The Winners Of LitInk: LitReactor's Literary Tattoo Showdown

The LitInk Contest Winners!

Here we are, one week after kicking off LitInk: LitReactor's Literary Tattoo Showdown, and the contest ended up growing into something much bigger than we had expected.

We got more than 150 entries. We got the attention of some really cool websites, including Galleycat, The Millions and The Paris Review. There were some amazing entries--and not a single clunker in the bunch. And best of all, we got to celebrate the art of literature. 

Picking a winner was hard. Like, crazy hard. But alas, there can only be two winners. This is who me, Hanna and Dakota were able to agree on. 

In the men's category, Alan Dubinsky

This is hardcore. And really, is there a better kind of bookend than a pair of hands? All tattoos come with meaning and subtext, but the location of the tattoo means just as much as the words. 

In the women's category, Tracie Maslak:

According to Tracie, this an homage to The Chronicles of Narnia--specifically an interpretation of what Narnia looks like from the description given in The Last Battle. It's colorful, it's creative, and a piece this size takes dedication. 

Congrats, Alan and Tracie! You won--but only by a hair, because there was some stiff competition. You'll be receiving the following prizes: 

  • A LitReactor mug 
  • A free eBook from
  • A six month-membership to LitReactor's writing workshop

Thanks to everyone who shared their work with us. We were thrilled at the level of participation--and there were so many great tattoos on display, we might have to run this as an annual event...

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. April 13, 2012 - 11:46am

Man that was stressful. I'm glad this is over. Great tattoos everyone, I'm glad to see so many people dedicated to literature on that level. 

Congrats to the winners. Enjoy those mugs. 


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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine April 13, 2012 - 12:09pm

Bookends is badass.

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Alan Dubinsky from Portland is reading A Very Minor Prophet April 13, 2012 - 3:43pm


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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 13, 2012 - 3:58pm

I hope he gets into a lot of fights with those fists. Nothing scarier than seeing those come at you.