Calling all of Hooked’s fishy writer friends: it’s time for 49 Writers’ third annual “Ode to a Dead Salmon” writers contest! As are so many things Alaskan, this contest is a bit… different. They’re seeking your best WORST writing. Here are the details, re-printed from their site:
The idea for the contest came originally from our 2008 interview with Nancy Lord
. When Andromeda asked why she didn’t write immediately about her Alaskan experiences, Nancy said, “I think I was scared off, years ago, by something John Haines wrote in “The Writer as Alaskan”: a kind of condemnation that new-comers to Alaska always mined the same myths, ‘odes to dead salmon,’ and that it would take generations to develop a worthy Alaskan literature. I’d written a few odes to dead salmon and knew that I needed to get beyond the obvious.”
Since the contest was first launched, bad writing has streamed in from all over the world. We posted it all and let our readers vote. Past winners have garnered some great press, including a write-up in Alaska Magazine
We want your best tongue-in-cheek “Ode to a Dead Salmon” bad Alaskan writing, poetry or prose, fiction or non. We’ll publish all entries at our Ode to a Dead Salmon webpage
so the world can read them, and we’ll post the finalists here at 49 Writers. And yes, famed and fishy Alaskan artist Ray Troll
has once again offered an autographed T-shirt of choice to our winner. But the main goal, of course, is to have fun.
1. Entries must conform to our editorial policy.
2. We need your real name and real email address. If you want your entry to be posted under a pseudonym or left anonymous, make that clear in your email.
3. No more than three entries per person.
4. No more than 800 words per entry (shorter is just fine with us: limerick, haiku, opening lines).
5. Entries must be your own original work.
6. You keep the copyright but by entering you’re giving us permission to post.
7. This is our contest. We make the rules (that’s the beauty of blogging, folks), and the rules may change as we see fit. We’ll let you know if they do.
Apologies for the bad form and consequent eye strain here, friends… We’re rushing to cut the lines and head out, and I can’t figure out why the paragraph breaks aren’t showing up. Thanks for forwarding this one on to anyone who might be interested; I hope to see some familiar names among this year’s submissions. Happy writing!