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The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) is holding its annual column contest. Yummy bait...yummy bait...BITE!
The contest is open to anyone who wrote a regular column in a daily, weekly or monthly newspaper (or its online equivalent) in the United States in 2004. If that describes any of you out there, I encourage you to enter (it's $20 per entry for members or $40 for non-members). The complete rules can be found at the NSNC site linked above. The deadline is March 15.
Each $20 entry allows for the submission of three columns. I just looked in my wallet, and its contents look to bring my submission total to...three columns. Further helping me narrow down my choices is the NSNC's expansive category listing:
A) General Interest
I decided I'm going to go out on a limb and go with "humor." My editor told me that I was funny once, but I think he was just trying to humor me (rimshot!). With that in mind, I've chosen to submit the following three columns for their consideration:
Your Guide to an Empty Stomach (1/21/04)
I Saw the Future (and Ran Back!) (6/9/04)
What I Learned from a Loser (9/8/04)
The entry form says that winners will be notified by May 15. If I win the big $300 prize (or the $200 or $100 runner-up purses), then you will know firsthand just how far the profession has fallen. Winning also greatly increases my odds that I will be able to afford the trip to the NSNC convention in Grapevine, Texas, to receive the honor. Whoo-hoo! Oh yeah, and there's also the chance for top columnist connections and whatnot. A great idea if you're into that sort of thing.