St. Martin’s Press will be providing two books for this round, as Camille Born, a storyteller from Mahomet, Illinois, and Tamra Igo, a Wise County, VA native, have tied for first place in Caption Contest III.

Camille’s winning entry for the sad little face above was “I wish I could read. *sniff*”

Tamra entered, “I only have nine lives to read all THESE?”

Second place  goes to Eleanor Hjemmet, a musician from Tennessee, for her entry, “Isn’t anyone going to read to me tonight?”

And an honorable mention (no prize, but hey, it’s fun) goes to Good Reads Missoula for “I shouldn’t have stayed up all night reading Cujo,” and to Erin Dalton for “Mosley! I wanted Milne!”

My husband and I don’t cast votes in these competitions, but after laughing himself silly at several entries, Jack has decided to create the “Jack Beck Discretionary Award,” which he is sending to Paula Welch (no relation, so it’s not nepotism) of Dallas, Pennsylvania. She entered, “Of all the bookshops in the world, she had to come into mine.” Paula will receive a CD of Jack singing Scottish ballads. (He’s sending Eleanor one, too.)

Thanks for the laughs, and Caption Contest IV will gear up at the end of the month! Meanwhile, blogging, blogging, blogging.


  1. Thank You both !!
    I’m highly honored to be one of the first recipients of “The Jack Beck Discretioanry Reward “.

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