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Sunday, March 21, 2010

*Issue 36.1/36.2: dandelion's 35th Un-Birthday Contest: the writing contest
that makes words do more work! (see attached poster & announcement)*


*First Prize: $350*

*Second Prize: $175*

*Third Prize: $75*

*Honourable Mentions: Swell Dandelion **gifts*

*Send us a story, essay, or poems that *relate—however tangentially—to the
idea of the un-birthday. Consider, as inspiration, the following excerpts
from Alice & Humpty Dumpty’s conversation about un-birthdays in Lewis
Carroll’s *Alice in Wonderland:*

'When *I* use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it
means just what I choose it to mean--neither more nor less.'

'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master—that's all.'…
'They've a temper, some of them-- particularly verbs, they're the
proudest—adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs however, *I* can
manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That's what *I* say!'

'When I make a word do a lot of work like that,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'I
always pay it extra.'

*Maximum length: 3000 words*, fiction & non-fiction.*3 poems (maximum of 10

*Winning entries* will be published in *dandelion.*

*Honourable mentions* will be published at

*All entries *will be considered for publication.

*Entry Fee:* $20 for the first entry (includes a 1-year subscription or
subscription extension), $5 for each additional entry.

*Mail your entry, with a cheque payable to: Dandelion Magazine **Un-Birthday
Contest, *Department of English, SS Rm 1148, University of Calgary, 2500
University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4*. *

***Include a cover letter* with these details:

Your name


Phone number

Email Address

50-75 word biography

(Your personal information is confidential & will only be used by dandelion
to contact you.)

*Entries must be postmarked by April 25th, 2010.*

*Questions? Email

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