A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder. -- Susan Orlean

Sunday, December 14, 2014

2015 GSD/True North Writing Contest

Here it is, gang. The much anticipated Greylock Snow Day Writing Contest for 2015. Students grades K through 12 are eligible. Grand Prize winners take home an amazing $300. Two Runners Up will each earn themselves $100. We're not talking savings bonds or lottery tickets or funds that have to be used expressly for school expenses. That's straight cash, homies.

Here's what we've cooked up for you this year:

Take a popular and favorite holiday song ("Let It Snow"; "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"; "Silent Night"; "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"; etc.) and rewrite the lyrics (at least one full verse and chorus), making it all about Greylock Snow Day, snow days in general, delays, early releases, snow storms, etc. There are only two rules: 1) you have to mention Greylock Snow Day (or GSD) once; 2) it has to be clever! Feel free to collaborate--we will accept joint entries.

For example:

Jingle Bells!
Jingle Bells!
Jingle all the way...
etc.

becomes

G-S-D!
G-S-D!
GSD don't lie!...
etc.

Our example qualifies for rule 1 but for rule 2, we're not so sure. Plus, there's some bad grammar going on there--what's up with that?. We know our faithful readers can do much better!

SUBMISSIONS:

There are two ways to submit your entry this year. 1) You can write out your lyrics and email them to bdils@mgrhs.org. 2) Or--and we would prefer this method--you can make a YouTube video of your song and email the link to bdils@mgrhs.org. Whatever method you choose, make sure that in your email you include the following info:

Name(s)
School and Grade
Mailing Address

DEADLINE:

The deadline for entries is Sunday, January 4th--that gives you all vacation to work on your entry! Get to it!

1 comment:

  1. "GSD don't lie!" is arguably a sound grammatical line.

    With the simple addition of a comma (and we have noted that *ahem* GSD is not above leaving a comma or two here and there to the reader's imagination), the line becomes "GSD, don't lie!" This latter is in the imperative mood. The now-grammatically-correct line is transformed into a command, and is not only well-suited to the presumable mind-set of the anguished interlocutor who seeks certainty, but is also consistent with the line's ending punctuation ("!").

    You have been a better grammarian than you have thought, O GSD.

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