Get your fancy hats and fascinators ready, because it’s that time of year again!
Update: The sweep is closed and because we only got 12 entries, I’ve put everyone’s name in twice. Check the end of the post for your numbers. Good luck!
Yes, we’re using horses as an excuse to swap books. Because who wouldn’t, right? Today we’re running our annual readers’ sweep. Here’s how it works:
1. The first 24 people to comment here are in (subject to #2 below). If you’re commenter #25, that’s okay—we’ll keep the comments open, and if we get another 24 people, we’ll run a second sweep.
2. Entries close at 1.30pm (AEDT) today to give me time to allocate your horses. If a horse is scratched before I do the allocation, I’ll take the first x entries, where x is the number of horses still in the race.
3. Only participants who can supply an Australian address are eligible, but overseas readers can wear fancy hats and join in spirit.
4. I’ll assign random numbers against each participant. The numbers will correspond to horses as per this list. I’ll update this post with the horse allocations by 2pm AEDT. The race starts at 3pm AEDT (it’s race 7 on the race thingos).
5. Each participant promises to send a book to the winner. The book can be a used book as long as it’s in good condition, and it has to be a book you’d actually recommend to someone—not from your DNF pile, please.
7. If, for some reason, the winning number wasn’t allocated to anyone, then whoever has the highest placing horse will be declared the winner.
I’ll announce the winner after the race (usually just after 3pm AEDT). If you win, you’ll have to provide a mailing address to everyone who promised to send you a book. I’ll email you to get your details, then I’ll forward your details, via email, to everyone who entered, either.
Consolation prizes: If your horse comes second, third or last, of it’s scratched at the last minute, I’ll send you a book from our giveaway bag. I’ll email you to check your preferred genre.
Find your horse!
I listed everyone’s names in order, then duplicated the list and added it to the bottom. I then fed it into random.org, which generated a randomised list. Conveniently, the list is numbered, so the numbers next to your name correspond to the number of your horse as it appears in the field list (see link above). To make life easier, I’ve also made a screen cap of the field list below.