I'm sure most of you are rather curious to know who the new
Whyville Poet Laureate is this year. I'm proud to announce, after counting all
the votes, qwert2004 has been bestowed this honor! By accepting
this position, qwert2004 must abide by all Whyville Law. Any discretions
from the standards of our community will result in a stripping of this title.
We are all certain that this will never be the case for such an outstanding
citizen as qwert2004, but in that event, the position shall be bestowed upon the
runner-up, wwwhgrl. In any case, congrats to all the finalists and
a best wishes to the 2003 Whyville Poet Laureate and the runner up!
So, you want to write for the Times?
In response to all the wonderful submissions and the requests
to write more from the community, I am delivering to you these new Times
submission rules. They apply to all Whyville citizens, even veteran
Times writers. If you have a great idea for a story, a poem, an article,
an interview, etc., all you have to do is email email@example.com. When you email your
submissions from now on, please have the following in your subject line:
<type of submission>: <author>, <title>
So, a couple examples of submission emails would look like
interview: kirbie393, Famous Times
article: TIKE, Y-Helping: What's it all about?
poem: Kiacy, As I Wander
creative writing: Darling44, The Hacker
With this format, it will be even easier for the me to
organize all the submissions and put out a great paper every week.
If you're not sure what the type is, you can use the generic "article" as
your type of submission. PLEASE do not submit other people's work!
They will not be accepted into the Times; we will only consider original work
written by the user.
Here's a final word, on plagiarism. Plagiarism
is defined at dictionary.com as "n. 1: a piece of writing that
has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work, 2:
the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your
own." It is quite illegal, and it offends me that anyone would ever do this
in Whyville. If you claim another
person's work as your own by sending it to the Times, it will be rejected, and you may be
severely punished. This includes times when you take a poem or an essay
that somebody else wrote and simply "reword" each sentence a little. I
know you can all be more original than that!
Keep thinking, writing, and challenge yourself!