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Wed Oct 29 1997

FYI: Bad writing contest

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  1. Kate Kearns, The Bad Writing Contest!

Message 1: The Bad Writing Contest!

Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 15:23:40 +1200
From: Kate Kearns <>
Subject: The Bad Writing Contest!

CALL FOR ENTRIES. Philosophy and Literature, a journal of the
>Johns Hopkins University Press, announces the fourth Bad Writing
>Contest. Please cross-post the following announcement on related
>lists for humanities, culture theory, philosophy, social sciences,
>criticism, editing, etc.


>The Philosophy and Literature Bad Writing Contest
>The challenge of the Bad Writing Contest is to come up with the
>ugliest, most stylistically awful single sentence (or two) from a
>published scholarly book or article. Ordinary journalism, fiction,
>etc. not allowed, nor is translation from other languages into
>English. Entries must be non-ironic, from actual serious academic
>journals or books--parodies cannot be admitted in a field where
>unintentional self-parody is so rampant. Winning entries will be
>checked by our researchers before prizes are awarded.
>Judging will be by editorial staff of Philosophy and Literature.
>Finder of the winning sentence will have first choice from a list of
>splendid new books in history, philosophy, and the humanities. The
>second-place winner will have second choice, and so on. We are
>certain winners will be pleased with the selection. We expect the
>award of six prizes. If necessary, there will be a seventh prize (a
>book by Jacques Lacan) and eighth prize (the complete works of Jacques
>Lacan). Multiple entries are welcome. Entries also accepted by fax
>and normal post.
>We've fine prizes for this fourth contest, so join the fun! Please use
>the subject heading "Bad writing entry" and copy the quotation, along
>with bibliographic details, directly to Denis Dutton, editor of
>Philosophy and Literature. The address:
>Contest deadline: 31 January 1998.
>Anyone may join Philosophy and Literature's Internet discussion
>group, PHIL-LIT, by sending the message
>Dr. Denis Dutton
>Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy of Art
>Editor, Philosophy and Literature
>University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
>telephone: 643-366-7001, ext. 8154
>fax: 643-364-2858

(Dr) Kate Kearns
Linguistics Department
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand
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