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Contest Fri Sep 25 2015

Annual Prose Awards Open Call

guild.jpgThe Guild Literary Complex has announced the open submission period for its Annual Prose Awards for Short Fiction and Non-Fiction. Every fall, The Guild acknowledges emerging and established writers via a judged competition and recognition event at the historic Chopin Theatre in Chicago.

The Guild invites Illinois residents ages 18 and older to submit one work of either fiction or non-fiction, up to 1,000 words. Writers of all backgrounds and experience levels are invited to submit, and all themes and subjects are welcome. Three semi-finalists from each category will read their work at the Prose Awards event, with a cash prize of $500 going to one author in each category.

The deadline to submit is Thursday, October 22 (5:00 pm). A full list of submission guidelines can be found on The Guild's website. The recognition event will be held on Thursday, November 12, 7:30 pm at the Chopin Theater (1543 West Division Street).

Jeremy Owens

Contest Wed Aug 26 2015

Joe Meno's Marvel and a Wonder: A Party & a Contest

marvel and a wonderAuthor Joe Meno's latest novel, Marvel and a Wonder, will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 1 by Akashic Books.

The book tells the story of Jim Falls, a Korean War veteran, and his 16-year-old grandson Quentin, who he is raising on a farm in southern Indiana. In the summer of 1995, they unexpectedly receive a beautiful quarter horse, whose arrival draws the interest of a pair of meth-addicted brothers, who steal and sell the horse. The Falls must descend into the seedy underbelly of the horse world to get their horse back. You can read an excerpt of Marvel and a Wonder on The Rumpus.

To celebrate the book's release, Meno is throwing a party and reading at the Book Cellar on Thursday, Sept. 10, sponsored by Gapers Block and lit journal Goreyesque. In addition to reading from and signing his new book, Meno will be joined by Jan-Henry Gray, Amy Giacalone, Jan Bottiglieri and Julia Fine, who will each read a short piece of their own. We hope you'll join us there -- RSVP on Facebook.

Gapers Block has a pair of signed hardcover copies of Marvel and a Wonder to give away to two lucky readers. To enter, send an email with the subject line "Joe Meno" and your name and address in the body to contests@gapersblock.com. We'll select the winners at random from all entries received by 5pm Thursday, Aug. 27, and will mail the books out on Friday so they'll hopefully arrive by the 1st. Good luck!

Andrew Huff / Comments (1)

Contest Thu Jun 12 2014

A High-Stakes, Historic Open Mic for Poets

043012-national-gwendolyn-brooks.pngTwo decades ago, Gwendolyn Brooks--Pulitzer winner, Poet Laureate of Illinois, and creator of all-around astonishing verses--founded a very personal and unusual poetry contest. The winner would be decided in a public reading; the check, says Guild Literary Complex, would be cut by Brooks herself. Brooks died in 2000, but Guild Complex has picked up the tradition, and submissions are open for this year's Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award.

The details: you have until June 30 to submit your poem. The only stylistic guideline? You have to be able to read it in under three minutes. (So epicists should also be auctioneers.) And you have to be willing to perform it live, in front of a paying audience, at the Chopin Theatre on Wednesday, July 23--the audience will decide who gets the $500 prize from a field of 20 semifinalists. There's a $5 entrance fee, which, the organizers note, gets you into the performance even if your work isn't selected.

Daphne Sidor

Poetry Wed Oct 30 2013

What's Your Favorite Poem?

FoundationLibrary.jpgYou've got one month to decide. The Poetry Foundation's Favorite Poem Project: Chicago is asking Chicagolanders to send in their favorite poem along with "a few sentences about why the poem you've chosen is especially meaningful to you." From these submissions, five will be chosen for inclusion in a series of videos planned to drop in April (National Poetry Month) 2014. The deadline is November 30.

This iteration of the Favorite Poem Project takes its cues from a larger, older effort: meter-to-the-masses poet laureate Robert Pinsky sent out a similar call to the entire nation during his tenure in 1997. When the project first crossed my radar I thought, "Huh, neat!" And then I thought: wait, how do you choose a favorite poem? I flipped through my mental poetry anthology of greatest hits and lingered on a few pages, but none of them seemed quite to answer to the name of all-time favorite. Poems are like songs; you play them when the mood is right.

