In it, to Win it!
In other news, over at http://bourdainmediumraw.com, we’re running a contest associated with my latest book. The best 500 word essay gets published in a future paperback edition of MEDIUM RAW.
My publisher and I thought this was a pretty good prize for a previously unpublished writer of a short essay. But it has been widely suggested that this was in fact a cruel, cynical and exploitative exercise in “crowd-sourcing”. That instead of writing a few new paragraphs myself, we decided that this was somehow an easier, more cost-effective strategy for providing “content”–ripping off eager aspiring writers.
By way of demonstrating my continuing commitment to the written word–and because I frankly don’t like to be accused of ripping anybody off, I will personally be delivering $10,000–in cash–in a brown paper bag–to the fine people at eater.com.
Their excellent editor (and champion of exploited writers) Mr. Raphael Brion has generously agreed to accept delivery of this prize–and present it to the contest winner.
This money is in no way sponsored by, agreed to, or associated with my publisher, Harper Collins or Ecco. It is an entirely independent offering–on top of and in addition to–the original prize.
So. Let’s get this straight: You go to BOURDAINMEDIUMRAW.COM. You manage to win the official competition. Independent of that official prize, you will be contacted by me. Shortly after which you will arrange with Mr. Raphael Brion of eater.com to receive ten thousand dollars.
Got it? Good.