Geist Earuse Poetry Contest
Write poetry with your eraser!
How it works:
1. Copy the pasÂsage from Susanna Moodieâ€™s Roughing It in the Bush, posted below, into your word procesÂsor. This is your Erasure Text.
2. Erase! The leftÂover words and letÂters will form your poem. (Do this any way you like.)
3. The only rule is do not change the order of words or letÂters. You can comÂbine leftÂover words and letÂters howÂever you see fit, just as long as they appear in the same order as in the origÂiÂnal text.
4. Shape the text howÂever you like. Or, leave it as is. Add puncÂtuÂaÂtion and capÂiÂtalÂizaÂtion if the spirit moves you.
5. Print your entry and send it to us. There is no word limit.
For a great examÂple of an eraÂsure poem, see Readme Doc by Gregory Betts, pubÂlished in Geist 77.
First Prize: Geist Erasure Trophy and $500
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $100
Honourable Mentions: Swell Geist gifts
All winÂning entries will be pubÂlished in Geist and at geist.com.
More than one prize per catÂeÂgory may be awarded.
Deadline: July 1, 2011
How to Submit:
Send your poem, with a cover letÂter and $20 entry fee (includes a one-year subÂscripÂtion to Geist), to:
Geist Erasure Contest
#210â€‰â€‰â€”â€‰â€‰111 West Hastings St.
The Erasure Text:
From: Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
Scarcely a week passed away withÂout my being visÂited by the dark strangers; and as my husÂband never allowed them to eat with the serÂvants (who viewed them with the same horÂror that Mrs. Dâ€” did black Mollineux), but brought them to his own table, they soon grew friendly and comÂmuÂnicaÂtive, and would point to every object that attracted their attenÂtion, askÂing a thouÂsand quesÂtions as to its use, the mateÂrÂial of which it was made, and if we were inclined to exchange it for their commodities?
With a large map of Canada, they were infiÂnitely delighted. In a moment they recogÂnised every bay and headÂland in Ontario, and almost screamed with delight when, folÂlowÂing the course of the Trent with their finÂgers, they came to their own lake.
How eagerly each pointed out the spot to his felÂlows; how intently their black heads were bent down, and their dark eyes fixed upon the map. What strange, uncouth exclaÂmaÂtions of surÂprise burst from their lips as they rapidly repeated the Indian names for every lake and river on this wonÂderÂful piece of paper.
The old chief, Peter Nogan, begged hard for the covÂeted treaÂsure. He would give â€śCanoe, veniÂson, duck, fish, for it; and more by-and-by.â€ť
I felt sorry that I was unable to gratÂify his wishes; but the map had cost upwards of six dolÂlars, and was daily conÂsulted by my husÂband, in refÂerÂence to the names and sitÂuÂaÂtions of localÂiÂties in the neighbourhood.
I had in my posÂsesÂsion a curiÂous Japanese sword, which had been given to me by an uncle of Tom Wilsonâ€™sâ€”a strange gift to a young lady; but it was on account of its curiosÂity, and had no refÂerÂence to my warÂlike propenÂsiÂties. This sword was broad, and three-sided in the blade, and in shape resemÂbled a movÂing snake. The hilt was formed of a hideous carved image of one of their war-gods; and a more villainous-looking wretch was never conÂceived by the most disÂtorted imagÂiÂnaÂtion. He was repÂreÂsented in a sitÂting attiÂtude, the eagleâ€™s claws, that formed his hands, restÂing upon his knees; his legs terÂmiÂnated in lionsâ€™ paws; and his face was a strange comÂpound of beast and birdâ€”the upper part of his perÂson being covÂered with feathÂers, the lower with long, shaggy hair. The case of this awful weapon was made of wood, and, in spite of its serÂpenÂtine form, fitÂted it exactly. No trace of a join could be found in this scabÂbard, which was of hard wood, and highly polished.
One of my Indian friends found this sword lying upon the bookÂshelf, and he hurÂried to comÂmuÂniÂcate the imporÂtant disÂcovÂery to his comÂpanÂions. Moodie was absent, and they brought it to me to demand an explaÂnaÂtion of the figÂure that formed the hilt.
I told them that it was a weapon that belonged to a very fierce peoÂple who lived in the east, far over the Great Salt Lake; that they were not Christians as we were, but said their prayers to images made of silÂver, and gold, and ivory, and wood, and that this was one of them; that before they went into batÂtle they said their prayers to that hideous thing, which they had made with their own hands.
