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Sandi Shilhanek | Contests

January 25, 2009

I feel fairly confident in saying that everyone’s attention is on the economy these days. I know that it is the focal point at our house. This must surely mean that more readers are entering contests in the hopes of winning their favorite author’s newest title, or perhaps a backlist title in a new to them author.

I have been lucky this week, and won a one-day blog contest, one a guess the number contest in a chat, and today attempted to win an email contest, and while I supposedly did not win, the author was nice enough to send me an e-copy of a book from her backlist anyway, because in my email I mentioned that I had not yet read her, so anything would be new to me.

So, as you see I have entered a variety of contests this week, and been very lucky! The contests I have entered have all been easy to enter, and the prizes have all been books. Is there a certain type of contest that calls to you? Is there a certain prize you prefer to win?

To me, the simpler the contest the more likely I am to enter, and we all know you cannot win if you do not enter!

Sandi Shilhanek
DFW Tea Readers
Readers ‘n ‘ritas… celebrating literary obsessions


  • Kaz January 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I’m with you, the simpler the contest the better 😉

    I love winning books from authors whether I’ve read them before or new to me.

  • Ronica January 25, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I love contest, I only enter book contest. I often frequent my favorite authors sites and enter there contest.

  • Merrimon January 25, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I like entering contests from authors that are new to me. I have discovered lots of wonderful authors that way. A lot of times contests require some kind of answer to a question from a previous book so it doesn’t always allow for new readers. I have seen some contests where the winner gets their name used as a character or even one where the winner gets to name the murder victim. I enjoyed a contest held by the Harlequin Blaze authors to come up with a titles for a new series. Most of the contests I have won have been those sponsored by individual authors on their own so I tend to enter those more and ignore the bigger multiple contests. I prefer contests where the prizes are free books over trinkets because I want to discover new authors.

  • CrystalGB January 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I love contests. Blog contests, scavenger hunts, one answer contests. They are all good. 🙂

  • Terry's Crafty Fingers January 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Love to read so I’m saying yes to your comment contest. Also saying Thank You for the link to all the other contests for books. I never knew there were so many.

  • darbyscloset January 25, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Sandi,
    I like to enter contests to win books by authors I love or want to get to know. I also enjoy entering the ones that offer up gift cards!!!!!
    Thanks for your post is what good to hear from you!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  • lillie_80 January 25, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I love contests. My faves are the blog comment ones. Very rarely do I enter the “treasure hunt” ones. You know, the ones where you have to go to a dozen different sites to find the answers? I just never have the time.

  • donnas January 25, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I love contests and yes the easier they are the more likely I am to enter. If it is a author I already know I like or one I really want to know more about I will do more to enter. And I love the ones that include excerpts because that can help me decide if I really would want to read it or not. I dont want to enter for something I wont actually read. I prefer ones that give away books or bookstore giftcards.

  • Melissa January 25, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I too adore entering contests. I love ones for books and food, the easier the better is a definate key for me. Your blog is about the only one I read on a regular basis, it interests me. 🙂

  • Maggie January 25, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I usual enter contests if they come thru my e-mail from the authors I read. Other then that I don’t.

  • Maggie January 25, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I usual enter contests if they come thru my e-mail from the authors I read. Other then that I don’t.

  • Joy January 25, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I love entering contests but not if the author gives you a lot of things you have to do to be entered. I like it nice and I have won a few nice books that way though and it is a lot of fun.

  • Donna January 25, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Sandi,

    Some of the authors that have blogs I visit do have contests. Usually those are easily entered and I enjoy that. Luckily I have several books which is fun.

    I find it very interesting that there are many more comments than usual today!

    Take care,

  • Donna January 25, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Whoops! That is suppose to read I won several books!

