September 3, 2004



FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Diana Barnum (614) 529-9459


INTRODUCING: “What’s in a name?” Contest


Columbus, OH –  If you can describe what a place, character or phrase, or an event could stand for in a Rumpelstiltskin story, you can enter a chance to win an autographed book about his latest escapes. All you need to do is enter the “What’s in a name?” contest sponsored by the author of the new book, “Rumpelstiltskin vs Miller,” Columbus resident Michael H. Brandt. 


“In my novel, we pick up the Rumpelstiltskin story after the Queen guessed the baby’s name and avoided giving Rumpelstiltskin her baby,” said Michael H. Brandt. “But the legendary elf-genius doesn't give up and sues the Queen for breach of contract. The plot thickens as the Queen is jailed and the King tries to force Rumpelstiltskin to reveal the formula for making gold…”


Michael H. Brandt is a Detroit, Michigan native currently residing in Columbus, Ohio, where he has worked at Nationwide Insurance. Mr. Brandt holds a Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Michigan and Master of Library Science degree from Case Western Reserve University.


 A member of the American Library Association, the Society of American Archivists, and the Society of Ohio Archivists, the author is also an avid sports fan and an amateur historian. This is his first published book.


So sharpen those pencils or turn on the keyboard for a writing contest. Don’t have the book to read? No problem. Just sign up for the no-cost mini-series from the “Rumpelstiltskin vs Miller” website and follow the simple contest guidelines.


For more information about, “Rumpelstiltskin vs. Miller,” including online registration for a mini-series from the book & to enter the contest, visit: or  or email:  . Sign up online to join him at his next Medieval (and other event) readings. 





Contest:   “What’s in a name?”


Guidelines: Write an essay from 400 – 800 words describing what a place, character or phrase , or an event could stand for in “Rumpelstiltskin vs Miller”.  Essays judged on quality of writing and reasoning behind it.  


Deadline:  Thanksgiving, 2004.


Winner: Receives autographed book mailed as Christmas present to recipient of choice (within USA).


Entry Fee: None


Entries: Email them to







Interviews, readings, author signings, etc. are available by contacting Diana Barnum, Marketing Coordinator, , call: (614) 529-9459 or e-mail: .


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