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You have only until March 15 to submit your pet-related persuasive essay to the Petlitzer Prize. Click the link for Round 3 of the contest above for all the rules and info.

Submit your persuasive pet-related essays SOON! The deadline for this round of the Petlitzer Prize Contest is March 15! Click on the link above for all the lowdown.

Tune in live online at 2:30 MT/3:30 Central (note time change) at Dog Works Radio with hosts Dr. Robert Forto and his wife Michelle to hear the winning stories from Round 2 of the Petlitzer Prize contest. This episode will also be available soon in archived podcast form both on the Dog Works site and on this blog on the “Listen to Radio Interviews” link above.

If you had wanted to hear one of my radio interviews but missed them when they were live, fear not! You can still hear them via podcast. Click on the Radio Interviews link above to access them.

So sorry folks for my calendar snafu. The reading of the Petlitzer Prize short stories on Dog Works blog talk radio will take place on Friday, Feb. 11 (not the 4th as previously indicated). Oopsie. Same bat-time, same bat-blogtalkradiosite. (If you’re old enough, you may have caught that allusion to the original “Batman” series.)

I will be reading the winning entries of the Petlitzer Prize contest on Friday, February 4 at 2:30 p.m. Central time. Listen in live or catch the Dog Works blog talk radio show (with hosts Dr. Robert Forto and his wife Michelle) online.

The submissions for the short story and poetry rounds of the Petlitzer Prize contest were so terrific, we knew we couldn’t stop there. Our latest challenge to you creative writers out there is to write a persuasive essay on a topic related to pets (or animals in general). Read on for the specific rules for this round and, beyond that, the general rules for all Petlitzer Prize entries. The deadline for submission of your essay is March 15, 2011. Winners will be announced by March 30 and promoted in several ways, as described below. Please entice all your friends who love to passionately, yet logically, express their opinions about animal-related topics to submit their work to us soon!—Sid

Guidelines for Round 3—Pet-related Persuasive Essays:

Get out your soap boxes! For this round of the competition, we want you to take a stand on some pet-related topic and write an essay meant to persuade a general audience to your point of view. Think of these as sort of “Letters to the Editor.” Controversial topics are OK as long as your arguments are sound and based in logic. (No lapsing into profanity and/or name-calling.) Don’t assume everyone automatically accepts your premise. Instead, write as though you’re persuading someone who likely doesn’t agree with you. Supporting your argument with facts when possible can be a plus.

Some hypothetical questions to get you thinking are:

• Do you have a plan to reduce the number of feral cats/stray dogs in your area?

• Do you support rescue over breeding, or vice versa?

Are vets over-vaccinating our pets, or, conversely, are vaccines vital to our pets’     health?

What is your stance on the designer dog phenomenon?

Should you feed your dogs a raw food diet?

Should animal blessings be sanctioned by the Church?

Should there be pet funeral homes, and if so, should they be located within humans’ funeral homes or kept separate?

Should more businesses and public transportation allow pets, as they do in European countries? etc., etc. etc.

You get the idea. (Note: You are NOT limited to one of these topics, although you’re welcome to write about any one of them if you wish.)

Please keep the length within 500 words. Going over will result in your submission being sent back to you for editing.

Tell all your animal-loving friends about this contest. We want to be flooded with wonderful submissions!—Sid

Here are some basic ground rules for Petlitzer Prize entries in any or all categories:

1. You must be the author of the piece. Plagiarism is an absolute no no!

2. Entries should not have been previously published in book form (on your own blog is fine) as of the date you submitted it. Meaning that if you get it snatched up by Random House the week after you send it to me, you’re still qualified for this prestigious contest—and congratulations! :)

3. For Round 3, I must receive your entry by March 15, 2011. A winner will be chosen and posted by no later than March 30. (I and a panel of pet experts, including but not limited to Dr. Robert and Michelle Forto, dog trainers and co-hosts of popular Dog Works Blog Talk Radio show, will be  judging the submissions.)

4. Please be sure to have a second pair of eyes proofread your entries well. Grievous typos/grammar gaffs will most likely disqualify you.

5. You may only enter one piece in any given round, but you may enter a different single piece in every subsequent category throughout the year. New categories will be posted shortly after the after the previous round’s deadline is reached.

6. Winners (First, Second, Third  and/or Honorable Mention, depending on the number and quality of submissions) will receive a certificate of achievement for their efforts and have their work posted on my blog, Facebook fan page, Twitter, etc. (As well as on the Dog Doctor’s sites.) If you have a website, please be sure to submit your URL to be directly linked from my blog in case you win.

7. Winners may also have their works (or excerpts from them) read live on Dr. Robert Forto’s very popular Blog Talk Radio show Dog Works. (Air dates will be announced in advance.)

8. No pornography whatsoever will be allowed. Nor will pieces depicting gratuitous violence toward animals (except for the purpose of decrying such acts or as truly salient parts of a story’s plot). I have the final say as to whether entries will be accepted. People of all ages and walks of life may be seeing or hearing these, so the work must be acceptable for a general audience.

9. Send your submission in a Word doc or pasted directly into an email with Petlitzer Prize Entry in the subject line, along with your full name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and a short (sentence or two) bio about yourself if you wish, to me at <goodgriefpetloss@gmail.com>. I will forward only your actual submitted story with your name to my fellow judges. None of your contact information will be shared without your express permission. They’re only so I can notify you of who won the contest and/or to mail you your certificate.

