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Playing for Pizza Contest

Playing for Pizza Contest

Contest has ended!

And the winner of our 1st contest is:

Mary H

Thanks to all the participants and congratulations to the winner!

The Contest

John Grisham Online is proud to announce its first ever contest to celebrate the release of John Grisham’s new novel Playing for Pizza!

How to enter?

Just write us what you think of John, his life, career, or books. It can be a review, something that has been on your mind, or just something you want to share with others, as long as it is related to him.

How to win?

On October 20, 2008 we will publish all the stories submitted and will let our visitors to decide who they think has the best story. Story with the highest rating will win. Winner will be announced on October 31.

What’s the prize?

Winner of this competition will get a brand new John Grisham’s novel “Playing for Pizza” shipped directly from Amazon!

Read contest entries below!

1. I can’t wait for the new novel by John Grisham.

Submitted by Julianna L
It has been a long time since he has published a new novel. I just can’t wait for it.

Rating: 3.6/10

2. Story #2

Submitted by Tom S
John is a great writer! He is unique and has very captivating plots that keep you guessing till the end.

Rating: 4.0/10

3. “Playing for Pizza”

Submitted by Betty W
John is a a really great writer. I have collected all of his books and am looking forward to “Playing for Pizza.”

Rating: 3.6/10

4. Great Books

Submitted by Lisa B
I love reading John Grisham’s books. I get involved very quickly in the novels and then cannot seem to put them down until I have read every word. I always look forward to new releases and I cannot wait to read “Playing for Pizza.”

Rating: 5.2/10

5. Story #5

Submitted by Carolyn B
I’ve read every one of Johns books, some of them twice. Having worked in the field of law for many years his novels interest me tremendously because he has a decidedly unique view from which his stories emerge. He’s a great author and a very interesting read.

Rating: 5.0/10

6. A Fan For Life (1st place)

Submitted by Mary H
My first exposure to John Grisham was the book “A Time to Kill.” I remember it very well because it was quite literally the only recreational reading I was able to enjoy during my freshman year in college. I had never heard of this new author but a friend of mine gave me the book and told me to take care because I wouldn’t be able to put it down. Initially I was completely horrified and repulsed by the beginning of the story, yet somehow, I was mesmerized enough to continue reading until I had completely lost myself in the story, which stayed with me and haunted me intermittently throughout the course of that semester. Shortly thereafter, I recognized the author’s name with the book “The Firm.” That summer I devoured that book and looked for others. Next came “The Client”, “The Pelican Brief” and on and on. Over the years I have obtained and read every John Grisham book and seen all of the movies. I admit it took me a while before I got around to reading “Painted House” because I didn’t think I would enjoy it, as it was purportedly so different. How very wrong I was! I loved that story! Recently I saw John Grisham on television discussing his first non-fiction work about the imprisonment of innocent men in Oklahoma. I am looking forward to reading the book because I know it will be a quality read. I believe we are fortunate to have a such a talented and prolific story-teller like John Grisham. I am… a fan for life.

Rating: 7.8/10


Submitted by Judith M

Rating: 4.2/10

8. Thanks!

Submitted by Mary S
Here is someone who can write one heckuva good story without gratuitous sex, violence, language… I just wanna say “Thanks!”

Rating: 3.6/10

9. Envious.

Submitted by Christine M
I wish I had the ability to write like John. I’ve enjoyed all his books.

Rating: 3.6/10

10. Story #10

Submitted by Lorie C
I have read all his books. Whether it’s comedy or drama I have been entertained and enthralled. Some authors write novels that are “made for TV”. Grisham writes novels that are made for the big screen with the best actors vying for the lead.

Yet the book remains un-butchered.

Rating: 5.8/10

11. Story #11

Submitted by Lorie
John is a powerful writer. A Time to Kill is some of the best writing he has done.

Rating: 3.8/10

12. The Whole Truth

Submitted by Elizabeth J D
I like the fact that John Grisham writes in the south and represents the South in a true and complete nature. He understands the South because he is from the South, unlike the fake accents you sometimes hear on TV, which ready make you mad if you are from the South. He is the real thing.

Rating: 5.8/10

13. Just a wish (3rd-4th place)

Submitted by Alan H
I like John,He seems to be a nice man and I get to see him once in awhile when he takes to the air out of CHO airport were I work. He writes a good story and to give it a little plus, he will use landmarks around central Virginia and the names of real people he knows, like at the airport and the local CVS. I’m sure he will come over to my side of the airport some afternoon and use our TSA security as part of one of his books. At least I can hope to meet him before I retire.

Rating: 6.0/10

14. Story #14

Submitted by Peggy D
I’ve watched movies from your books, but had not read any of them until about two months ago. Since then, I’ve read everything you’ve written to date – can’t you write just a tad faster? lol I’m a Grisham junky now thanks to your superb writing – I love being able to “see” the story I’m reading. Excellent, excellent author. Glad I found you.

