Sunday, 14 June 2015
My post on Miss Lonelyhearts nominated for Prize / Canvassing your VOTE!
I was pleased and flattered to find my post on Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts nominated for the 3QD Arts & Literature Prize 2015.
I was even more pleased that I was nominated by Tom over at the wonderful Wuthering Expectations blog.
There are 45 blog posts nominated and twenty of them will be shortlisted to be judged for the final prize by Jonathan Kramnick, Maynard Mack Professor of English at Yale University and author of two books, Making the English Canon (1999) and Actions and Objects from Hobbes to Richardson (2010), and many essays.
I am under no illusions that I will win as there are many excellent entries from many prestigious online publications. However, I would like to get to the shortlist and so I am shamelessly canvassing that readers who enjoyed the post on Miss Lonelyhearts go to the following link where they can cast a vote for me (or, I guess, someone else). The list is arranged alphabetically and so Vapour Trails is at the very bottom, No 45.
Post listing nominees with links to articles. The link you need to click to vote is at the bottom.
Here is the text a letter copied from the pages of The New York Post Dispatch.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts,
I have been blogging for years and have at times had my blog read by literally dozens of people, some of whom have even deigned to comment there. However I have never been given any award despite my desperate need for approval.
Now I've been nominated for a prize but I feel that it will only show up how nobody really likes me and the absolute dearth of talent I possess for this undertaking.
Blogging has been the activity that has given meaning to my pathetic existence for the past number of years and I am afraid that this will only bring my wavering self-esteem issues to a crisis point.
Miss Lonelyhearts, perhaps if you published my letter some of your many readers would take pity on me and vote for me at http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2015/06/vote-for-a-nominee-for-the-3qd-arts-literature-prize-2015.html
Sharing this link may save my life, or at least my blog.
Yours in abject thanks,
Blogged down by life
Editor's note: Go to the link and vote for someone else. This guy is a 24 carat loser - Shrike