Doodles 'n' Drawings

Win a Doodle! Hooray and Huzzah!

I really like hosting blog contests!

And I really, really like doodling!

And I really, really, really like the fact that some people like my doodles!

So it is time once again for my semi-annual

WIN A DOODLE CONTEST!

Who will be the lucky winner? Will it be YOU?

 

The grand (and only) prize will be a custom made, one-of-a-kind, Mike Allegra doodle of ANYTHING YOU WANT!

“Anything?” you ask.

Yes, anything—provided that “anything” isn’t perverted. I’m a children’s book author, after all, so get your mind out of the gutter!

Otherwise, yes. ANYTHING!

Past contest winners have asked for all kinds of doodles. Like exotic birds…

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A caffeine gnome…

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A raven shapeshifter (whatever that is)…

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A woman doing yoga and holding a pen as the ghost of her dearly departed dog looks on…

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And (of course) that freaking salamander.

(It’s a long story. But if you must know…)

How to Win

The wining name will be drawn at random from the Hat of Randomness. The draw-er is this guy.

From left: Frosted Flake, flake.

He’s weird but fair.

How to Enter

To get your name in the Hat, all you need to do is leave an Interesting Tidbit about yourself in the comments section below.

I know “interesting” is a subjective term so let me give you some idea of what I’m looking for:

NOT Interesting: “I like ice cream.”
TOO Interesting: “I hunt Armenians for sport.”

Please look for a Tidbit that falls somewhere between those two extremes, okay.

How To Increase Your Chance of Winning

Want me to stuff the ballot box in your favor? Sure! I’ll add two more ballots if you announce this contest on your blog and link back to this page. That’s three chances to win!

Don’t have a blog? No problem. I’ll also give you one extra ballot if you announce this contest on your Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest page, or any other social media platform. (Be sure to post links in the comments.)

Want yet another chance to win? Dang, you’re greedy. Okay, if you’ve read one of my Prince Not-So Charming books (this one or this one), I’ll give you yet another extra ballot if you write a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

Deadlines, Etc.

Your entry is due on or before Monday, September 10. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 12!

So that’s it! Leave an Interesting Tidbit below and get going!

Good Luck!

 

Doodles 'n' Drawings

A Doodle-y Announcement!

Visit this blog next week…

for a chance to enter…

my eagerly anticipated…

widely celebrated…

world famous…

and kinda nifty…

Doodle Contest!

Thank you for the fanfare, Mr. Elephant.

The grand prize winner will get an original Mike Allegra doodle of anything he or she wants!

“Anything,” you ask?

“Yes. Anything,” I reply.

“What if I want a doodle of a cow stealing grass clippings?” you ask.

“No sweat,” I reply.

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“What if I want a doodle of Goldilocks getting arrested for breaking and entering?” you ask.

“Okee doke,” I reply.

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“But what if I want a doodle of a rhino riding a tricycle?” you ask.

“Consider it done,” I reply.

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So, yes! I will draw anything you want!

Mark you calendars! Tell your friends! And revisit this blog sometime next week for a chance to win the doodle of your dreams!

See you then!

 

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Win A Doodle! Hooray!

IT IS TIME FOR A CONTEST!

Here’s your chance to win an official Mike Allegra custom made doodle!

But first, a word from Giddy Happy Mike:

This is the cover of the July 2015 issue of Highlights for Children.

Highlights coverIsn’t it great? I especially like this part:

Highlights cover detailThat’s my story!

“Harold’s Hat,” is in the latest issue of Highlights (which is awesome)! And the editors decided to promote it on the magazine’s cover (which is awesomer)!

The issue arrived in my mailbox on Saturday. My son took one look at it, turned to me and said, “You are so cool.”

Best Fathers’ Day Present Ever.

The entire magazine is fantastic, by the way (Highlights is always fantastic). So be sure to pick up a copy for the little ones in your life. OK?

Thank you for indulging me. Now where was I? Oh, yes…

THE WIN A DOODLE CONTEST!

IF YOU WIN, I WILL GIVE YOU A DRAWING OF WHATEVER YOU WANT!

Don’t believe me? Then just take a look at these recent doodle commissions!

Sarah wanted a Caffeine Gnome, so I gave her a Caffeine Gnome. (Click to enlarge.)
Sarah wanted a Caffeine Gnome, so I gave her a Caffeine Gnome. (Click to enlarge.)
Sue wanted a great dane protecting puppehs. So I gave her a great dane protecting puppehs. (Click to enlarge.)
Sue wanted a Great Dane protecting some puppehs. So I gave her a Great Dane protecting some puppehs. (Click to enlarge.)
Jenion wanted a cyclist. So...well, you're getting the idea.  (Click to enlarge.)
Jenion wanted a cyclist. So I gave her a cyclist. (Click to enlarge.)
Pam wanted a writer in a yoga pose petting an angel dog.
Pam wanted a writer in the sunshine in a yoga pose petting an angel dog. So I gave her a…well, you get the idea.  (Click to enlarge.)
And the less said about this salamander, the better.
And the less said about this salamander, the better. (But if you must know…)

So, yes, your doodling wish is my command.

There is one exception, however. I will not draw whatever you want if whatever you want is pervy. I am a children’s book author, bucko, so take your dirty, filthy business someplace else!

HOW TO WIN

The winning name will be drawn at random. The draw-er is this guy.

Breaking Bad boy No. 2He is apparently a fan of gritty AMC dramas.

HOW TO ENTER

To get your name in the drawing, all you have to do is leave a comment below answering ONE of the following questions:

What was the best vacation you’ve ever had?

or

What was the worst vacation you ever had?

If you choose to describe your worst vacation (and I really hope you do!) please provide some detail to illustrate all the awfulness, OK?

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING

Want me to stuff the ballot box in your favor? OK. I’ll add two more ballots if you announce this contest on your blog and link back to this page. That’s three chances to win!

Don’t have a blog? No problemo. Then you can get one extra ballot if you announce this contest on your Facebook page or Twitter feed.

PRIZES (PLURAL!)

As I mentioned, the Grand Prize-Winner will get a custom made, one-of-a-kind, Mike Allegra doodle (suitable for framing or lining birdcages).

But I have other prizes, too! Our esteemed judge is going to draw two more names from the hat!

Second Prize: This winner may select a signed copy of my picture book, Sarah Gives Thanks, OR a signed copy of the anthology Blood on the Floor: How Writers Survive Rejection (I have an essay in there).

Third Prize: The winner gets the book the Second Prize-winner didn’t want. Hey, it’s better than nothing.

DEADLINES, ETC.

Your entry is due on or before Monday, June 29. The winner of the drawing will be announced on Tuesday, June 30.

That’s it! Answer a question and get going!

GOOD LUCK!