We are in awe of your fanciful musings and don't think that anyone will envy us the task of having to pick only 6 winners! But, here we go....
Who has not thrilled to hear those four magical words, "Once upon a time...."? Since childhood, they've elicited whimsy, wonder, and anticipation in the hearts of many.
What do they elicit in you? Dreams of a fantasy world under the sea or on the moon? Dragons and ogres or princesses and flying ponies?Here's your chance to share your fairy tale! Before noon next Monday, March 15, simply post a comment that finishes the phrase "Once upon a time..." in 50 words or less. After fighting over our favorites, we'll pick one grand-prize winner and five runners-up to be recipients of fabulous prizes. (Mad Hatter voice, if you please.)
Fabulous prizes? you ask. Indeed, thanks to our friends at HarperCollins and to the lovely and talented Camille Rose Garcia, this month's featured artist in the City of Books' Basil Hallward Gallery. Visit the gallery for her exhibit, Creepcakes and Doomdreams, showing through the end of March; we're pretty positive that your fancy will be tickled. Garcia drew inspiration for her newly illustrated edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland from the darkness that lurks in Lewis Carroll's original tale. Who will inspire you?
After all entries have been reviewed by our panel of fairy-tale experts — mainly overly imaginative 2nd graders (just kidding) — we'll choose a grand-prize winner to receive this gorgeous signed and numbered lithograph...
...and for each runner-up, an artsy tote bag (the graphic on the bag is pictured here):
If ever there was a time for outrageous flights of fancy, it is now. May the best daydreamer win!
Plus, if you're in Portland, stop by our downtown City of Books on Burnside tonight, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. Camille Rose Garcia herself will be on hand to discuss and sign her newly illustrated edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Deadline for entering the contest is 12:00 noon (Pacific Time), March 15, 2010. Click here for official contest rules.
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Heidi Mager does marketing stuff for Powells.com. Off the clock, she spends much of her time wrangling a kindergartner, chasing after her toddler, feeding her husband bacon, and attempting to avoid doing housework.
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