(King Cupcake by the awesome Polka Dot Cupcakery.)
I really liked the comic book miniseries Sweets, about a serial killer in New Orleans on the eve of Hurricane Katrina. I liked it so much, I bought an extra copy of the trade paperback to give away. What you might not know is that Sweets opens with a recipe for pecan pralines, and then launches in to a hard-boiled crime drama. What I'm about to tell you is that you can win a copy of the story for yourself, simply by telling us how to make your favorite sweets.
For the next two months, we'll be accepting entries for a free copy of the Sweets collection. ALSO, Kody Chamberlain has offered to include a page of original artwork!
We're going to keep submissions open until September 30th. The way to enter is easy. You send in your favorite sweets recipe -- be it for candy or a pastry. It can be your grandmother's recipe, a recipe you made up, or something out of your favorite cookbook, it doesn't matter. Just fill out this form with your recipe, your info (your name, address, and the name you'd like to be credited with), and a little bit about what your favorite sweets mean to you. Don't forget - if you have a Twitter, Tumblr, Livejournal, blog, or other sort of web page, include that, too. You can even include photos of the recipe in progress, or of the sweets creatively photographed, whatever.
We'll pick a winner at random and mail them their free copy of the Sweets trade paperback, and an page of Kody Chamberlain art.
But, as they say on the tv infomercials, THAT IS NOT ALL.
If enough people enter the contest, we'll collect all of your favorite sweets recipes with our favorite sweets recipes, and create a special Geektress Sweet on Sweets e-cookbook. Hopefully enough of you will find time in the next two months to dig out that copy of your chocolate chip cookie or taffy recipe, and we can put together a really nice collection for download to Kindles or Nooks or iPads, etc. If we can get enough entries to make the cookbook, we'll sell it for a reasonable price (like, $2.99), and give all the proceeds to Feed America (formerly Second Harvest), a non-profit organization that helps local food banks across the country.
According to Feed America's site, $100 will buy 800 meals. ($45 alone can feed a family of four for a month.) A lot of stuff is happening in the States right now, most of it not good. 25% of American children will go to bed hungry. That's an alarming statistic. So let's do something easy and fun to help others, and someone will even win a copy of an awesome comic book in the process!
Fine print: By submitting your recipe (and/or photos), you're giving us permission to print it in the book. Your name, address, email, etc. will not be used maliciously. Contest ends at midnight on September 30th.