So, what's that mean for you wanna-be cartoonists and writers? Stop procrastinating.
The annual Bad Cartoon contest is free to enter, but all entries must include the artist's name, phone number and address on the BACK. Cartoons can be either single-panel or a strip, and anything goes. While there are no cash prizes, the winner will earn the dubious distinction of having his or her work published in the next 52 editions of Boise Weekly (which he or she will be paid for—not a lot, but hey, it's something). The winning cartoon will be announced in the Dec. 1 edition of BW.
Entries for Fiction 101 will cost you $10 each, but winners will have a chance at some pretty respectable cash prizes, as well as having their work published in the Jan. 5, 2011, edition of BW. As with all things, there are a few ground rules: All entries must be exactly 101 words as counted by Microsoft Word (no counting the title); no poetry; all entries must also include the writer's name, address and phone number on the BACK of each. You can enter as many stories as you like, but each must be accompanied by its own entry fee.
And as if the entry deadline wasn't looming enough already, it might be a good idea to get entries for both contests in early since the date just happens to fall on the same day as one of BW's signature events: the Cover Auction. Since we'll all be heading over to the Idaho State Historical Museum to get things ready for the big event, it's a safe bet that BWHQ will be abandoned early that day.
More questions or concerns? Call BW Office Manager Shea Sutton at 208-344-2055.