- Bestselling Novel Identification Contest overview
- How to participate in the Novel ID Contest
- Grand Prize (a $2,500 value)
- Other Prizes
- Verification of winners
- How to enter more than once
- Entry submission format
- Terms and Conditions
- 1. Bestselling Novel Identification Contest overview back to top
- For the Bestselling Novel Identification Competition, also known as the Novel ID Contest, we have prepared a sample FictionFixer novel evaluation of a bestselling novel written within the past 50 years. This 40-page evaluation omits the novel title and character names, referring to characters generically: protagonist, antagonist, love interest, confidant, foil, helper, mentor, etc. Because this is a sample file, several of the evaluation categories have been abridged, but not many, and not by much, and not in any way that might influence the outcome of the contest.
To win a prize in the Bestselling Novel Identification Contest, you must supply the title and author of the novel evaluated in the sample report. The Novel ID Contest will award one grand-prize valued at $2,500, and ten runners up, each valued at $49.95. You may find that when you examine the sample evaluation, the book comes to mind immediately, or you may need to study the evaluation and compare it to a range of possibilities.
If you are an author or editor, the likelihood of your having read this particular bestseller is high.
2. How to participate in the Novel ID Contest back to top
- To participate in the Novel ID Contest, you must first download the sample evaluation file (252 k). The file is in PDF format and should be readable on all computers. You can obtain a free PDF reader called from Adobe, if you do not already have a one (examples: Acrobat, Acrobat Reader, Adobe Reader).
After you examine the evaluation, you may find that the title of the book is obvious to you. Feel free to study the evaluation as much as you like to assist you in your quest.
You may not use computer software to attain an unfair advantage over other competitors. Of course, we cannot stop you from using computer software as an aid to determine the title of the book. However, we ask that you do not use any tools that are not publicly available to other contestants. Read the section called "Verification of winners" for more information about this.
3. Grand Prize (a $2,500 value) back to top
- If you are the first person to correctly identify the novel in the FictionFixer Bestselling Novel Identification Contest, you will receive our most advanced product for free: "The Works!"" a $2,500 value. To understand what that includes, please peruse our product line at PayPal, and also read about ordering here.
- Obviously, the prize will be most valuable to you if you have a novel in progress, or if you are an editor or publisher working with an author, however, you can save the prize for a later date. If you have a partially completed novel, you could request the human critique portions of the prize take place prior to the computer evaluation.
- The next ten people who correctly identify the novel in the FictionFixer Bestselling Novel Identification Contest will receive their choice of any one of the ten "Trial Evaluations" listed at the top of either of the ordering pages at PayPal or Kagi.
- Again, the prize will be most valuable to you if you have a novel in progress, or are an editor or publisher working with an author, however, you can save the prize for a later date. If you want to apply the prize to a novel-in-progress, remember that FictionFixer requires a minimum sample of 30,000 words.
5. Verification of winners back to top
- We want to exclude the possibility of simply guessing the title of the contest novel. All winners are required to justify their conclusions with at least two points in the evaluation that "tipped you off" to the identity of the book. If these points seem too general or contrived, we reserve the right to request a third justification for your answer.
6. How to enter more than once back to top
- Anyone may enter the Novel ID Contest once and only once for free. If you would like to submit another entry, you must order an evaluation (Trial Evaluations included) from our ordering pages at PayPal or Kagi. Along with each order you make, you are entitled to one additional Novel ID Contest entry. We do not deny that the purpose of this contest is to generate interest in FictionFixer.
7. Entry submission format back to top
- Email your entries to Contest@FictionFixer.com. Include the following information:
- Your name
- Your address
- The email address you wish to use for contact
- Your phone number (optional)
- The title of the Contest Novel
- The author of the Contest Novel
- At least two reasons draw from the Contest Novel's Evaluation (the PDF file you downloaded -- see item 2 above) that led to your conclusion.
- The original deadline has been extended. When we have a winner, the contest will be over.
- The downloadable evaluation (see item 2 above) contains an abundance of clues to the identity of the novel that generated it. If you have read this page carefully, you may have noticed several other clues:
- The novel was a bestseller
- The novel was published within the past fifty years
- FictionFixer's evaluation of this novel is a good example of how styles change
- We have resisted the urge to refer to the contest as the Mystery Novel Identification Contest
- We probably did not choose the November 11 deadline randomly
- If you consider yourself well-read, you have likely read the novel in question
10. Terms and Conditions back to top
- 1) The entry process and competition format are described in this document.
- 2) You may enter only once, except under the conditions described in item 6 above.
- 3) The Grand Prize winner is the first person to provide the title and author name of the bestselling novel from which FictionFixer generated the downloaded evaluation file named, FictionFixerSample.pdf.
- 4) If two people submit the correct answer at precisely the same time, the competition organizers will determine the winner from the reasons given for choosing the book title entered (see items 5 and 7 above)
- 5) The next ten people who provide the correct title will be awarded prizes according to item 4 above.
- 6) If there are no winners, we reserve the right to either cancel the competition, or extend the deadline.
- 7) All decisions of the competition organizers are final.
- 8) These rules may be amended or appended as deemed necessary by the organizers, however, the prizes, entry format, deadlines, and other essential matters will not be altered.