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Mar 6, 2007, 8:53 AM

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Re: [maggiekate] The jig is somewhat up?

I won't call you naive...

...but let's just look at the facts, absent any whining. Six out of seven years, the workshop has awarded its first book prize to its own graduates (and in one case, a current Iowa professor!). Legitimate contests have strict rules in place to avoid this behavior. I just have to ask why, in six years out of the last seven years (not thirty years ago, when there were few writing programs), these Iowa chaps didn't win any of those other first book contests, when they are clearly so talented as to avoid your suspicion.

This contest is a good scam all-around. Grads get their books published. They get good teaching jobs. The school maintains its reputation ('Look at all our grads publishing books!"). Don't believe me, check out their ad copy.

The 'contest system' isn't corrupt. This contest is corrupt.

You want to hear real whining, talk to the only real live workshop grads I know who submitted and lost out to their Iowa peers!

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(This post was edited by Junior Maas on Mar 6, 2007, 8:59 AM)

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