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Write some Shakespearean verse for a chance to win an iPod


“Double, double toil and trouble …”

Before it became a standard witch cliché, Shakespeare’s witches in Macbeth branded the famous phrase above—so, what else might they have said, off the record?


In her suspense novels, Jennifer Lee Carrell blends elements from the bard’s classics with contemporary murder and mystery centered around a Shakespearean scholar and director. In the wake of the release of her latest, Haunt Me Still, Carrell is hosting a contest on her Facebook page inviting readers to channel Shakespeare’s famous paranormals and write a book-related verse of their signature witch-speak (which, as Carrell notes, should run four to eight lines, and involves “rhyming chants more akin to nursery rhyme jingles than high-flown poetry”).

The first-prize winner is set to take home a 32 GB iPod Touch, a signed hardcover of Haunt Me Still, and a digital download of the audiobook—and the deadline for it all has been extended until Friday. For more details about what Carrell is looking for, and to check out the entries or post your own, click here.

A regular Promptly prompt follows below.

Happy Wednesday—and good luck on the witch hunt.


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