Thursday 20 February 2014

Prince of Fools competition!

The Entries! 
(ordered by votes in the reddit r/fantasy poll)
Competition Closed! Details at the end.

#8 Tara, horsing around... (21 votes)

#28 Malin (she's the one holding up the L) (10 votes)

#41 Ryan, a stellar effort (including 'in progress shots') apparently the beer and the key have my name on them (that's a bonus point right there). Sword? Check. And the artist in the mix too! (8 votes - even though it wasn't eligible for another prize!)

#13 Kareem, needed to get something off his chest! (6 votes)

#4 T.O.  (5 votes)
Cutting wet grass in 2400 point Times New Roman font - easy.
Getting daughter 4 and 3 out of bed to pose and take pictures respectively - difficult.
Explaining to wife why the lawn is only half cut - impossible.

#26 Glen, Scrabbling for success (5 votes) just scraped the 3 by dint of all the fine books. Do like to see the reader too though.

#36 Anel. The Prince of Fools map as a playable RPG! (5 votes)

#31 David, with a rather fine tattoo! (4 votes) gotta give a bonus for the ink!

#2 Loki - Prints of Fools ... and there's footprints and hand prints in the dirt ... ah! Wordplay! (4 votes)

#22 Stephen, in his cups (all cleaned up and recycled after) (3 votes)

#40 Alice, with Prince of Fools in crochet ... which is apparently a real chore to do! (3 votes)

#32 Donna, Painted on the side of her house! (3 votes) That's going to take a few coats ... so just leave it :)

#42 Jesper (his day job is standing there holding the top of the runestone on). The bottom part, beneath the fool's cap, translates to Prince of Fools if you use the key. Quite what is going on here on this Swedish Viking-runed stone I'm not sure, but it's cool, especially given that such a stone features in the book. (3 votes)

#9 David - Print-Out of Fools! (3 votes)

Past this point the entries got (2,1 or 0 votes)

#1 Benjamin "not the car!" (3 points)

#3 Alicia, boxing clever! (4 points)

#5 Santiago - extra point for getting a fool-face on! (2 points)

#6 Christy (who owns a print center that does car vinyl) (3 points)

#7 Ryan - saying it with books! (2 points)

#10 Gillian - Trying to get ahead of the competition! (2 points)

#11 Paul - writing in the snow the nice way (1 point)

#12 Femke - a work of art with a message! (3 points)

#14 Moochy Mooch - being lazy and at work ... but still in with a chance! (1 point)

#15 Sean (baby Rhia was supposed to hold the kindle but wouldn't play ball - hence the stunt double) (2 points) (I can't give someone's baby 1 point!!)

#16 John, with Jacks ... Jacks being the Prince card ... also the Knave ... which can be taken for 'fool' ... though generally if you have to take this long explaining it... :)   (2 points)

#17 Nadine, Queen of Photoshop, taunting us with her Caribbean winter adventure (3 points)

#18 Shane - going hard core, hoping to pip the opposition at the post with general appeal ... OK, OK, stopping now. (4 points)

#19 Neil, says it with soup! (1 point) cool but I know you just type it into a website :)

#20 Derek has Buckyballs! (1 point) - love Buckies, but show us the reader too! :)

#21 Michael facing down a humongous crocodile to bring you the news! (4 points) reader, check, exotic location check.

#23 Vivianne, takes the cake! (5 points)

#24 Scott, as he was last Halloween! (3 points)

#25 Mike, apparently this little girl wants daddy to read her Prince of Fools at bedtime (3 points)

#27 Konrad, getting his art on! (5 points)

#29 Scott, saying it with 75 books!  (3 points)

#30 Dusty. (3 points)

#33 Tracey, Prince of Pies! +1 cute 2 year old ready to eat said pie! (4 points)

#34 Gottardo, Boldly Going! (1 point)

#35 Karla. (rebus is an allusional device that uses pictures to represent words or parts of words.) I learn something every day! (2 points)

#37 Stuart. Prince of Fools on the TV! Maybe one day :)  (2 points)

#38 Brandon - because Jorg would enjoy the Mardi Gras! (2 points)

#39 Crystal, hopping for success with this entry. (2 points)

#43 Joe, gives us the how to guide (2 points)

#44 Kathryn "Selfies; not as easy as half the Facebook population makes them look" - it does say 'Prince of Fools on the hat! (3 points)

#45 Doug & the artist formerly known as Prince of Fools (3 points)

#46 Wafer - titled "ok, my mom is going to kill me" (3 points)

#47 Christopher, with authentically aged banner & map! (4 points)

#48 Colin, with Prince & fool (3 points)

#49 RJ - perhaps more suited to Prince of Thorns! (4 points)

#50 Merrill, four hands are better than two! (5 points)

#51 Melissa and Rachel ABUSING the library system! (2 points)

#52 Travis drunkenly begging for an ARC - he's trying the puppy dog eyes, but little does he know there's a real dog in the very next entry! (2 points)

#53 Brandon, Brandon's dog, and a strategically placed Prince of Fools sign (2 points)

#54 Mart, giving Pennywise from IT a serious run for his money in scariest clown/fool ever! Also supplied photos demonstrating that this is his living room wall he's defaced... (6 points)

#55 Thomas (1 point)

#56 John, fool-face mode on! (2 points)

#57 Hilarycopter with another of her slightly distressing yoga moves! (3 points)

#58 Logan - the foolish cat's reading the wrong book... (2 points)

#59 James (2 points)

#60 Mathew (titled: Beauty of the Lightly Fingered) (1 point)

Give it a go!
Win you fools! Win!

The lucky winners were:

Scott #29  (signed edition)
Ryan #41
Scott #46 (whole other Scott)
Hilary #61

(these guys aren't eligible for the voted prize - you can vote for them but they'll just get the honor of a win and I'll move the prize to the next highest)

(Details - competition closed!)

The winners of this contest were decided randomly (weighted by quality of entry) and it pained me that so many great entries didn't get a reward.

I opened this up for the folk on reddit r/fantasy to vote for the best.

The three entries with the most votes who didn't win in random draw now win signed hardback copies of Prince of Fools when it comes out in June, or signed hardback copies of Emperor of Thorns now.

I've ordered the list by number of votes received (if 3+). It's worth noting that of the 60 entries, 32 got at least 1 vote, indicating very diverse opinions out there!

The winners of the reddit draw are:  (Signed Prince of Fools ARC)
& (Signed Emperor of Thorns hardback)

If you weren't lucky or want a back-up plan, you can always pre-order on Amazon:

This is still open for entries ... you just won't win anything! Send your photos to me at


  1. Benjamin Gumbrell20 February 2014 at 14:08

    I am so doing this... and hoping, HOPING to win.
    It would be a brilliant start to my new blog too....

  2. Oh badjezuz.


  3. Sorry it was a lazy effort on my behalf lol

  4. #58 here.
    You can contact me for parties. Children love me.

  5. How you going to announce the winners?

  6. Alas, alack, a winner is not me. Oh well. Fun contest! :-D

  7. Some of these are just BRILLIANT