Continue reading this entry »

Daphne Sidor

Contest Wed Aug 21 2013

Write a Novel in Three Days? Why Not!

3day.jpgMaybe your Labor Day weekend plans have you going out of town for one last hurrah, or lounging on Oak Street Beach, or hunching over your grill, savoring the final greasy aromas of summer. But instead of all that, why not lock yourself in a room and write a novel?

The 3-Day Novel Contest will let you do just that. The contest has been torturing writers since 1977, making them write an entire novel over Labor Day weekend with no editing after the fact and very little preparation ahead of time. Kinda like NaNoWriMo on steroids. If you're one of those writers who needs a kick in the rear and a little competition to get those creative juices flowing, this just might be your jam. Plus there's the added incentive of prizes -- the first prize winner actually gets a book deal with Anvil Press for their unedited, 72-hours-in-the-making novel, and second and third place get cash prizes. Chicago is due for another win... the last time a Chicagoan triumphed in the 3-Day Novel Contest was back in '04, when Megan Austin and Shannon Mullally teamed up to write Love Block. You don't have to submit your novel for consideration, of course, but why not heap the possibility of rejection on top of all that work?

Sound like something you'd be into? Don't dilly-dally... registration is only accepted through August 30th. It'll set you back $50 and can be done online or by "cheque." Gotta love those Canadians.

Image courtesy of Brian Henry's Quick Brown Fox blog.

Eden Robins / Comments (5)

Events Tue Jun 18 2013

Performance Poets: Submit to the Oak Park Poetry Exchange

The Oak Park Regional Housing Center is hosting the first annual Oak Park Poetry Exchange. Twelve poems and three short films will be selected for a culminating performance/viewing at Oak Park's architecturally significant Pleasant Home on Friday, July 19.

Performance poets, submit your work revolving around "Diversity and CommUNITY." From the event press release: "In a society that is divided too often along racial lines, we are requesting expressions of unity. Poems should focus on aspirational or inspirational themes around diversity and integration."

Performances should not exceed five minutes in length, and a video demo is required for submission. Filmmakers are also invited to submit short films that are no longer than ten minutes in length and revolve around the same theme.

Panel judges include Kartemquin Film's Steve James; author, jazz performer and Columbia College professor George Bailey; community human rights activist and artist Abdi "Fuerza" Maya; and lead singer of the jazz fusion group Organic Flow Liam Bird.

Submission deadline is July 5. Click here to learn more about categories, cash prizes and submission guidelines. Click here to submit.

UPDATE: The Pleasant Home Foundation announced that the Poetry Exchange has postponed. The statement read, in part, "The Housing Center remains committed to bringing this dynamic event to Oak Park and the region. However, we have realized that we did not provide enough advance outreach to hold the event this summer. Look for the event to be held next year with an even more exciting format!"

Lara Levitan

Contest Tue Aug 14 2012

First Annual WNBA National Writing Contest Announced

The Women's National Book Association announced its first annual writing contest recently. The WNBA is an educational, charitable, and networking organization for women in the book world. It's been around since 1917, before women in America even had the right to vote. It's even been an NGO member of the United Nations since 1959. "After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women and others in the field," says their website, "we have decided it is time to celebrate emerging writers." Entries can be either fiction up to 2500 words or poetry up to 35 lines. Deadline is November 1, 2012. For more information, click here.

Rebecca Hyland

Contest Wed May 30 2012

The Letter Q Giveaway

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In the new anthology The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves, dozens of award winning authors and illustrators, including Michael Cunningham, Terrence McNally and Armisted Maupin, tell their younger selves what they would have liked to know then. GO magazine says "sure, there are heavy subjects here, but the overall tone is funny and upbeat. By writing letters to their younger selves, the authors are forced to give detailed accounts of their former lives, making it easier for a teen to envision what that author went through. So give this book to your favorite queer kid or keep it for yourself - because sometimes life is hard for gay adults, even though, at this point, it is all supposed to get better." Click on this link and enter to win yourself a free copy (last day to enter is June 12).

Rebecca Hyland

Contest Wed Mar 21 2012

Bacon Poetry Contest Finalists; Justify Your Food Choices

The Baconfest Poetry Contest has announced this year's finalists and encouraged the public to vote for their favorites (voting closed March 21 at 1pm, but you can still check 'em out here).