The Indians were highly amused by this relaÂtion, and passed the sword from one to the other, exclaimÂing, â€śA god!â€”Owgh!â€”A god!â€ť
But, in spite of these outÂward demonÂstraÂtions of conÂtempt, I was sorry to perÂceive that this cirÂcumÂstance gave the weapon a great value, in their eyes, and they regarded it with a sort of mysÂteÂriÂous awe.
For sevÂeral days they conÂtinÂued to visit the house, bringÂing along with them some fresh comÂpanÂion to look at Mrs. Moodieâ€™s god!â€”until, vexed and annoyed by the delight they manÂiÂfested at the sight of the eagle-beaked monÂster, I refused to gratÂify their curiosÂity, by not proÂducÂing him again.
Excerpt from the chapÂter â€śThe Wilderness, and our Indian Friendsâ€ť (pages 299â€‰â€“â€‰301, hardÂcover ediÂtion pubÂlished by Carleton University, 1988 )
A Midsummer Tale
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The theme of the 2011 A Midsummer Tale writing contest is: water fire earth air. You may use one or more of these elements, literally and/or metaphorically.
Length: 1,000 words minimum; 5,000 words maximum.
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Entries are blind-judged by Beaver. Decisions are final. Winners are announced July 31.
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World Population Approaches 7 Billion Writing Contest
Welcome to the Helium, Population Services International (PSI) and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reportingâ€™s â€śWorld population Approaches 7 Billionâ€ť contest. This is a special opportunity for anyone to write on issues related to world population. Helium members who are passionate about global health or independent international journalism are encouraged to join both of these important nonprofit organizations.
PSI and Pulitzer Center have partnered with Helium to connect writers concerned with population issues. This contest provides an opportunity for people passionate about the issue of world population to learn from each other and address concerns regarding the issue in a friendly, competitive and exciting event.
To learn more about the sponsors, visit the contest announcment page.
How the contest works:
This contest consists of four titles with a two-week submission period. Please submit magazine-style articles between 400 and 500 words in length. The best articles will utilize and cite relevant data and statistics.
Submission dates: Wednesday, June 8, at 00:00:01 GMT to Tuesday, June 21, at 23:59 GMT. For current GMT time, click HERE
Awaiting calculation dates: After the submission period, an additional week is provided for article rating to reach community consensus. All titles in the contest are closed to further submissions and Leapfrogs during this time. (Your articleâ€™s rank may fluctuate wildly or hardly move.)
Winners: The winners of the contest on this page will be displayed on the leaderboard on Wednesday, June 29. In the case of a tie in this contest, a panel will be assembled to determine the winners. Read more about winner selection and contest points on the Contest Rules page.
Completed contest: Once the contest is closed and the results have been displayed on the leaderboard, the four top-ranked articles on each title will be reviewed by a panel of judges from PSI and Pulitzer Center. The panel will determine the winning article which will be published in the September issue of Impact, PSIâ€™s quarterly print magazine. The top-ranked article from each title will be published on PSIâ€™s Healthy Lives blog.
The winning article will be announced on this page and the contest announcement page, as well as on PSI and Pulitzerâ€™s websites.
Titles The four titles for the contest are listed below.
1 Apple iPad
1 Velocity Micro
How to earn points:
5 points - over 95th percentile
4 points - over 85th percentile
3 points - over 75th percentile
2 points - over 65th percentile
1 points - over 55th percentile
0 points - over 45th percentile
-1 points - over 35th percentile
-2 points - over 25th percentile
-3 points - over 15th percentile
-4 points - over 5th percentile
-5 points - 0- 5th percentile
Be sure to read a copy of Heliumâ€™s Writing Standards before you enter the contest.
Helium Writing Contest Rules
The Helium Writing Contest (the â€śContestâ€ť) is offered by Helium, Inc. (â€śHeliumâ€ť) to residents of countries where such contests are allowed by the laws of those countries (excluding residents of the Province of Quebec, Canada; Cuba; Iran; Iraq; Libya; North Korea; Spain; Sudan; and Syria). By entering the Contest, you accept sole responsibility for determining whether your participation is legal in any jurisdiction that applies to you. Participants must be of the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence and have an active email account and Internet access at the time of entry. Employees and directors of Helium, its advertising and promotion agencies, the Contest judges and its legal advisors, and the immediate family (parent, child, sibling and spouse of each) or members of the households of such employees and directors (those who have lived in the same household for at least three of the 12 months preceding the applicable Contest Period) are not eligible. By entering, you agree to these â€śOfficial Rulesâ€ť and that the decisions of Helium are final and binding in all respects.
Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
2. CONTEST PERIOD
Helium may have multiple Contests running simultaneously. Each Contest has an individual begin and end time, which will be shown on each Contestâ€™s separate page.
If you are already a registered contributor to the Helium Website, you will have the option of entering the Contest when you first sign in to the Website using your membership account after 12:00:00 p.m. EST on March 5, 2008.
To enter the Contest, your computer must accept cookies, or any successor or similar technology, so that Helium is able to track your entries in the Contest.
Each time you access the Website you may access the list of article titles that are available for use in the Contest (â€śContest Article Titlesâ€ť). You may submit only one article for any Contest Article Title per Contest Period, but you may submit articles to more than one Contest Article Title per Contest Period. Each article submission (â€śSubmissionâ€ť) is considered an entry in the contest. A Leapfrog Article does not count as an extra Submission to the Article Title.
All Submissions are subject to the submission requirements as stated in the Helium User Agreement.
Entrants may not enter with multiple emails and/or multiple identities nor may entrants use any automated entry mechanism or artifice to obtain more than the maximum number of entries. Any entrant who attempts to participate with multiple emails and/or multiple identities or uses any device or artifice to obtain more than the maximum number of entries will be disqualified.
4. WINNER SELECTION
Winners will be given a score based upon the rating his/her Entry receives during the Contest Period for all eligible entries submitted. The total score from each entry you submit in a Contest Period will be combined to provide you with a total score for the Contest Period. The winners will be the entrants with the highest total scores from all eligible entries for the Contest Period. In the event of a tie between earning positions, the winnings are combined then divided equally among contestants. (Ex.: A two-way tie for first place results in the earnings for first and second places combined and divided equally among the tied contestants). When there is a tie in the last earning position, the prize money is divided equally among each tied contestant. (Ex.: In a contest with prizes for first, second, third and fourth places only, a three-way tie for fourth place results in the fourth-place prize being split three ways.) Display of tied position is random.
A Few Words About Contest Points
Points are awarded for articles rated in the top 55% for each titleâ€”the higher your rank, the more points you earn. But watch out: Youâ€™ll get negative points for articles ranked by your peers in the lower 45%.
New articles will not earn or lose points until the community rates the article against others in a title.
Ties in rank can occur. These ties are not displayed as a tie on the site. To illustrate, consider a tie in ranking when there are only two articles to a title. Itâ€™s possible that neither one will earn points because they are both at the 50th percentile even though one is displayed above the other.
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Winners will be posted on leaderboards on each Contest page. All prizes will be paid as a lump sum deposit to the winnersâ€™ Helium accounts after verification of winning status. It is a winnerâ€™s sole responsibility to redeem the prize amount deposited in the applicable Helium account. All potential winners are subject to verification at Heliumâ€™s sole discretion. No assignment, transfer or substitution of any prize is permitted. All prizes are expressed in U.S. Dollars. By accepting a prize, Contest winners agree that their name and likeness may be used for advertising and promotional purposes in Heliumâ€™s discretion in any and all media now known or hereinafter developed without territorial or time limitations. Limit one prize per Helium account per Contest.
Taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of winner.
6. GENERAL CONDITIONS
Helium reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or the Website; to be in violation of the User Agreement of the Website; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, as determined by Helium at its sole discretion.
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As a condition of participating in this Contest, you agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, or the determination of the Winner shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action exclusively by arbitration pursuant to the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, then effective. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will you be permitted to obtain awards for, and you hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneysâ€™ fees, other than your actual out-of- pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Contest), and you further waive all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or your rights and obligations Heliumâ€™s rights and obligations in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, U.S.A., without giving effect to the conflict of laws rules thereof, and you agree to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts for Andover, Massachusetts for any disputes relating to the Contest or these Official Rules.
In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any winner based on an e-mail address, the winning entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. â€śAuthorized account holderâ€ť is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e- mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
9. WINNERS LIST
The names of the Weekly Contest winners will also be posted at Contest List.
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