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Monthly TWITTER Writing Contest is hosting a writing contest. The first day of every
month at 11 AM, we will announce the topic. Entrants must write a
140-character-or-less tweet, mention @Scribendi_Inc, and summarize the
topic. The contest closes the last day of the month at 11 AM.
Summarize This! promotes concise and precise writing skills in a
fresh, fun way

Prizes range from free editing to swap

Neil Postman Award
Rolling Deadline. Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic,
Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do
with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world.

Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are
as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently,
metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school
poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between
“like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study
of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were
omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience. In
honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on Oct 5, 2003, we
have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation
for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his
or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate)
Postman’s work and the typographical mind. Each spring the editors
will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle
during the previous year.

The author of the chosen poem will receive $ 500.

There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send
up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed & stamped envelope
(SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604.
To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit
electronically, visit:





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