102 Contest and Event Ideas for Authors
January 19, 2014
102 Contest/Event Ideas for Authors
1. Scavenger Hunt with other authors
2. Recipe Contest based on foods in your book-give a restaurant gift card or a cookbook
3. Goodreads Giveaway
4. Amazon Contest-write reviews, create listopias, vote on reviews, create tags
5. Live Author Chat-Goodreads, Ustream, etc
7. Back to School writing contest-you write a paragraph and they finish it-prizes for most humorous, most romantic, most shocking, etc.
8. Vlog Contest-Fans create and post vlogs reviews, or talk about why they love your book
9. B & N Contest-Participants write reviews, vote on reviews, & “like” the book pages
10. Best Photo Caption-Post a photo that inspired your book and ask fans to create a caption.
11. Live Text Chat-on Facebook, Twitter, blogs
12. Offerpops on Facebook-participants leave comments under a “do you like A or B?” format
13. Solve online jigsaw puzzles featuring your new book cover or a picture that inspired you
14. Crossword Contest-create online puzzle
15. Trivia Tuesday-Post a five question trivia blog about your book every Tuesday and have fans submit their answers
16. Wordsearch Puzzle-Create online wordsearch for words found in your story
17. Art Contest
18. Poetry Contest
19. Design a (monster, dragon, hero) Contest
20. Valentine’s Design a Date contest-Describe your perfect date with the literary hero of your choice
21. Why Do I Deserve Contest-Give away international copies by asking fans why they deserve your book in that language.
22. My Dream Movie Cast Contest-Participants submit their choices a cast of your characters-movie prize pack
23. Slogan Contest-Fans come up with slogans to fit your series-example is “Let the Games Begin” (Hunger Games)
24. Book Trailer Contest-fans create their own book trailers for your book
25. Have an online Birthday Party for one of your characters
26. A Day In The Life Of-Have your editor, agent, producer, publicist, marketing director, and you, ect write a short summary of a typical day in their life and have fans vote on their fav
27. Make a Wish contest-Each person submits a wish related to your series and you grant one
28. Thankful Contest-Thank authors who have influenced you and ask fans to submit stories of authors who influence them. Give away a basket of books by your fav authors.
29. Trick or Treat contest-Which sections of your books “tricked” your fans the most and which parts are “treats” they read over and over again. Give away a basket of treats.
30. Picture Contest-Fan snap a picture of themselves holding your book
31. The “Guess How Many” Contest-post a photo online and have fans guess how many of something you have ie Steampunk boots, scarves, tigers, etc.
32. Mother’s/Father’s Day Contest-Talk about a mother/father character in your book and encourage fans to write about those figures in their life-give away a related prize
33. Guess Where Game-Post a picture of you somewhere and have fans guess where you are
34. Favorite Quote-Fans post a favorite quote and the one with the most “likes” wins
35. Storyteller Contest-Post three random pics and ask fans to come up with a short story idea tying them together.
36. “Like” Raffle-Fans “like” one of your comments to be entered in a raffle
37. Tweet-A-Pic Contest-Fans tweet a pic to you of interesting things or places and you can choose one to feature in a short story or a book
38. Merchandising Contest-Ask fans to submit ideas for what merchandise they’d like to have related to your book-good for market research
39. Tweet A Picture of Your Book-Fans send a picture of your book and you choose one to win a signed copy to give away to a friend
40. Patriotic Contest-Submit a patriotic photo or short essay
41. What I Would Most Like to Win Contest-Fans submit ideas for what they’d like to get, a signed book, a signed tee, a charm bracelet, dinner with the author, etc.
42. I Spy Contest-take an up close picture of one of your books, products, or favorite things and have fans guess what it is.
43. Unusual Holiday Contests-http://www.brownielocks.com/may.html
44. Adventure Contest-Describe an adventure you’d like to go on with a character from your book-give a gift card relating to that adventure
45. Name a Character Contest-Names are submitted and one is chosen that will be featured in your next book or short story
46. Dress Up Contest-Participants dress up like characters in your book and submit photos
47. Submit a Song Contest-Fans submit ideas for your playlist-choose one as a winning song
48. Pick a Number Contest-You choose a number and let fans guess. They can only submit a number once.
49. Oldest Fan/Youngest Fan Contest-Prizes are given to your oldest and youngest participants
50. Ugliest Contest-Apply to your book, photos are submitted of the ugliest tree, dog, building, flower or whatever applies to your book.
