A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
As announced yesterday, Vulpes Libris has received its 2,000,000th view, which is a monumental achievement for a humble collective running entirely on our own steam and enthusiasm, with no backing or sponsorship whatsoever. We even pay for our own domain name. To celebrate this we want to open the doors of the Den, and encourage guest reviewers to take part in our fun and games. We’re running a competition for new reviewers, and over the next few months we’ll be showcasing the winning reviewers and reviews in a variety of ways: a special week of winning entries, Theme Weeks to collect together serendipitous reviews and ideas, commissioned reviews from new talent and impressive special guests, and the high probability of new Book Foxes by the summer. So here’s the who-what-how-where-why-when:
Who: anyone can enter the competition, anyone at all, from anywhere in the world, as long as your written English is good. We’re happy to help out with the odd grammatical correction, but we don’t edit or polish each other’s work. Your writing must be publishable.
What: write a review, of no more than 1500 words (and it can be considerably less), about a book that makes you want to talk about it. Imagine you’re telling someone you’ve just met at a party about it, to explain how it makes you react, why you can’t stop thinking about it. We prefer reviews that rave positively rather than pitch in with the hatchet, but (as an admitted hatcheter myself) if you have a coherent, meaningful rant about a book by an author who ought to know better, let us read it.
How: send us the review as a Word or .rtf file, with your surname as part of the filename. In the file you need to include these things: (i) the review, (ii) your name, (iii) your contact email address, (iv) an outline of the books you most enjoy writing about, (v) whether you’re interested in being sniffed over by the BookFoxes with a view to joining the collective. Being a BookFox means contributing a review at least once a month, or more often if you want to, being comfortable with emails and (some) social media, and getting the hang of WordPress (not very hard, trust us.)
Where: send the review to email@example.com, with ‘VL competition’ in the subject line
Why: why do this? If you like writing reviews and have something to say about the books you like, writing for VL is a great way to improve your writing, to refine your thinking, to be part of a community of writers and bloggers. Each generation of BookFoxes become friends, and sometimes we even meet up face to face. There are BookFoxes in Ohio, Finland, Belgium, and Norway, and scattered about the British Isles. We also have interesting personalities, as epitomised by the avatar photos we use in the private VL forum: a sloth, a guinea-pig, a banana tree, some guerilla knitting, a guileless Jack Russell, a black Labrador, a grey pony, a stuffed reindeer, a meercat and a laughing sea mammal (we’ve never been quite sure of its species). Come join our menagerie!
When: send your reviews (as many as you want) to us by 23.59 on 29 February 2016, GMT. The judging will commence in March. Good luck!