The Rule of Three is a powerful one. Where celebrity deaths are concerned, it refers to three famous folks dying within a short period of one another. It's also a tried-and-true storytelling format: The first two times something happens, it ends badly, but the third and final attempt is successful (think The Three Bears or The Three Little Pigs). A list of three items makes for a more dynamic speech: "Give me your poor, your tired, your huddle masses ..." sayeth the Statue of Liberty. When it comes to Boise Weekly, having three important events on the same day makes for a potent mix. And Wednesday, Nov. 17, we have the hat trick of happenings.
First, we have two important deadlines. For you aspiring cartoonists, you have until high noon on Wednesday, Nov. 17, to turn in your entries for our Bad Cartoon contest. And for the fans of fiction writing, 5 p.m. is the drop-deadline for our Fiction 101 contest. If you're reading this, you're probably familiar with both, but in case you're new, Fiction 101 is a contest in which you tell a story in exactly 101 words--we count them using Microsoft Word and we don't include the title. You can enter as many 101-word stories as you like, but each entry must be accompanied by a $10 fee, which, in turn, becomes the prize money. Your name, address and phone number must be included on the back of each entry. A panel of esteemed judges will choose a grand prize winner. The stories will be reprinted in a subsequent edition of Boise Weekly.
Our Bad Cartoon Contest says it all in the name. We are looking for the best of the worst you have to offer. There is no fee to enter this contest and prizes are minimal, but we do require that the winner contribute one cartoon per week for 52 weeks. And for that, we'll pay you $10 each week.
Entries can be dropped off or mailed to BWHQ at 523 Broad St., Boise, Idaho, 83702. Please don't mail cash.
And last but so very not least, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, we kick off what is one of our favorite annual events: the Boise Weekly Cover Auction. We'll have music by locals Hillfolk Noir, art presentation again this year by Trey McIntyre Project dancers and this is the first year we will be joined by local benefit auctioneer Larry Flynn, who has promised to help us raise more money than ever before. The auction takes place at the Idaho State Historical Museum and is free and open to the public. Read more about the auction on this page.