51. Embarrassing Contest-Talk about your most embarrassing moment and ask fans to share theirs
52. Worst Date Contest-Fans share their worst dates with you and you pick one for a prize
53. Limerick Contest-Choose a theme or use your book as a theme
54. Joke Contest-Submit a joke that one of the characters in the book would say.
55. Character Interview
56. Blog Commenter Contest-Tell fans you’ll give a prize to the person who comments most frequently on your blog that month
57. #1 Fan Contest-What extremes have your fans gone to? Ask for a report and select your #1 fan.
58. Celebrate Your Inner Child Contest-What were your favorite books as a child?
59. Fan Fiction Contest-Fan fiction chapters are submitted and judged and a prize is awarded
60. A Picture is Worth 100 Words-Let fans write 100-300 words about a picture you post.
61. Vacation Getaway Contest-Readers write an ad describing a vacation destination from your book
62. Name the Chapter Contest-Participants submit possible names for a chapter
63. Book Cover Contest-Fans submit possible book covers-best one wins a signed copy
64. Back Story Contest-Readers pick a secondary character and write a short paragraph describing his/her backstory.
65. Collage Contest-Fans create a collage inspired by your book and then submit a picture of it.
66. Romance Contest-Ask readers to talk about their favorite literary romantic couple other than your own.
67. Career Change-If you could have the chance to go back again and get your dream job what would it be?
68. Favorite Books of the Year-Fans create a top ten list of favorite books they read this year.
69. Survival Kit-What would readers pack in a survival kit if they had to live in the world of your book
70. Paranormal Faceoff-Would you rather date a shifter, vamp, werewolf, fairy, angel, etc. and why?
71. Audiobook Giveaway-What was the first audiobook you listened to? Why do you like audiobooks?
72. Shifters-If you could shift into any creature what would it be and why?
73. Genre Contest-What is your favorite genre and why?
74. Bad Boys vs Good Guys-Which do you like better and explain your reasons
75. Change the Book Contest-If you could change one thing about my book what would it be and why?
76. Savor the Danger-Which scene of the book had you on the edge of your seat? What scared you the most?
77. Talent Contest-What talent do you have that you wish you could loan to a book heroine? Which skill of any of my book characters do you wish you had?
78. Reading Quiz-What time of day do you do most of your reading and where do you like to read?
79. Pick a Partner-If you were to go on a paranormal adventure what five traits would you like your traveling companion to have?
80. The Major Game-Fans list what your characters would major in if they went to college
81. Inspiring Women-What women have inspired you?
82. Overcoming-Describe how you overcame an obstacle in your past.
83. Pack Your Bags-If you could have an adventure with a handsome stranger where would like to go?
84. Worst Gift Ever-What was the worst gift you ever received from a boyfriend, a husband, for Valentine’s etc.
85. Traveling Author-If you were an author packing for a trip what is the worst possible thing you could leave at home?
86. Based on a Book-What is your favorite movie/television adaptation of a book or series?
87. Relationship Tips-What’s the best tip you ever heard about making a marriage/relationship work?
88. Battle Contest-If you had to fight a monster, demon, villain from one of my books, which one would you choose and why?
89. Find the Cover Contest-Hide your new cover on your website somewhere and ask fans to find it.
90. Weapons-If you could fight as a superhero using any type of a weapon, which weapon would you choose and why?
91. Create a Character Contest-Describe a new character that would fit into my book. What do they look like, act like, do?
92. Name a Nail Polish-If you could create a series of nail polishes reflecting the themes in my book what colors would you pick and what would they be called?
93. Dystopia or Paranormal-which type of book would you rather live in?
94. Skype Visit-Teachers, book clubs, bookstores, even individuals why would you want to host a Skype session with me?
95. Guess the College-Fans guess where you attended college and prize pack is a college themed gift pack
96. Book Scavenger Hunt-Take a picture of yourself holding not your copy of a book but another one in a library, at a bookstore, or with a friend. Key your friend, the bookstore manager, or the librarian must be in the picture with you.
97. Design a Cake/Cupcake/Cookie Contest-that matches the theme of your book
98. Dress a Character-Fans would pick a character from your book, select clothing for them, and explain why they chose it. Prize gift cert to a clothing store.
99. Flag Contest-Design a flag that would fit the theme of your book.
100. Door Decorating Contest-Fans decorate their bedroom or library door and send a picture.
101. Retweet Contest-The person who retweets my tweets the most in the month gets a prize.
102. Password Contest-Fans search for letters or clues left in different places on your website or social media sites to put together a password that unlocks a secret fan page.
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