A Contest-Contest

Way back in the day last April, I had a Mystery Box O’ Stuff. I still have a Mystery Box O’ Stuff, and it’s not getting any more interesting in my closet. Kat said I should have a contest, and I did – anyone who read through a godawful trivia entry saw a request for an mp3 version of “West Virginia, My Home”. Shockingly enough, no one responded.

So I’ll try again. But I still can’t think up a good contest subject. So, motley readers, the contest is this: what kind of contest should I run on my weblog?

Submit your answers in the comments, in a standard fixed verse form (including haiku). The contest will close after two weeks or when I get tired of it, whichever comes first. Limit three entries per person. Anyone may enter, but winners outside the United States will receive a smaller, lighter alternative prize, probably a postcard.


  1. Rasmus wrote:

    Hmph. If I was in the US, I’d sue you for discriminating Europeans. But then, if I was in the US, I’d be eligible for the grand prize …
    In other words: never mind. ;oP

  2. yami wrote:

    You mean the honor and glory of winning a contest *and* the thrill of fun snail mail isn’t enough for you? Such materialism!

  3. Vicki Rosenzweig wrote:

    Stretch your poetry:
    glorify the box, without
    having looked inside.

  4. James wrote:

    Oh, I have an idea! How about a Haiku Contest!?

  5. yami wrote:

    Gee, that’s a great idea! Can’t think where I might have gotten it, either. *looks innocent*

  6. Jessica wrote:

    Do I see Mr. Potato Head?
    I do see Mr. Potato Head!
    I want a Mr. Potato Head.

  7. "Grim" Tim wrote:

    you want a contest?
    confess your darkest secret
    win yourself a prize

  8. Rasmus wrote:

    Want mystery box
    Just like a Lynch movie prop
    Don’t want no postcard

  9. yami wrote:

    Twenty bucks postage
    Sigh of empty bank account
    Rasmus, send me stamps!

  10. Rasmus wrote:

    What good will stamps do?
    Depicting the Danish queen
    To send from Cali?

  11. yami wrote:

    Buy eagles online
    From USPS.gov
    No stinkin’ queens there!

  12. baltim wrote:

    grabbo mystery
    bring warmth in winter,
    surprise balitm
    hehe this was fun, obviously Ive got too much time
    on my hands.

  13. Rasmus wrote:

    Cannot buy online
    No credit card do I own
    Will not win the prize

  14. yami wrote:

    I knew the Dankort
    Would be great Denmark’s downfall
    As well as Pia

  15. yami wrote:

    … and the winner is “Grim” Tim, for being the only one to provide a sensible contest idea.
    Frankly, I’m a bit disappointed in all of you (except maybe Rasmus). I was really hoping for a sestina.

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