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Ode to a Dead Salmon Writing Contest

7-29-09

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49 Writers (www.49writers.blogspot.com), Alaska’s meeting place for writers and readers, is sponsoring a tongue-in-cheek Ode to a Dead Salmon “bad writing” contest.

The idea for the contest comes from an interview with Alaska's Writer Laureate Nancy Lord, who in response to a question about why it took a while to focus her writing on Alaska 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."

Through August 15, we’re soliciting tongue-in-cheek Odes to Dead Salmon in poetry or prose, fiction or non.  Entries can be emailed to debv@gci.net and viewed at www.AlaskanAuthors.com, with finalists to be posted at 49 Writers.  First prize is an autographed t-shirt by Ray Troll, one of Alaska’s best-loved and funniest artists.

For guidelines and details, visit http://49writers.blogspot.com/2009/07/ode-to-dead-salmon.html.

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