Keep your browser open to http://twitter.com/search/grammarday so you can keep up with the wonderful haiku from the National Grammar Day Tweeted Haiku Contest. Friday is National Grammar Day (check out the website), and the haiku contest deadline is 10 EST Thursday night.
If you wish to enter, post your grammar-themed haiku on Twitter and include the hashtag #grammarday. Separate lines with commas or slashes.
The top prize is a copy of “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing,” by National Grammar Day host Mignon Fogarty, and your choice of a t-shirt or mug with my favorite piece of writing advice at my new Café Press shop:www.cafepress.com/EditorMark.
The winners will be announced the afternoon of March 4, National Grammar Day.
The initial screening team, consisting of a freelance copy editor, an educational policy expert, a university English major, and a high school scholar and musician, will collect all haiku tweeted with the hashtag and cull the list down to the top 10 or 12 entries. Entries will be judged according to how well they fit the theme and how much they look like a haiku.
After the initial screening, a panel of expert judges will independently rank the finalists. The winner will be announced on Twitter, on the National Grammar Day website and on this blog.
Contest judges are:
- Jag Bhalla, author of “I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears” and researcher into the less logical aspects of life and language.
- Erin Brenner, blogger, freelance editor at Right Touch Editing, and editor atCopyediting newsletter.
- Martha Brockenbrough, founder of National Grammar Day and the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, and author of “Things That Make Us (Sic).”
- GRAMMARHULK, editor, tweeter and lover of ALL CAPS who smashes poor usage choices but promises a delicate approach to sorting haiku.
- Erin McKean, founder of Wordnik, the online compendium of all the words, and author of “The Secret Lives of Dresses.”
- Amy Reynaldo, freelance editor, crossword blogger, and author of “How to Conquer the New York Times Crossword Puzzle.”