a writing contest for Mark Lawrence's Liar's Key and a brief interview with me

I am joining Mark Lawrence, Myke Cole, T.O. Munro, David Jackson, and Marc Aplin (of the Fantasy Faction blog) in judging the Liar's Key Writing Contest. For those of you who follow me on a regular basis, you know I did this last year, which is like last century in Internet time. However, I remember it was a lot of fun so when Mark asked me to participate this year, I didn't hesitate to say yes. Several of the contestants put their best writing chops forward. After a winner was chosen, we went back and provided a few critiques of the finalists and told them what worked for us and what didn't.

The year's competition goes from March 1, 2015 through April 1, 2015, and your task, should you choose to undertake it, is to give us 300 of your best words. The only catch is that you must use the words "liar" and "key" somewhere within the story. You can find the full set of rules here, including the prize, and a few early entries here.

There is a very brief interview with me where I tell you a little about myself and what I'm looking for in the contestants' entries. Other judges will also be interviewed and they will give you some writing hints and tell you what they're looking for as well.

If you're so inclined, help us pass the word. Good luck to you all. I'm looking forward to reading your stories.