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Announcing a Bibliophilia writing contest:

"What does your avatar say about you?"

Ah, the avatar--as forum communities grow, new and creative ways of self-expression flourish. One such way is through the use of avatars, an image that reflects some aspect of the user's personality. An avatar can either chip away at the bland anonymity of cyberspace or it can symbolize something private to the user--or both at the same time. It can deceive, invent, re-invent, encapsulate, magnify, or downplay. An avatar can relate to a forum member's username, but it doesn't have to. It may or may not be obvious to other members of the same forum what that avatar symbolizes.

Bibliophilia is running a contest to challenge our members to answer the question "What does your avatar say about you?" Write a fiction or non-fiction piece, or even a poem, that works with the visual component of your avatar and guides us in interpreting your avatar.

Entry is free. If you are not already a member of Bibliophilia, you can register for free, upload an avatar, and enter the contest before the November 1, 2014 deadline.

General Guidelines:

  1. Entrants must be registered members of Bibliophorum.org by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1; registration is free.
  2. Entrants must have posted an avatar to their user profile by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1, 2014 (see "Avatar guidelines" below).
  3. Entrants must write 500 words of prose or less (exclusive of the title) or 40 lines or less of poetry (exclusive of the title) to answer the question "What does your avatar say about you?" Entries may be non-fiction or fiction prose or a poem, and must not be published elsewhere either in print or in any digital form (including online).
  4. Entries must have a title.
  5. Entries must include a cover letter with the entrant's username, legal name, pen name (if applicable), mailing address, and email address, as well as a brief (2-3 sentence) bio that will be posted online with the winning entries.
  6. Individuals may enter only once, regardless of how many user profiles they have at the forum. In the event that an individual is found to have entered the contest more than once, all entries from that individual will be deemed invalid.
  7. Entries must be submitted by email to
                bibliophorum1 (at) gmail.com
    with the required information and the text of the entry pasted into the body of the email. The administrator of Bibliophilia.org and Bibliophorum.org is not responsible for lost entries.
  8. Judge's decisions are final. Judge will not enter into any correspondence with the entrants.
  9. No amendments, additions, or changes to an entry are allowed once the entry has been submitted to the above email address. You may withdraw your entry from the contest at any time by emailing us at
                bibliophorum1 (at) gmail.com
  10. Simultaneous submissions are discouraged; please do not submit a work to this contest that is under consideration for publication elsewhere, and please do not submit your entry to this contest for consideration for publication elsewhere until the winners of this contest are announced.


Avatar guidelines:

  1. Entrant's avatar may not be a copyrighted image and must not be previously published in print or in digital form (including online).
  2. Entrant's avatar may not be blank, i.e. the entrant must upload an avatar to their user profile by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1, 2014.
  3. The avatar must be no larger than 120 x 120 pixels and no smaller than 100 x 100 pixels.
  4. The avatar which is the basis of an individual's entry must remain part of their user profile until a winner is announced.



  1. The top three entries will be published on Bibliophilia.org and archived on the site with unrestricted public access. By entering this contest, entrants are thereby agreeing to have their entry published on the site.
  2. First prize: five books authored by Bibliophilia members to be delivered to the prizewinner's mailing address by regular post. Books will represent various genres, including poetry and non-fiction.

    Second prize: four books authored by Bibliophilia members to be delivered to the prizewinner's mailing address by regular post. Books will represent various genres, including poetry and non-fiction.

    Third prize:
    three books authored by Bibliophilia members to be delivered to the prizewinner's mailing address by regular post. Books will represent various genres, including poetry and non-fiction.
  3. Prizewinners will not receive copies of their own book.



  1. The judge for this competition will be Victor Martinez (*read a note from the judge below).
  2. Entries will be judged on the basis of expressiveness, writing skill, creativity in answering the focus question, and the degree of congruence between the entrant's avatar and written entry.
  3. The administrator of Bibliophilia.org and Bibliophorum.org reserves the right not to award any or all of the prizes in the event that none of the entries are judged to be of sufficient merit.
  4. The administrator of Bibliophilia.org and Bibliophorum.org reserves the right to extend the deadline in the event that none of the entries submitted by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1, 2014 are judged to be of sufficient merit.
  5. Response time for the announcement of the winners will depend on the number of entries received.

