The HTMLGIANT 20 Under 40 Pick ‘Em Contest

Posted by @ 9:55 am on May 21st, 2010

Last week The New York Observer reported that on June 7th The New Yorker will name the top twenty American writers under forty, and we’d like to celebrate this really incredibly important event in the history of American letters by running a free March Madness-style Pick ‘Em contest for you HTMLGIANT readers. If you’d like to enter, all you have to do is email to htmlgiant [at] htmlgiant [dot] com your list of the twenty authors you think The New Yorker will select as “the key writers of this generation.” Then we all wait with baited breath until The New Yorker publishes their list! The top three entrants who have the most picks that correctly match the names on The New Yorker list will each receive a prize package. Should you wish to pay an ‘entry fee,’ please consider making a donation to any of the presses/publishers/people who have put up swag for the prize package; however, there is no requirement for an entry fee.

Details after the jump.

Deadline for this contest is 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 1st. We will only consider entries via email; any entries in the comments section will be ignored. Shit-talking in the comment section, however, is encouraged. If The New Yorker staff announces the list before we expect it, or if the list is leaked beforehand, then we can only fairly honor those entries that come in before that time. Point tally ties will be broken according to which list was received earliest. This contest is open to everyone; however, because most of the prizes come from within the United States, out-of-towners will have to risk figuring out international shipping arrangements on their own dime. Sorry! We can work it out somehow!

Many thanks to the people/presses/magazines who have donated prizes; if you want to add something, you’re welcome to contact us via email or ask away in the comments section.

The prizes, which we’ve jumbled into three prize packages from which the winner and two runners-up will choose, include the following:

Package 1

Pigafetta is My Wife by Joe Hall (Black Ocean)
Firework by Eugene Marten (Tyrant Books)
1 year subscription to New York Tyrant
Baby Leg by Brian Evenson (Tyrant Books)
1 issue of The Lifted Brow
Bird Any Damn Kind by Lucas Farrell (Caketrain)
Ghost Machine by Ben Mirov (Caketrain)
Light Boxes by Shane Jones (Penguin)
The Failure Six by Shane Jones (Fugue State Press)
During My Nervous Breakdown I Want To Have A Biographer Present by Brandon Scott Gorrell (Muumuu House)
Shoplifting From American Apparel by Tao Lin (Melville House Publishing)
Bed by Tao Lin (Melville House Publishing)

Package 2

Pigafetta is My Wife by Joe Hall (Black Ocean)
God Damsel by Reb Livingston (NoTell Books)
PERSONATIONSKIN by Karl Parker (NoTell Books)
$50 to
An Island of Fifty by Ben Brooks (mlpress)
The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto by Bernard DeVeto (Tin House Books)
Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia edited by Mikhail Iossel and Jeff Parker (Tin House Books)
OK, Goodnight by Emily Kendal Frey and Zachary Schomburg (Future Tense Books)
Put Your Head In My Lap by Claudia Smith (Future Tense Books)
1 year subscription to NANO Fiction
latest print issue of Juked

Package 3

The Fires by Nick Antosca (Impetus Press)
Midnight Picnic by Nick Antosca (Word Riot)
1 year subscription to Barrelhouse
Mr. T In Your Pocket keychain
Tin House issues 40 and 42
Ugly Man by Dennis Cooper (Harper Perennial)
World Takes by Tim Waldron (Word Riot)
The Drunk Sonnets by Daniel Bailey (Magic Helicopter Press)
We Were Eternal and Gigantic by Evelyn Hampton (Magic Helicopter Press)
Less Shiny by Mary Miller (Magic Helicopter Press)
1 issue of Artifice Magazine
5.5″ by 3.5″ lined Moleskine

Bonus Prize Package

Publishing Genius will send to the worst entry books from the six writers who are 40 and up in the PG catalog.

If you have any questions, let us know.

(detail illustration from Animal Acts by Helen Eady)

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