimB says:

    Could the publisher make the Daily Distress issue available as a PDF file for the rest of us who didn’t submit anything?

  23. iara says:

    Congratulations to the winners!!!

    Congratulations to the rest of us genii too, and here’s hoping for a Salon des Refusés!

  24. Deena in OR says:

    Off topic,

    Does anyone know what the corresponding times will be in the US at 2:28 PM Beijing time tomorrow? I should know this, but am too lazy to look, and I’d like to stand in solidarity if I can. I’m particularly interested in West Coast time, but can extrapolate.

  25. Deena in OR says:

    Never mind, I figured it out myself! 11:28 PM tonight Pacific Daylight time, if anyone else is interested. Which would be 2:28 AM EDT.

  26. Leda says:

    I think this competition is an excellent example of how brilliant fanfic can be and how it could work on this site. It works especially well when not in the original format; spoof articles or ads in no way affect the current suspended story line or challenge Alison’s ownership (legally or conceptually) of the strip, you can clearly see how they are companion pieces. There are all manner of things in the DTWOF universe that could be imagined for laughs, (baby photos of the characters maybe), and could be set a bit like assignments, either by Alison or proposed by ourselves. Keep to other formats and keep away from what is essentially the strip drawn by other people (all though the substitutes were wonderful) and the thorny issues of ownership and continuity should be avoided.

  27. Lea says:

    Am I right or did you use just five ads?
    There were so many beautiful ones 🙁
    PS: No I didn’t take part in the contest 😉

  28. Sophie says:

    Is it fanfic when a cartoonist takes a well-known hyphenation conundrum and gives it a spin?

  29. hetero genus says:

    If they were not already in a strip I missed, my two favorite ads are by the same designer. they are brilliantly Bechdelian and sublimely satirical; We are Family Law and Whole Paycheck Market by Andrea Davis, I think, if the name appears above.

  30. Matron says:

    “Buffalo Lake State College – Where underachievers reach their goal”

    Loved it! Sounds like the school my partner is teaching at.

  31. AndreaC says:

    Congratulations, winners! And thanks, Cat Pimp. 🙂

    I can’t wait to see the final product!

  32. geogeek says:

    Sophie – love the obsessive-compulsive take!

  33. Fabian Alvarez says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! You rock! And we losers rock too, but there wasn’t space in the tabloid to include everything! 😀 😀