inkpop announces Dirty Laundry Challenge
Posted by inkpop on April 7, 2010
What do those two words mean to you?
For some people, the first thing that comes to mind is, well, the heap clothes on your bedroom floor. For others, it’s much more than that—it’s the shameful little secret that you keep safely locked in your journal. Or maybe it’s the party line you use when you just don’t want to hear it anymore—“Please don’t air your dirty laundry to me, cool?”
In the novel Dirty Laundry by Daniel Ehrenhaft, those two words basically mean “reject.”
So why are we talking about dirty laundry?
It’s the inspiration for the Dirty Laundry inkpop Challenge, the writing contest that invites authors to use the “dirty clothing” topic in any way they choose. Use “dirty laundry” literally or figuratively as a focal point of an essay, as the tiniest detail in a poem, or the wardrobe of choice for a character in a story … you name it.
Two writers and two inkpop members who comment on Dirty Laundry Challenge submissions will be randomly selected to win a copy of Dirty Laundry, plus two HarperTeen books of their choice. The deadline to enter this contest is April 14, 2010. For details about how to enter this contest, visit this inkpop Forums thread.
ABOUT DIRTY LAUNDRY BY DANIEL EHRENHAFT
The school: The Winchester School of the Arts, nicknamed “The Laundromat” because it’s where better schools send their “dirty laundry.” Get kicked out of Exeter, Hotchkiss, or Choate? End up at Winchester.
The girl: Carli, a gorgeous pigtailed Hollywood actress going undercover at Winchester to research her role.
The boy: Fun (short for Fellini Udall Newport), an embittered senior and graffiti artist who was almost expelled—until his dad (and a lot of money) convinced the headmaster to let him work off his crime as Carli’s assistant.
The problem: Beautiful, talented senior Darcy Novak, one of the least screwed-up people at Winchester, has disappeared.
As Carli and Fun discover each other’s hidden talents, there’s a villain setting them up. Can they save Darcy—and themselves—or will they wash out?
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