Call for Odes to Dead Salmon!

in full swing, the fish are running, and you know what that means: our hugely
popular “Ode to a Dead Salmon” bad writing contest is back. Take a look at last year’s finalists, sharpen your pencils and follow that smell. We want your
best worst writing, submitted to by July
31, 2012
. This year sees the return of loyal judges Nancy Lord, Bill
Sherwonit, and Ray Troll, so give ‘em your best.
The idea
for the contest came originally from our 2008 interview with Nancy Lord. When Andromeda asked why she didn’t write immediately about
her Alaskan experiences, Nancy 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.”
Since the
contest was first launched, bad writing has streamed in from all over the
world. We posted it all and let our readers vote. Past winners have garnered some
great press, including a write-up in Alaska
We want
your best tongue-in-cheek “Ode to a Dead Salmon” bad Alaskan writing,
poetry or prose, fiction or non. We’ll publish all entries at our Ode to a Dead Salmon webpage so the world can read them, and we’ll post the
finalists here at 49 Writers. And yes, famed and fishy Alaskan artist Ray Troll has
once again offered an autographed T-shirt of choice to our winner. But the main
goal, of course, is to have fun.
Entries must conform
to our editorial policy.
We need your real name
and real email address. If you want your entry to be posted under a pseudonym
or left anonymous, make that clear in your email.
No more than three
entries per person.
No more than 800 words
per entry (shorter is just fine with us: limerick, haiku, opening lines).
Entries must be your
own original work.
You keep the copyright
but by entering you’re giving us permission to post.
This is our contest.
We make the rules (that’s the beauty of blogging, folks), and the rules may
change as we see fit. We’ll let you know if they do.
Entries must be
emailed to by midnight on July

2 thoughts on “Call for Odes to Dead Salmon!”

  1. Wonderful! Do you guys mind if I re-post this over on my blog, "Hooked"? I worry too many people don't actually click on the links. SO eager to see this year's submissions!

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