National Punctuation Day is September 24
September 23, 2011 | 10:34 am
By Paul Biba
Ebooks have punctuation too – though often riddled with typos. From the NPD site:
Entries sought for
Punctuation Paragraph Contest
PINOLE, CA — Want to be recognized by your peers as the literary genius you are? Then enter this year’s National Punctuation Day contest — the Punctuation Paragraph Contest — and your masterpiece of prose will evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges following the September 24 celebration of the annual holiday that encourages worldwide literacy.
Last year, 356 people—from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Malta, and Italy (in Italian!)—submitted more than 3,000 haikus in our Punctuation Haiku Contest. Click here to read the winning haikus.
Here are the rules for contestants competing for a box of punctuation goodies: Write one paragraph, maximum of three sentences, using these 13 punctuation marks: apostrophe, brackets, colon, comma, dash, ellipsis, exclamation point, hyphen, parentheses, period, question mark, quotation mark, and semicolon. You may use a punctuation mark more than once.
As of 11 p.m. PDT on September 22, we have 123 entries from adults, including a group from the American School of the Hague, in the Netherlands. We also have a number of entries from students at Glen Grove School (photo, below right) in Glenview, IL, and Central Private School, in Baker, LA. Thanks to teachers Dr. Jean Mahony (Glen Grove) and Penny Kinchen (Central Private School) for inspiring their students to participate. We also have an entry from a student at Patriot High School, in Riverside, CA.
Entries will be accepted at Jeff@NationalPunctuationDay.com through September 30.