Writing contest for a great children’s book on squids.


Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I happen to be the editor of a webzine known as the Science Creative Quarterly. Anyway, it’s sort of an eccentric science writing site, known particularly for it’s subject reviews as well as literary science humour (and currenty attracts a readership of about 10,000 per day).

Anyway, today, we’re announcing a small writing contest, where the prize happens to be a children’s book (this is our third book in as many months). The details are as follows. Hope some of you might have a hankering for squid books as well as bookstore giftcards.

Details reprinted from the SCQ and presented below:

O.K. so we’re waaay behind on sorting out the Bill Hick, Science Prick contest, but figure that the best way to deal with that is to simply host another writing contest. This time, the book on the line is “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean!” by Kevin Sherry.

This book is great by the way, and this appears regardless of the fondness many people have for squids.

This time we’ll take any kind of submission. Just send some stuff in – because essentially the thing we like the best, is the thing that will make us send this book in thanks. Oh, and if you’re not sold yet, let us also tell you that this book comes with bath stickies. That’s right, bath stickies! In fact, we at the Science Creative Quarterly wonder if this may be the first time in literary history that a writing contest has been hosted where bath stickies are to be won.

Anyway, submissions can be sent to tscq@interchange.ubc.ca, and the deadline for all of this fun is December 13th, 2007 (which happens to be the same date as our iPod giveaway – don’t forget to link to the truth to enter that one).

Good luck!

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and boingboing.net. He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at popperfont.net.

4 Responses to “Writing contest for a great children’s book on squids.”

  1. Homie Bear

    So- do you want stories about squids? Because I love writing stories about squids and other cephalopods.

  2. David Ng

    Anything will do. Squid stories, non-squid stories. Squid vs non-squid stories.

  3. Homie Bear

    Oh man I’m having some fun with this one. Can you tell me the name of the building on the UBC campus where squids would be studied in a laboratory setting?

  4. David Ng

    I’m going to guess that the Biological Sciences Building, although there are animal facilities that are a little off site from central campus.

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