May 17, 2005

The corrupt world of poetry contests

In honor of the Dartmouth English department's recent creative writing awards ceremonies, here is an altogether strange tale, from The Chronicle of Higher Education, of a man on a crusade to expose all the fraud in academia's poetry contests, and of the subsequent backlash against him. (Be forewarned, the last line of the article reads, "Everyone it seems is looking for justice -- and not the poetic kind.") Our own Bennat Berger just won an award for his short stories from Dartmouth. Bennat, what do you have to say for yourself?

4 comments:

  1. Like we all didn't know it was fixed when I won an award.

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  2. Mr. Bateman, Im surprised you didn't win, after all, our judge spent his undergraudate years at Vanderbilt where I do believe your father teaches. Id also like to add that its pretty clear that the cons are behind all this.

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  3. My dad did research at Vanderbilt, but no longer. My mom taught and did research there, but longer. Just to clarify. I'm got liberal academia coursing through my veins, it's great. But I'm also consciously avoiding grad school, at least for a while. We should have a big getting to know session on the blog, wouldn't that be swell.

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  4. And a public congrats on the award, Bennay.

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