If you have any questions, please email the forum administrator (bintarab) at

bibliophorum1 (at) gmail.com


*A Note From the Judge, Victor Martinez

My name is Victor Martinez, and I have been asked to judge the Bibliophilia Avatar Writing Contest. You know how judging a literary contest can be, it all depends on how the judge feels on that particular day. I can tell you that most nights, I don't sleep well, so I promise to take the appropriate dosage of pills the night before I get into judging mode.

As for my experience, I have written one novel, two plays, countless short stories, and a bunch of poetry. I've always wanted to be a writer, and as a result I spent 16 years as an English teacher always with a ton of papers to grade, developing rubrics that would be fair to all students. So, all I can hope is that I will be a fair judge to all you writers out there. I look forward to reading your entries, and most of all, to your enthusiasm.


Our latest Flash Challenge winner:

for the round that ended 1 November 2014:


for his prose piece titled "The Red Yacht"


Congratulations, david!


 Register to sign in and read the winning flashes

To become a published writer, you need to write on a regular basis: join our writer's forum and participate in the flash challenges! You need to register and log in to see the prompt for the next flash fiction round in our "Flash Fiction Forum." 

Maybe you have a drawer full of stories you've never shown anyone or maybe you need a support group of other scribblers to keep you motivated to write on a regular basis. Maybe you already have a story to tell or you want some inspiration. Maybe you need some good feedback.

Stop dreaming about it and do it!

"If You Want Something You Never Had, Then Do Something You Never Did"

 ~ Nossrat Peseschkian

Don't wait! Register for free membership at our forum Bibliophorum to access our Flash Fiction forum and participate in our ongoing challenges.

Each challenge runs for about 8 days, so if you don't find inspiration in the prompt for this round, then check back in a few days to see what the new prompt is.

Though it's called a "Flash Fiction challenge," you can submit fiction, poetry, and non-fiction -- as long as it's short (our flash restrictions are a maximum of 350 words of prose or 40 lines of poetry).

We welcome both new and experienced writers. Anyone can win the Bibliotrophy!

Bibliophilia Recommends:

 ARIA: Left Luggage,
a novel by f
ellow Bibliophilia member
Geoff Nelder

LL-Publications is delighted to celebrate the win of ARIA: Left Luggage in the Preditors & Editors Critters Readers’ Poll.

Cover for ARIA: Left LuggageAbout the book:

Today, Jack caught a bug at work. He catches a bus home. By the time he disembarks in the desert town of Rosamond, all the other passengers and the driver have fuzzy heads. Jack had caught an amnesia bug, and it’s infectious.

Imagine the ramifications:

The passengers arrive home, infecting family and friends; some shop en route infecting everyone they meet. The bus now amnesiac bus driver receives more passengers giving them change for last week’s prices, and today’s amnesia. Some passengers work at the power plant, the water treatment works, the hospital, fire station. All shut down in weeks. No more insulin, or other life-saving drugs, are manufactured.

One man, Ryder Nape, realizes what’s going on, but can he persuade friends to barricade themselves in Anafon, a secret valley in North Wales, hiding from the amnesia bug? Or will the original discovers of the case, the astronauts in orbit be their salvation? Apocalyptic yet humour plays its subtle part too.

Without our memories, who are we?

Watch a youtube video about ARIA: Left Luggage here:

‘Geoff Nelder has got to be one of the most remarkable and original thinkers in science fiction today. In ARIA: Left Luggage he toys with (and IN his own brand of twisted blackened humor) yet seriously examines the concept of memory and the part it plays in making us who we are.’

~M. Kenyon Charboneaux, editor of Eros & Rust, Horror award-winning tutor and author of Blood Kiss, one of the Internet’s best selling vampire novels, and 8 City Tales: Darkness Visible

Visit the LL-Publications website to read more about Geoff, to read an excerpt,
and to order the book.

All LL-Publications books are available from: http://www.LL-Publications.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online booksellers.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-905091-95-9

eBook ISBN: 978-1-905091-96-6

Pages: 280


Geoff has won awards for others of his books. He came in the top ten of the P&E for his science fiction Exit, Pursued by a Bee, and won the Award d’Argent for best unpublished novel for Hot Air – a thriller now out as a Kindle. See http://geoffnelder.com for details.

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