Please listen in tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at 4 p.m. Central time for host Nadia Giordana’s terrific blog talk radio show, “Interviews with Extraordinary Women.” In this interview, I’ll be attempting to explain my clearly eccentric approach to life, work and happiness. Call in with questions and join the fun, or give a listen to the show at a later time in its archived version. (I’ll post this soon on this blog’s Radio Interviews page.)

Nadia’s description of the show follows:

 

Nadia Giordana

 

Actress Sid Korpi on “Attack of the Moon Zombies” and Other Stuff

My guest today is the multitalented, Sid Korpi. We’ll be talking about all the interesting things she’s done in her life. Among them: English teacher, Journalist/freelance writer, Prize-winning novelist, co-author of a book on Reflexology, Jewelry designer, Actor/member of a comedy troupe, Game inventor, Aerobics/fitness instructor, Singer with an early jazz band/band, Halloween party mogul—Morticia Stewart’s Party Kits, Murder mystery dinner theater playwright/actor/host and more. We’ll find out which of those hats shes wearing most often these days, and where you can see her public performances.

Please listen and/or call in to Nadia Giordana’s Blog Talk Radio interview with me and Jenny Pavlovic, author of the award-winning book “8 State Hurricane Kate” and “Not Without My Dog Resource and Record Book” today at 4 p.m. Central. We’ll be discussing pet loss and pet rescue, respectively. If you miss it, the show will be available in archived form indefinitely thereafter and will be posted on my Radio Interviews page on this site‘s blog.

Jenny Pavlovic and her awesome dogs

Click this link to read about Jenny’s mysterious lab coat as it relates to Christopher R. Mihm’s B-movie “Attack of the Moon Zombies” (trust me, it’s cool!)

Hello all,

For quite a while, I’ve wanted to start a friendly contest for those who write pet-related literature and call it the “Petlitzer Prize” (kind of an all-companion-animal-focused Pulitzer Prize). I was recently a reader at the Dog Days of Stockholm in Stockholm, Wisconsin, and was very impressed by several of the pieces read by other authors there. In fact, I asked the evening’s emcee, Peter Hautman, to allow me to reproduce his charming poem “A Note from the Dog,” to get things started (posted below). For this first round, I will have entries be strictly pet-related poetry, but in the future, other forms of fiction and nonfiction will be the categories in turn—such as short stories, news articles, blogs, children’s lit, humor, bumper stickers phrases, etc.

Here are some basic ground rules for Petlitzer Prize entries in any or all categories:

1. You must be the author of the piece. Plagiarism is an absolute no no!

2. Entries should not have been previously published in book form (on your own blog is fine) as of the date you submitted it. Meaning that if you get it snatched up by Random House the week after you send it to me, you’re still qualified for this prestigious contest—and congratulations! 🙂

3. For Round 1, I must receive your entry by October 15, 2010. A winner will be chosen and posted by no later than Halloween. (In the future, there may be readers’ choice contests wherein readers may vote for their favorite pieces. For this first round, however, I will be the sole judge.)

4. Please be sure to have a second pair of eyes proofread your entries well. Grievous typos/grammar gaffs will most likely disqualify you.

5. You may only enter one piece in any given round, but you may enter a different single piece in every subsequent category throughout the year. New categories will be posted shortly after the after the deadline is reached.

6. Winners (First, Second and/or Honorable Mention, depending on the number and quality of submissions) will receive a certificate of achievement for their efforts and have their work posted on my blog, Facebook fan page, Twitter, etc. If you have a website, please be sure to submit your URL to be directly linked from my blog in case you win.

7. Winners may also have their works (or excerpts from them) read live on Dr. Robert Forto’s very popular Blog Talk Radio show “The Dog Doctor.” (Air dates will be announced in advance.)

8. No pornography whatsoever will be allowed. Nor will pieces depicting gratuitous violence toward animals (except for the purpose of decrying such acts or as truly salient parts of a story’s plot). I have the final say as to whether entries will be accepted. People of all ages and walks of life may be seeing or hearing these, so the work must be acceptable for a general audience.

9. Send your submission in a Word doc or pasted directly into an email with Petlitzer Prize Entry in the subject line, along with your full name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and a short (sentence or two) bio about yourself if you wish, to me at <goodgriefpetloss@gmail.com>. None of your contact information will be shared without your express permission. They’re only so I can notify you of who won the contest and/or to mail you your certificate.

Guidelines for Round 1—Pet-related Poetry:

You may submit any form of poem (rhyming, free verse, limerick, haiku, etc.) as long as it pertains to companion animals and/or the human-animal bond. Poems may be of humorous or serious nature. Please keep length to no more than two pages.

Tell all your animal-loving friends about this contest. I want to be flooded with wonderful submissions!—Sid

Here’s the inaugural Petlizer Prize submission:

A Note From the Dog

When the freezer died
And the meat had to be eaten quickly
I was happy.

When you lost your job
And stayed home all day
I was overjoyed.

When you had your cardiac event
And the doctor told you to go for a walk every single day
I was ecstatic.

How would you live without me?

– Pete Hautman

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