Short stories, academic conferences, and a giveaway

I don’t usually make personal announcements here, but these two recent events have filled me with literary excitement that I couldn’t help sharing them!

Titbit #1: One of my short stories, ‘Lily of the Valley’, has been shortlisted for Newcastle University’s International Students’ Short Story Competition! I wrote the short story over the winter holidays and in three separate places: Wolverhampton (England), Horst (The Netherlands), and Leuven (Belgium). My thanks go to my three wonderful betas, Lisa, Maria, and Meghan, without whom my writing would be full of Freudian-slip typos and temporal inconsistencies. I’ve received similar honours for my writing in Australia, but this is my first in the UK and I’m very excited about it!

Titbit #2: My proposal to present an academic paper at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ postgraduate conference has recently been accepted! The presenting body consists largely of PhD students while I’m still working on my Master’s, so I am absolutely thrilled about the acceptance! My paper is entitled ‘From Speculations to Pamphlet War: The Influence of Burke on Wollstonecraft and Paine’, and focuses on the British literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s. Not only will this be my inaugural presentation at an academic conference, but it will also be held at the University of Salamanca in Spain! Much excitement is to be had!

And in order to celebrate the harmonious relationship between both my cerebral hemispheres, I’m hosting another postcard giveaway!

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[Giveaway] Belgian Chocolate Truffles

Thanks to all who entered the Belgian postcard giveaway! The winners (selected by Rafflecopter’s randomiser of awesome) are: Ruby, Queza, and Shannon. Congratulations! You’ve all been contacted by email, and if you haven’t received it yet, please drop me a line.

But wait, there’s more! Thanks to my lovely host and friend Maria (who runs a book blog over at Solace In Another World), I’ve had the opportunity to spend the last fortnight in Belgium, where I’ve been hugely productive (25,000-words productive!). To share my love for this country, I’m giving away a box of Belgian chocolate truffles. And to top it off, the brand is called Hamlet, so there’s our literary relevance!

To enter, simply answer the following question: Which famous playwright wrote The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark?

You’ll also have the chance to earn extra entries by doing the following:

  • +1 Follow @samanthalin on Twitter
  • +2 Tweet about this giveaway
  • +2 “Like” Samantha Lin on Facebook
  • +2 Share this post on Facebook
  • +1 “Like” this blog post on Facebook
  • +3 Subscribe to this blog via email
  • +3 Spread the word by linking to this post on your own blog/site/LiveJournal

Ready to enter? Simply fill out the following Rafflecopter form (i.e. not the comment box, though you’re more than welcome to leave a comment) by 29 January 2012. Good luck!


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[Giveaway] Postcards from Belgium

To celebrate the beginning of 2012 and my inaugural visit to Belgium, I’m hosting a postcard giveaway! I’ll be sending out three (3) postcards from Belgium to anywhere in the world, and you can gain entries by doing any/all of the following things:

  • +1 Answer this easy question: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when somebody says “Belgium!”?
  • +1 Follow @samanthalin on Twitter
  • +2 Tweet about this giveaway
  • +2 “Like” Samantha Lin on Facebook
  • +1 “Like” this blog post on Facebook
  • +3 Subscribe to this blog via email

Ready to enter? Simply fill out the following Rafflecopter form (i.e. not the comment box, though you’re more than welcome to leave a comment) by 15 January 2012, and you’re all set! Have a Happy New Year—or, as they would say in Belgium, Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!


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