Friday, January 20, 2012 | Categories: Day 6 Blog
We're honoured to have Elmore Leonard on Day 6 this week, and to celebrate we have five sets of his three novels featuring the character of U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens to give away: Riding The Rap, Pronto, and the brand-new Raylan. One of these sets could be yours.
All you have to do is knock us out with a truly amazing sentence and you could be one of our five finalists. Winners will have their rule-breaking sentences featured on Day 6 and published in The National Post. We'll also send winners three great Elmore Leonard books courtesy of HarperCollins.
What are we looking for? Well, a winning entry might suddenly open with weather and go on to use verbs other than "said", adverbs, exclamation points, phonetically-rendered regional accents, detailed descriptions of characters and setting, and any other rule-breaking gambit you can squeeze in there.
Something like this:
In the drizzle and fog, the swarthy mustachioed man tempestuously exclaimed, "I reckon all hell's a-breakin' loose in them thar tree-lined hills!"
NOTE: This contest is now closed. We are no longer accepting entries.
ADDENDUM: Just a note of clarification, all of us at Day 6 have nothing but the deepest respect for Elmore Leonard and his craft. This contest is intended to show just how bad writing can be when his rules are ignored.