If you didn't make the finals, you still have a chance to weave your carnivorous philosophy into literary legend in the New York Times' "Tell Us Why It's Ethical To Eat Meat" contest. Per the rules, "this is a very specific contest. Don't tell us why you like meat, why organic trumps local or why your food is yours to choose. Just tell us why it's ethical to eat meat" (so think "debate" more than "lusty paean"). Word limit is 600 words, judges include Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman and Jonathan Safran Foer, deadline is April 8. Click here for more details.

Rebecca Hyland

Contest Sat Mar 10 2012

Bacon Poetry Contest

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If wine lovers are oenophiles and cheese lovers are caseophiles, then the term for a lover of bacon is...you? Ponder these meaty matters over brunch tomorrow and enter the Bacon Poetry Contest. The winner will get two tickets to the sold out Baconfest Chicago 2012 on April 14 at the UIC Forum. Deadline is Wednesday, March 14 at 1pm. Click here for details and a sampling of past winners.

Rebecca Hyland

Contest Sat Mar 10 2012

Criminal Class Press "Story Noire" Contest

Criminal Class Press is holding an "Engines of Deceit" story contest. They encourage entires on the darker side of writing, and work that writers are hesitant to publish. They accept fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art with a dark twist.

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The contest began Feb 1 and will run till July 1. There is a $10 entry fee and prizes range from $25 to $200 with the winners announced in September. The story should be a max of 2500 words. It and should be a "story noire," and must take place between 1939 and 1950.

If you have a flair for the dark side, go to Criminal Class Press for more information on the contest.

Julie Zarlenga / Comments (1)

Contest Thu Jan 19 2012

Nelson Algren Short Story Contest: Do You Have What It Takes?

With the deadline approaching on Feb 1, enter in your short story for the Nelson Algren Short Story Award. To find out more go to the Chicago Tribune.

Julie Zarlenga

Contest Tue Jan 03 2012

Chicago River Friends Want Your Stories

The Friends of the Chicago River are looking for your river experience -- "voices from all aspects of the river's history from bridge tenders to fishermen, kayakers and admirers to tell the story of what the Chicago River means to you." -- up until 1/15/12. Get your submissions (and questions) in to mayala[at]chicagoriver[dot]org, and your work may be shown on their website or the Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum.

Rose Lannin

Books Mon Dec 12 2011

Society of Midland Authors Literary Competition

Each year since it began in 1915, the Society of Midland Authors has granted awards to authors and poets with ties to the 12 Midwestern "heartland states." The contest is now underway for books published in 2011. While there is no entry fee and you don't have to be a member of the SMA to enter, do you have to have either been born in, currently live in, or have strong ties to one of the 12 Midland states. Your book must also have been published by a recognized publishing house — apologies to all you self-publishers out there.

Completed entry forms must be submitted by February 1, 2012, along with a copy of the book being submitted in that category. There are three judges per category, so that means each judge needs to get his or her own copy of the book and corresponding entry form (three judges, three forms, three books).

What are the categories, you say? Glad you asked. Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Biography, Children's Fiction, Children's Nonfiction and Poetry.

Make sure you double-check the rules, and mail your entries to the right judges.

Questions? Comments? Contact competition manager Carol Jean Carlson at 773-504-8450.

Megan E. Doherty

Contest Tue Oct 25 2011

Submit Pure Fiction to the Chicago Reader

The Reader's January issue will be stories by local authors, paired with illustrations from local artists. Submissions are open until 11/29. Take a look at past winners here.

Rose Lannin

On the Web Tue Oct 25 2011

Trick or Chapbook

This October 31 isn't just Halloween, it's also the deadline for submissions to Ink Well Magazine and Ledge Poetry and Fiction's Poetry Chapbook competition. For Ink Well's fifth volume, they're giving you an "Obsession/Compulsion" theme, and they're accepting pretty much any medium you can think of. For Ledge Poetry and Fiction's contest, sacrifice $18 for the reading fee--because the winner will receive, not only 25 copies of his/her chapbook, but $1000! Click here for more info on Ink Well submissions and here for Ledge Poetry's contest guidelines.

