Tuesday, 13 January 2009


Canongate are giving me 10 copies of The Bird Room, to give away in a competition.

i lay in bed this morning trying to think of ideas for the competition. i didn't want to do something where people have to 'compete' and then i have to judge which one is the best. so i was thinking of a draw. but a draw seemed a bit dull.

here is the competition:

send me an email (chriskillen@gmail.com) with the word 'competition' somewhere in the subject line. include your address, and say whether you want me to write/draw something in it and (if so) what you would like me to write/draw. please understand that i am rubbish at drawing. if you don't specify anything, i will just sign my name and draw a picture of a bird in the top right hand corner.

also in the email, please include one 'line of poetry'. it doesn't need to be any good, it could be very abstract, but make it something specific enough that you will recognise it again ... once the competition is 'closed' (i don't know, a week from now?), i will put up a video on here of me pulling the lines of the poem out of something, to create a 10-line cut up poem. if i read your line, that means there is a book in the post to you.

the competition is open to anyone in the world.

the competition is perfect if you are thinking something like, 'The Bird Room looks interesting, maybe, but i would not want to pay for it' or 'i can't afford it' or 'i have been openly slating it and Chris Killen as a one-trick-pony hack who got lucky (but secretly i would like to read it)' or 'i don't know, i'm bored, why not' or 'i could tear the pages out and wipe my ass with them' or 'okay then; i could give this in to Oxfam if i hate it'.

i hope the instructions weren't too confusing.

update: i am panicking that no one is going to enter the competition.
update: someone entered the competition.
update: some more people entered the competition.
update: i went out for a bit and came home again and a lot more people had entered the competition. it made me feel strange (in a good way).
update: the competition was linked on HTML GIANT. (thanks, sam.) the entries increased 'dramatically'. at the moment, 'contestants' have about a 1-in-4 chance of winning a book.
update: a few more entries have 'trickled in'. i have decided the closing date is going to be Jan 21st. that way i can post them in the afternoon, and the people (in the UK) will receive it on the 'd.o.p.'


Socrates Adams-Florou said...

this competition is exciting and well thought out. I give the competition 10/10

Aiden Clarkson said...

i'd enter it but i think games of chance are immoral.

Catherine Lacey said...

I would enter, but I think I am just going to buy it instead.

chris killen said...

thanks, Socrates. (is that your real name?)

sorry, Aiden.

thanks, Catherine. (i liked your 'online fox' description a lot BTW.)

Socrates Adams-Florou said...

hi chris. no, my real name is ipod nano elligible boy

Zachary German said...

hey man

great idea for the competition

i really hope i win, but if not i'm totally going to buy your book

look forward to reading it either way!



Matt DeBenedictis said...

games of chance are a sin and make baby god cry. I just made baby god cry by sending you an e-mail. My work for today is done. I can't wait to see this magic poem.

wagner israel cilio iii said...

i would enter but i think i am just going to download it illegally on the internet.