Following the phenomenal success of our roof-top raffle at the World Horror Convention in San Francisco last
year, we shall be holding a Charity Raffle event late on the Sunday morning at this year's convention.
For those North American attendees who may not be aware of the difference between a raffle and a more traditional auction, we will
be selling colour-coded and numbered raffle tickets throughout the convention from different locations. On the day of the draw,
those tickets will be matched against a randomly-drawn prize and, if you have the correctly corresponding ticket, then you win
that item. It's as simple as that! And remember, THE MORE TICKETS YOU BUY, THE MORE CHANCES YOU HAVE OF WINNING.
Please note: You will have to be present at the raffle, or give a representative your tickets to hold, as any unclaimed prizes will
be re-drawn at the time.
As always, there will be a veritable treasure-trove of prizes to be won, from signed, limited editions to expensive hardcovers,
rare proofs, film memorabilia and much more besides. Any writers, publishers or others wishing to donate copies of books or other
items can either bring them to the convention and hand them in at the Registration Desk or mail them to arrive before FRIDAY, MARCH 23 to:
"WORLD HORROR CONVENTION RAFFLE"
c/o 77 Frankdale Avenue
CANADA M4J 4A1
Please mark packages "FREE GIVEAWAYS—NO COMMERCIAL VALUE" and remember to use a customs form (if mailing from overseas).
We are proud to announce that all the money raised via raffle ticket sales will go to helping put a deserving student through
the BORDERLANDS PRESS WRITERS BOOT CAMP. The 2008 Winter Session for Short Fiction is limited to just twenty participants and
will be held over January 25-27, 2008 at the Marriott Burkshire Hotel, Towson, MD 21204, USA.
Instructors for the 2008 session are Richard Chizmar, Douglas E. Winter, F. Paul Wilson and Thomas F. Monteleone. Previous
instructors at the Borderlands Boot Camp have included David Morrell, Thomas Tessier, Jack Ketchum, Douglas Clegg, Richard
Chizmar and Ginjer Buchanan.
Here are some testimonials from past students:
"When I attended my first Borderlands Writers Boot Camp back in 2005, I already had two successful novel sales to a major New York publisher under my belt. By the time I attended the most recent camp in January 2007, I had just turned in what was to be my fifth published book. And I still learned as much, if not more, at my second Boot Camp as I did the first time around! Being able to properly evaluate and critique your work is an essential skill for a fiction writer, particularly in this day and age, and it is this very skill that the workshop targets. In-depth explorations of the fundamentals of writing, such as character, plot, and dialogue, go hand-in-hand with group critiques and on-the-spot writing assignments. By the time the weekend is over, you'll never look at your writing the same way again! I give the Borderlands Writers Boot Camp my highest recommendation."
All money raised from the sale of raffle tickets at WHC will go towards supporting someone who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend the 2008 Winter Session for Short Fiction. Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp organisers Elizabeth and Tom Monteleone will make the final decision about who will receive the bursary.
—JOE NASSISE, author of the internationally acclaimed "Templar Chronicles" series
"The Borderlands Boot Camp won't give you talent or the desire to push yourself and your writing. Those are the prerequisites. What the session will do is amplify and improve upon those necessary raw materials. You will come out the other side with a deep understanding of what works and what doesn't in fiction, both in your work and the works of others."
—DAN WATERS, author of "Generation Dead"
"I am one happy Camper. Although lots of former grunts praised the program, I was dubious how much we could accomplish in such a short amount of time, but lordy, lordy the program delivered on all the claims of the grunts and MORE! Unbelievable. What I found most helpful (and amazing) was having specific feedback in small groups from each instructor. This offered different facets of information about our work. The experience felt like a feast for a hungry writer. Receiving the excellent recommendations and observations of my fellow grunts was invaluable, as well. Thank you ALL!"
—FRAN FRIEL, author of "Mama's Boy"
"It was an absolutely amazing experience. This was my second time as a grunt, but I learned as much this weekend as I did at the first Boot Camp. The instructors were absolutely fabulous. I can't say enough about how insightful their comments and suggestions were."
—MATTHEW DOW SMITH
"Definitely the single most rewarding experience in all the time I've been writing. My mind has been awhirl assimilating all that I learned, as well as everyone's insightful commentary."
"Borderlands Press is honoured to accept the 2007 World Horror Convention's offer of an endowment to a deserving writer
to attend a future Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp. The event is held each January in Baltimore and represents a substantial
investment by all attendees who wish to work all weekend hands-on with professional writers and editors. The fee is $995.00, not
including food, lodging and transportation. We would be happy to dispense the WHC endowment to a qualified writer-in-need, who
could not otherwise attend our Boot Camp. Thank you to everyone who has joined together to make this project a reality."
For more information about the Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp, please go to:
—ELIZABETH and TOM MONTELEONE, Borderlands Press