Emily Wong

Contest Sat Oct 01 2011

Banned Book Giveaway

From now until Sunday at midnight, Chicagoland book blogger Bluestalking is giving away some banned books and fun, iconic pro-reading shirts. Comment on the post linked here to enter.

Rose Lannin

Contest Mon Sep 19 2011

90-Second Newbery Film Festival

Local author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) is co-curating a new festival with the Chicago and New York Public Libraries. The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival challenges participants of any age to make a 90-second video representation of any Newbery Award winning book. The film must include the entire plot, not just a trailer or preview of the story, but beyond that the limits of your creativity should rule your entry. To get a taste, you can view the 90-second version of A Wrinkle in Time on Kennedy's website where you can also learn how to submit your entry. The submission deadline is October 17 and on November 16 Kennedy will be at the Harold Washington Library from 6pm-8pm to celebrate the film festival in all its glory. So peruse all the past winners, break out the new-fangled recording device of your choosing and get crackin'!

Veronica Bond

Contest Wed Sep 07 2011

Flash Fiction Writing Contest

In honor of the 10th anniversary of One Book, One Chicago, this year's pick has inspired an ironic/awesome little contest.

Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March isn't exactly brief, but what if it were? Try your hand at composing your own "version of the great American Novel", compressed into 750 words or less. Easy!

Oh, and make sure the stories are both set in, and inspired by, the Chi.

From the press release:

"The entries will be judged by Stuart Dybek, an expert in both flash fiction and Chicago, whose collection The Coast of Chicago was the One Book, One Chicago selection in spring 2004. Three finalists will read their work at an event at Stop Smiling, 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Thursday, October 13; and the winner will have their work published in a future issue of the newly revitalized magazine The Chicagoan."

There is no fee to enter, and all submissions must be received by Friday, September 23.

For more information and all contest details (including how to enter), click here.

Megan E. Doherty

Contest Wed Aug 24 2011

Got a Little Gothic Blue Book in Ya?


Gothic Blue Books -- popular in the 18th and 19th centuries -- are shortened versions of Gothic novels, always set in a monastery or convent or castle. And Chicago small press Burial Day Books is bringing it back -- with their own twist. For Burial Day Books' version of the Gothic Blue Book, they're requesting submissions of short stories (poems will also be considered) that follow the original Gothic Blue Book guideline or the New Burial Day Gothic Blue Book guideline. Click here for the guideline definitions and official rules and tips. Submission deadline is September 13. The publication date (online and in traditional journal format)? You guessed it: October 31.

Emily Wong

Contest Thu Aug 04 2011

Naked Girls Want You To Submit

...your stories. The Naked Girls Reading series, the Michelle L'Amour led salon at the Everleigh Social Club, is having a writing contest. They're looking for "exceptional writing in the areas of Short Fiction, Poetry, Criticism and Erotica. If you consider your writing to be 'gut level,' this is the contest for you." First prize is $1000, publication in Ampersand Review, plus your work will be read live at an honorary event in November. Deadline is September 1; details here.

Rebecca Hyland

Miscellaneous Fri Jul 29 2011

Dead Authors to Attend Printers' Ball

Kind of. Theater troupe Collaboraction will be dressed up as passed-on Chicago authors tonight at the 2011 Printers' Ball. They'll give ball-goers a little advice, a few words of wisdom, and the chance to win a Kindle. Seek a dead author out for an entry slip, write a literary quote on the slip, bring the slip to the Chicago Publishes table on the 8th floor, and cross your fingers! At the end of the night, perhaps you'll go home happy with a new Kindle.

Emily Wong

Contest Thu Jul 07 2011

Wear Your Comic Book Heart on Your Sleeve

Dan Clowes created a set of buttons for Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, and Busy Beaver wants to help you get a pack.

Rose Lannin

Contest Thu Jun 09 2011

Get Killed by Marcus Sakey

Marcus Sakey's latest novel, The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, goes on sale today and to celebrate the author is holding a very special contest. All you have to do to enter is read the book and post your review online somewhere, whether it's GoodReads, Amazon, or even your Facebook page. You can even post multiple reviews in multiple places. Just send Sakey an email (preorder[at]marcussakey[dot]com) to let him know where and you'll be entered into his contest to be a character in his next book. No telling how big or small your part may be, or if you'll live until the book's end, but your name will be immortalized in a piece of Chicago fiction. Winners will be announced August 1. Start reading Two Deaths early and post your review within the next two weeks and it'll be counted as a triple entry.

