UPDATE: Contest organizer Josh Chapman tells me that the $500 prize money will be split between the two winners. He also tells me the contest will likely return next year.
C.L. Bledsoe, the judge in the Marginal Arts Festival’s 48-Hour Novel Contest, was apparently unable to narrow down the 22 contestants who finished the 30,000-word challenge to just one. The two winners, Olchar Lindsann’s King Jaundice and Eric Earnhart’s Tunnel, were bound together as one book — the-two-books-in-one itself being a rather pulpy tradition.
I’ve asked for a clarification on what will happen with the prize money, and will update when I know.