Rating: 5.4/10

15. i don’t understand the grisham haters

Submitted by bob k
John Grisham is not Samuel Boswell, Charles Dickens or Ayn Rand. He is a storyteller. His books are well written – his narratives are tight. He maintains a story arc that makes sense. I always follow the dialogue and easily distinguish between/among the characters.

There are many worse writers who deserve to be maligned. John Grisham is excellent at what he does.

I feel a bit like Chris Crocker begging the world to leave Britney alone!

Rating: 5.8/10

16. Grisham

Submitted by Joseph Z
His books take you away from reality, I have been reading them for past 20 years or so and really liked the testament but the partner had me suprised for the ending. I am about to purchase Playing for Pizza but will wait until this contest is over. JOE

Rating: 5.4/10

17. Live the Read

Submitted by RETHA J
All of John Grisham’s books are so descriptive. When I’m reading his books, I feel like I have been liquified and poured into the story. I’m standing on the square in Clanton, MS (A Time to Kill), or floating down the river in Brazil (The Testament),or riding to town in the back of a truck on a Saturday (A Painted House). His words put this reader in the middle of the story as if I am experiencing it myself.

Rating: 5.8/10

18. 3 Cheers for Grisham’s Playing for Pizza (2nd place)

Submitted by maggie m
3 Cheers for Grisham’s Playing for Pizza
Competition entry: Alright readers, get your pom-poms ready, because I’m about to lead a cheer for John Grisham’s new book Playing for Pizza. “Give me an ‘F’!” “Give me a ‘U’!” “Give me an ‘N’!” “What do ya got?” Fun! “I can’t hear you!” FUN!

That’s right, Grisham’s new book is nothing but fun. Matter of fact, it is the perfect little read during the week while one waits for Grisham’s Alma Mata, Ole Miss, to kick-off a Saturday football game. What am I thinking? One only has two weekdays to read if he is a real football fanatic, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Our story opens with 28-year-old Rick Dockery lying in a hospital bed not really sure just how he got there. This confusion makes his agent, Arnie, a bit nervous. Over Rick’s lackluster football career this makes his third concussion—and one is usually one too many—in the NFL.

Arnie retells the story as Rick notices his head throbbing more and more with each sentence. Apparently, third-stringer Rick was called on the field to replace the second Browns’ quarterback to sustain injuries in the Cleveland Browns versus Denver Broncos match-up. This play-off game is all but won as Browns fans begin to head towards the parking lot.

As Rick accepts the snap, the Browns are up by 17 points with only 11 minutes left in the game. Have you ever played the game, “7 Minutes in Heaven?” Well, for Rick this is 11 minutes in the opposite direction as the ball is intercepted three separate times for unbelievable Bronco touchdowns.

Arnie has more bad news. First, Browns manager, Whacker, called while Rick was in his coma to fire him. Second, no one, not even his parents have sent flowers or get well cards. Last, an angry group of drunken fans have staged yell-ins directed at the quarterback’s hospital window for a week.

Hiding in the hospital, Rick is left with only two options; essentially, quit football altogether or play for the Parma Panthers in Parma, Italy. Who? Where?

Arnie’s worked the phones daily while Rick recovered for another NFL contract, but things have been brutal. Even the Denver Broncos-heading to the Super Bowl thanks to Rick-laugh at his offer. The Parma Panthers are the only agreeable team. Their offer, a whopping $20,000 plus room, car, and all the pasta one ex-NFLer can eat.

So, before the next tailgate party, what will you do? “Read! Read! READ!”

Rating: 7.0/10

19. Cool Hand John (3rd-4th place)

Submitted by Lisbeth M
John Grisham came to the 2nd floor of our work building in Oklahoma to do research on his non-fiction book. From the 3rd floor conference room, we saw his arrival. We all played it cool and left him alone. We found out that later that he had patiently signed autographs for everyone on the 1st and 2nd floors.

Rating: 6.0/10

20. John’s Influence

Submitted by Sandra S
He was the first author to actually make me think…about law and justice and social inequities.

Rating: 4.8/10

21. Keep Some Things To Yourself

Submitted by Harry K
I love John Grisham’s books…and most of the movies that have been made from them. I’ve been a fan for a long time.

That’s why I find it so disappointing that he seems compelled to abuse his celebrity to force his political opinions on the rest of us.

I don’t deny anyone the opportunity to participate in the political process. I don’t even mind if a celebrity lends his or her fame to a specific candidate’s fund-raiser or other private event.

However, once a celebrity starts using their “bully pulpit” to make political pronouncements, that’s just what they’re doing…bullying the rest of us.

I really wish Grisham would refrain from sharing his political views in public venues. Want to expound? Write a book about it. Just don’t go on talk shows and abuse your access to mass media to force your views on us. Please.