If you just can't get enough Sakey, he'll also be at the Hidden Shamrock (2723 N. Halsted) at 7pm on Sunday, 6/12, to read from the new book.

Veronica Bond

Contest Fri Jun 03 2011

React, Write, and Win with Knee-Jerk

Local literary magazine Knee-Jerk is currently sponsoring two contests: one for essays and one for chapbooks. Go here for more info. Deadline is June 30.

Rose Lannin

Contest Thu Apr 14 2011

Vocalize Low-Key Lyesmith

Your voice could bring Mr. Wednesday, Shadow, Sam Black Crow, or any of the other pivotal characters in Neil Gaiman's Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American Gods to life. Gaiman's Neverwhere was recently chosen by One Book, One Chicago, and now he's offering the opportunity to win a speaking role in the upcoming American Gods audiobook.

Rose Lannin

Contest Tue Feb 08 2011

The Common Review's Annual Short Story Prize

The University of Chicago-founded The Common Review is holding their second Annual Short Story Prize. Submit your previously unpublished manuscripts (500 to 5,000 words) before February 15, and you'll be eligible for publication, cash, and more. More details here.

Rose Lannin

Contest Thu Jan 20 2011

Best Books of 2010 Contest

The Society of Midland Authors announces a contest for best books published in 2010. Categories are Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Biography, Children's Fiction, Children's Nonfiction and Poetry. Deadline is February 15; awards banquet for winners will be held May 10. Further details here.

Rebecca Hyland / Comments (1)

Contest Wed Dec 08 2010

Bringing Back Paper and Ink

Are you sick of hearing about the death of print as we know it, or some permutation of that phrase? Have you ever made a mini comic or zine? If you answered yes to the latter, Quimby's has a challenge for you...if you said yes to the former, you still might be interested in seeing how this goes down.

Sometime in 2011, Quimby's wants you to cuddle up to the Xerox and turn out one more self-published work, be it a comic, mini-comic, zine, or some hybrid of all three. Join the Facebook group for more information and updates, and start prepping to ride that printed train into the new year.

Rose Lannin

Miscellaneous Fri Oct 08 2010

Free Book Friday

The fine people over at Lit Drift have a great thing going where they give you a published indie title at no charge. If that wasn't cool enough, this week's book is local author Lindsay Hunter's Daddy's. Even if you didn't get a chance to go to the Featherproof Books-sponsored event, you've still got a chance to be a winner.

Rose Lannin

Contest Fri Oct 01 2010

Get Caffeinated

Caffeine Theatre wants YOU -- to send them your original poetry for their "Old Father William's Frabjous and Curious Poetry Contest." Just follow their rules:

  • Submissions may include any size or style of poem, as long as it is inspired in some way by the life or work of Lewis Carroll, or in some way speaks in conversation with that life or work.
  • Nonsense poems and poems exploring symbolic logic are especially encouraged.
  • Winners will be posted and podcast on Caffeine's website, and performed at the Lewis Carroll Coffeehouse at the end of November.
  • Any new or previously written poem may be submitted (provided it can be republished/recorded/performed).

Submit your Lewis Carroll-inspired, nonsense poems by emailing the poems and a 3-5 sentence description of their relation to Lewis Carroll to the Caffeine Theatre Associate Artistic Director, Daniel Smith, at dan@caffeinetheatre.com. Make sure you have "Old Father William" in the subject heading! The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2010.

Emily Wong

Contest Wed Aug 25 2010

Give It Up For Highland Park...

For sponsoring the Poetry That Moves Contest! Submit an original poem (you don't have to be from Highland Park) by Saturday, October 1. If your poem is one of the 12 selected, it will be printed on a PACE bus operating between Evanston and Waukegan for one month in 2011! Go to the Highland Park Poetry website for submission fees and guidelines. What better way to get your work recognized by the world? Or at least the northern Chicago suburbs...

