Many English departments these days find it hard to fill classes where students are assigned Milton or Melville, and they are transforming themselves into departments of so-called cultural studies, where the students are offered the analysis of movies, television programs, and popular music.
Neither has any faculty member. The writers featured below submitted an outstanding essay for the monthly writing contest that was deemed "the best" by the Stage of Life Editorial team.
The next round of the Bad Writing Contest, prizes to be announced, is now open with a deadline of September 30, The strange sounds, and unpleasant smells, emanating from outside made him yearn to stay, but he knew he must leave home, make his elders proud, and set a good example for his younger siblings; so with one last determined push, Scotchy the tapeworm emerged into the wider world.
Luke, and the article is entitled, "Museum Pieces: No translations into English allowed, and the entries had to be nonironic: The writer is Professor Rob Wilson: That these scholars must know what they are doing is indicated by the fact that the winning entries were all published by distinguished presses and academic journals.
The first prize goes to a sentence by the distinguished scholar Fredric Jameson, a man who on the evidence of his many admired books finds it difficult to write intelligibly and impossible to write well.
To this end, I must underline the phallicism endemic to the dialectics of penetration routinely deployed in descriptions of pictorial space and the operations of spectatorship. The next round of the Bad Writing Contest, results to be announced inis now open with a deadline of December 31, Roden says it is "good of Jameson to let readers know so soon what they're up against.
Then send me your work. The next round of the Bad Writing Contest, results to be announced inis now open with a deadline of December 31, She found a grand sentence in an essay by Stephen T. Neither has any faculty member. Email your version to me in British, Canadian, or American Englishand please permit me to publish your work on this site if it is among the top five.
Up to five prizes will be awarded. Together with the previous winners, it proves that was to bad prose what was to good music. Entries must be non-ironic, from actual serious academic journals or books-parodies cannot be admitted in a field where unintentional self-parody is so rampant.
The Bad Writing Contest attempts to locate the ugliest, most stylistically awful passage found in a scholarly book or article published in the last few years. If reading Fredric Jameson is like swimming through cold porridge, there are writers who strive for incoherence of a more bombastic kind.
Ordinary journalism, fiction, etc. This is the real exteriority of the absolute outside: It made me smile. Graduate students and young scholars please pay attention: In the business world, such letters may be used to announce a new policy, change in management, financial summaries for investors, grand sale, or actions against a customer due to nonpayment.
Devaney calls this book "absolutely, unequivocally incomprehensible. Winners Announced Feel free to copy this announcement elsewhere on the internet. Unfortunately, as the popularity of the free writing contest grew, it became too much for the small Stage of Life to manage.
This is the real exteriority of the absolute outside: In fact, if they weren't published, we wouldn't have them for our contest. It's a sentence from Making Monstrous: You will find the links to winning essays of our monthly story and writing contests on this page, along with a link to our exclusive teen trend reports - a comprehensive summary containing the statistics and essays for each teen writing prompt.
If the writer had formatted the content clearly and simply, this excerpt from a job announcement would have been easy to skim for key information. Obscurity, after all, can be a notable achievement.
He writes in The Location of Culture Routledge, But Bloom now understood this cognitive map of interchangeable organic wholes to be criticism's repression of poetry's will to overcome time's anteriority.
The visual is essentially pornographic, which is to say that it has its end in rapt, mindless fascination; thinking about its attributes becomes an adjunct to that, if it is unwilling to betray its object; while the most austere films necessarily draw their energy from the attempt to repress their own excess rather than from the more thankless effort to discipline the viewer.
It's from an article by Professor Anna C.
The reader may be baffled, but then any author who thinks visual experience is essentially pornographic suffers confusions no lessons in English composition are going to fix.
These are your role models.National's Bad and Good Business Writing. This week I received an email from National Car Rental. The email's subject, "Lynn, we've updated our terms and conditions" caught my attention, as did the heading "IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR EMERALD CLUB MEMBERSHIP." I described National's first communication as.
The Bad Writing Contest attempts to locate the ugliest, most stylistically awful passage found in a scholarly book or article published in the last few years. Ordinary journalism, fiction, etc. are not eligible, nor are parodies: entries must be non-ironic, from actual serious academic journals or books.
Since the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest has challenged man, woman, and (precocious) child to write an atrocious opening sentence to a hypothetical bad novel. Intrigued? Read all about it. Congratulations to all of our contest winners!
If you are wondering how to get in on the action, our contests are for members-only. If you are interested in participating, please join Writing Bad today!.
CONTEST WINNERS. The Philosophy and Literature Bad Writing Contest ran from to For an essay giving background on the contest, click here. We are pleased to announce winners of the fourth Bad Writing Contest, sponsored by the scholarly journal Philosophy and Literature.
The contest is to produce the best edited version of the sentence. The prize is a copy of my guide, 60 Quick Word Fixes. The guide explains and illustrates 60 confusing word pairs such as affect/effect, bad/badly, complement/compliment, and comprise/compose.Download