I’ve been working on design techniques and making more pre-made book covers. Now, keep in mind, I’m more than happy to make changes to my pre-made designs if such differences will better suit an indie author’s needs. I mostly make them for practice and to give an idea of what I’m capable.
But what we’re really here to talk about today is an idea that I had while staring at this fantastic cover I designed last night, one that cannot be sold to anyone as is but is still too cool to let it collect virtual dust in a file on my hard drive.
All the pictures are CC0 public domain photos, but with the faces and not knowing if there are model releases, I cannot use them for retail sale of the design. I am sure I could ask the photographers, but at this point it didn’t seem worth it to bother them.
BUT while staring at this book cover design, I kept thinking it reminds me of a movie cover, and ideas for stories started popping into my head. That got me thinking that it would be fun to use this cover as story inspiration for an adventure and/or contemporary fantasy short story contest!
What I’d like feedback on is fairly simple:
- Would you write a short story (2,000-7,000 words) for this contest?
- What sort of prize would be worth winning? (within reason as I am on a tight budget, but depending on ideas we could get multiple people to contribute to a grand prize?)
- Would you be interested in having a story possibly included in a book of adventure and fantasy fiction short stories compiled and then sold with the intention of all proceeds going to a charity such as Compassion International, Salvation Army, or Gospel for Asia?
Make sure to share this post so that as many writing people as we know can contribute to the coming together of this contest and stories! There are still lots of details to work out, but now that this is written, I have no doubt we’re going to make this short story contest a reality!