Emily Wong

Contest Tue May 25 2010

Online Literary Anthology Seeks Submissions, Theme: Chicago

Partner Dance Press invites self-identified women writers, composers, performers and text-based artists under 40 currently living in Chicago to submit work for consideration in a new online text-based anthology. Writing about the breadth of the city and life in the 21st century, the work must be text-based and tell a story, and need not explicitly speak about Chicago. It may be, but is not limited to: literary writing, poetry, sound installations or pieces, graphic fiction, memoir, dramatic text, journalism, performance, animation, film or scripts. The 21 texts will be selected based on overall quality, as well as their ability to use text-based work to represent the diversity of the urban space. Submissions will be especially welcomed from artists from communities that have been historically underrepresented in the oeuvre of the city. Submit work to: 21.21.chicago [at] gmail.com or via snail mail to
Partner Dance Press, 4346 S Lake Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60653. Contact editors Megan Bayles and Achy Obejas at partnerdancepress [at] gmail.com with any questions.
Deadline: June 15, 2010.

Rebecca Hyland

Contest Thu Apr 01 2010

Chicago Public Library Design Contest Returns

chipublib_designcontest.jpgThe Chicago Public Library's website, chipublib.org, is holding its second annual design contest.

Between April 5 and May 15, submit your poster design prominently featuring the phrase "chipublib.org" following these instructions here, and then become a member of the library's contest flickr group. Entries will be judged by the library and 30 finalists will be presented for voting May 17-23, and the winning design will be displayed around the city.

So, get started!

Andrew Huff

Events Wed Mar 10 2010

A Taste for Books

Columbia College celebrates The International Edible Book Festival, which takes place annually on the first of April, by asking chefs who like books, book-lovers who like food, and anyone in-between to create a piece of literature good enough to eat.

Want to try your hand? Contact contact Gina Ordaz at (312) 369-6630 by 5pm, March 26. Just want to attend? Buy tickets in advance or at the door.

Last year's toothsome tomes can be seen here.

Rose Lannin

Contest Tue Nov 03 2009

Great Books, Great Stories

great books fdn.jpgThe Great Books Foundation, headquartered in Chicago, is holding its first annual Short Story Prize through The Common Review, their quarterly magazine of books and ideas. The first prize winner will take home $400 and have their story published; second prize will win $200 and third prize will be awarded $150. Judges include local author Achy Obejas, former Poetry magazine editor Joe Parisi and local journalist Danny Postel. Your story must be postmarked by January 31, 2010 to be considered for the contest and they are not accepting electronic submissions. Email tcr[at]greatbooks[dot]org or call 800-222-5870 for questions and information.

Veronica Bond

Contest Mon Oct 26 2009

Win a Copy of Her Fearful Symmetry

Here's a chance to get your hands on one of the hot new reads for free: Regal Literary, Audrey Niffenegger's literary agency, is giving away 25 hardcover and 10 advanced reader's copies of the author's new book, Her Fearful Symmetry. All you have to do to enter is become a fan of the book on Facebook and send an email to hfs[at]regal-literary[dot]com with the subject line "Facebook Special Offer - I'm a fan!" by November 13. Does it get much better than free books, especially good free books? I think not. (Also, be sure to check out all of the interviews and videos of Audrey discussing her work on the FB page...there's some good information there.)

Veronica Bond

Contest Fri Oct 16 2009

Style Your Wild Thing

clarkkent.jpgThe fur-covered editions of Dave Eggers's The Wild Things have arrived at the McSweeney's offices and the first thing the group did was to get busy styling that monster hair. The results are highly amusing (and somewhat unnecessarily cute, e.g. the Clark Kent Wild Thing to the right), but McSweeney's isn't stopping there: they're challenging all you Wild Things readers to send in photos of your own stylized versions of the book to win a special prize. No word on what that prize is yet, but I can't wait to see all the entries. Email your photos to webmaster[at]mcsweeneys[dot]net and check back on November 16 to find out who wins.

Veronica Bond

Contest Fri Oct 16 2009

She's a Superfreak(onomist)

imageDB.jpgSteven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's follow-up to the bestselling Freakonomics is being released next Tuesday. Titled Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, the book follows the path of its predecessor, asking such questions as "How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa?" and "Did TV cause a rise in crime?" Want to win a copy? Head over to the Onion AV Club where they're giving away three copies and official Superfreakonomics T-shirts (now that's a superhero I'd like to see!). Just email them at avcontests[at]theonion[dot]com and they'll pick the winners on October 30.

Veronica Bond

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