Rating: 2.6/10

22. A Man with a Heart

Submitted by Laura E
I have read every book John Grisham has ever written. I have always believed that every author has a little of him or herself in their novels so you get a little glimpse of the who the person is behind the pages. I have always believed him to be intelligent, thoughtful, insightful and a man who is not afraid to express his views. I did not realize though how much of a heart he had until Hurricane Katrina. He came a few months after the hurricane when Biloxi was still in ruins both in land and spirit. He took the time to talk to people and give them words of encouragement. These were not words he had put in a manuscript but ones from his heart. The tears in his eyes said it all and gave so many of us the lift we needed to go through another day.

Rating: 5.6/10

23. The Innocent Man

Submitted by Mindy K
He is able to capture readers attention both fiction and non-fiction. I find it IMPOSSIBLE to put his book down!

Mindy-The Bluegrass State

Rating: 4.2/10

24. A Time to Learn

Submitted by Alecia G
The only Grisham book I’ve ever read was “A Time To Kill”. I read it for law class in high school but I loved it. It had suspense, mystery, and a moral. I would love to read more of his books as he is a talented author.

Rating: 4.2/10

25. Story #25

Submitted by Susan S
I love John Grisham’s books. He is one of the best authors I have ever read. I have read most of his books.

Rating: 4.2/10

26. great mississippian

Submitted by raymond w
john has been a great role person for mississippi. he has brought a large honor for his home state.

Rating: 4.6/10

27. He’s my uncle!

Submitted by Cindy Z
When I read my first John Grisham book, The Firm (in 1992 or so), I thought “hmmm! this seems familiar”. Then as I read the next few, The Runaway Jury, The Client, The Chamber, I thought “hey! this IS familiar”. Finally around 2002 – I’m sort of slow 🙂 – I realized it was because the stories were being told by my uncle. Yes! John Grisham is the alias for my Uncle Carl. Since I was itty-bitty, he’s been spinning tales of intrigue & conspiracies – sure the first ones were about how there was a Northern conspiracy to raid the orange groves next to his house in Orlando, then in my teens it was that NASA (at the Kennedy Space Center) was just sending up fake rockets, no one “really” went to the moon, it was a government ploy to keep the masses passified, and now in his late 70s, the latest is his confession that he wrote “Solyent Green” the movie with Charlton Heston where people are converted into food for other humans. Apparently, he sent the story into the NY Times as he wanted to get the word out and communist Hollywod appropriated it and made it into a movie – which he was also didn’t get a penny from. He’s had many aliases over the years, and I realized that John Grisham is just one of the more well-known ones. P.S. By the way, the photo is fake – my uncle always was and is better looking!

Rating: 4.8/10

28. What’s The Grade?

Submitted by Vergie W
Mr. John Grisham has two outstanding careers both are interesting and compelling. Writing, from what I understand was not one of his great grades in school. Law who know what grades he made?

Rating: 4.2/10

29. Awesome Writer

Submitted by Ruthann P
I have read all of Grisham’s books and believe me, that is saying something. If I can not get interested in a book in the first 10 pages or so, I am done with it. He always pulls me in and I throughly enjoy reading the entire book. Thanks Mr. Grisham for many hours of pleasure.

Rating: 5.6/10

30. Weaving the Mystery

Submitted by Cindy B
John Grisham writes stories that truly bring the reader into the world of mystery and intrigue. The way he weaves the plot line through his characters with such high attention to detail make for every book to be a page turner. He has defined the legal thrillers for generations to come, and I for one will keep coming back for more.

Rating: 5.8/10


  • October 27, 2007 at 11:58 PM KIM

    I am sorry, I dont read books at this time. But I do know My husband truely loves Grisham books. He has to wait until they have been published and he can purchase at a second hand store. (We dont really have funds to purchase first print) He came home last week and told me that when he came home and told me that Grisham had come out with a new book “Playing for Pizza”, I saw the twinkle in his eye. I thought It would be nice to try to get him the book so he did not have to wait until everyone else reads it. I would love to give him something special.

  • October 29, 2007 at 1:56 PM giovanni z

    I’m sorry for my english. I’m born in Parma and I’m waiting for the italian version of “playing for pizza”. So I can know how my city seems from USA.

  • November 3, 2007 at 7:39 PM Connie

    I just finished “Playing for Pizza” and as was my experience with Mr. Grisham’s novels that preceded this one, I am once again filled with a mélange of emotions. Truly, Mr. Grisham has evolved to become one of the greatest contemporary American writers. His style is engaging, his passion resonates, and his stories vigorously reflect the human spirit. Once again, Mr. Grisham has embarked on a laudable journey of storytelling. Well done!

  • February 11, 2008 at 2:22 PM Rebekalex


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