National Punctuation Day Contest

September 24 is National Punctuation Day!

Send an ode to your favorite punctuation mark to The week of the 24th, we’ll feature the best entries as the tip-of-day in the Grammar Girl e-mail newsletter, and one entry may be chosen to be the Grammar Girl podcast on September 24. Subscribe to the Grammar Girl newsletter at the QDT website and the podcast at iTunes (link opens the Grammar Girl iTunes page).

Entries shorter than 200 words will be considered for the newsletter.

600- to 700-word entries will be considered for the podcast.

Multiple entries are allowed, and “ode” is just a guideline. As long as the piece is about punctuation, it can take any form. Please do not send attachments. Paste your text or image into the body of the e-mail.

The deadline is September 21 and there is no minimum word count. We will contact you if your entry is chosen to be featured in the newsletter or podcast.

I can’t wait to read your entries!

[UPDATE: I didn’t properly think through the word counts for the contest. They are just guidelines. It’s not as if we wouldn’t consider a 400-word entry or an 800-word entry, it’s just that newsletter tips tend to be 100-200 words, and the podcasts tend to be 600-700 words. Please use common sense and don’t send something that is ridiculously long.]

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