    Take care,
    Donna M

  • stacey January 25, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I love siple contest to.some contest i have no ideal how to inter after i read them it makes me fill stuped i hate that.
    from stacey smith

  • squiresj January 25, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I like all different types of contests. I like blogs, writer’s websites, and many other types of sweepstakes. I won a $ 200 GC card through Parents magazine two years ago at Christmas and bought a lot of nice gifts for family and friends at bargain section of store. I like winning gift certificates to Amazon, Starbucks, book store. But if I win a book from an Author, I want to be able to bless them as much as they bless me. So I make sure I write reviews for her on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christian Book where they fit. This is something everyone can do. I also am a reviewer now on two sites and have joined Goodreads so I can post reviews there. I want this author to be paid back for their efforts. Also I have started sharing their books and once I read them I think who would be blessed to receive them and pass them on. This has resulted in many authors getting noticed and their books being bought by others who did not know they existed.
    jrs362 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • Julie Robinson January 25, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I do so love contests! It is only in the past 3 months that I have discovered blogging and reader contests on-line—and have been thrilled by the ones I have won. I tell my hubby that I’m studying the ‘marketing aspects of writing’ when he asks what I’m working on. What I love about contests is that I discover authors who are new to me whom I might have otherwise not noticed or realized were out there.
    Julie R.

  • Mary January 25, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I like most contests that are easy to enter. The one’s where you have to find several answers to questions are the one’s that I usually pass up.

  • ChristyJan January 25, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    For me ~ Contests are like books, shoes and chocolate … I can never have (enter) enough, and they are all addicting. lol

    My husband just lost his job (during the holidays of ALL times) and due to health problems I am unable to work outside the home. Winning contests is my ONLY way to have anything indulgent right now.

  • Julie Robinson January 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I know what you mean, ChristyJan. I lost mine at the end of September, and that’s why by mid-November I had discovered blogging and on-line contests. It’s how I had Christmas! Julie

  • Laura Loo January 25, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I’m unemployed so money is very tight – Unfortunately my love for reading is the same as when my income was higher so I have to be selective about which books I buy. So being able to win books especially books by authors I haven’t read yet helps out my budget and lets me experience new authors that I might not have otherwise.

  • mammakim January 25, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I love contests, I love when I win and get a surprise in the mail 🙂

  • victoria January 25, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I love to enter contest were books are the prize.

  • WK January 25, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Sandi, I like contests as well. For me it depends on my time. If I’m not busy, like I am now, I love the hunts. But the last month or so I’ve only done the simple contests and then rarely.

    I do love a contest though.


  • VA_half_pint January 25, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve entered a couple of contests for one of the groups I’m in and have won twice. I like the contests but I don’t enter them all. Just the ones that catch my interest.

  • Shari C January 25, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I love to enter contests, usually prefer the simple ones, but once in a while like to challenge myself and try the scavenger hunt ones. I love winning books and gift certificates to bookstores to get more books.

  • Diane M. January 25, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I love contests but I only enter when I don’t have the prize

  • macbeaner January 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I’ve always like the “reply to this post and I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner” contests. I have to confess. I’m lazy.

    But I always thank the authors if I win a contest

  • Pamk January 25, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    my favorite type of contest is for readers choice or a gc. sometimes an author gives away one of thier books and with me if it a series then I want to start at the beginning lol. But if you hook me then I’ll buy the rest of them. I won’t be able to resist. Might take awhile but they will eventuallybe bought lol.

  • Rhon January 25, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I love contest and I love the ones that lead me to new to me authors even more 🙂

  • Pam January 26, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I also love to enter these contests. This is my first entry in a blog. Need to check them out more.

  • Karin January 26, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Easy contests are definitely nice because they don’t take too long to enter. However, I’ve had a lot of fun with scavenger hunt contests. There haven’t been a ton, but there were quite a few over the holidays that I really enjoyed doing.

  • VioletEyedDreamz January 26, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I rarely enter contests because I don’t think I have a chance to win. I did however gain the opportunity through blogging to review a new to me author just because she wanted people to read her.

  • Laurie D. January 26, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Hey Sandi!

    I like contests as much as anyone else, but only enter when the prize is something I would truly be excited to win. I don’t feel it’s fair for me to enter for a book or goodies that someone else might enjoy more.

  • Maureen January 26, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I have found some great books from entering contests because even if I didn’t win I ended up buying the book because I liked the excerpt.

  • colette January 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I don’t have time to look through a lot of sites, so I like things that are well-organized and streamlined. I am looking for a new writer’s contest, though, that sort of thing.

    I know that there is a contest, of sorts, at I read the book ‘Rowan of the Wood’ last summer and was quite impressed with it. The authors give a book away a month for just commenting on their blog. The two sites are: and Free book.. you can’t beat that!