Geist magazine of Vancouver is well-known (and regarded) for its eclectic and fearless literary content but also for its quirky and off-the-wall competitions,such as the postcard story contest and the erasure contest. It may have come up with the off-beatest of all with its Tobacco Lit Writing Contest, for which the extended deadline is now September 15.
It calms, soothes, relaxs, smells great, tastes better; loosens muscles, heightens focus; makes you look older, makes you look cooler; dulls taste buds, shortens your breath; yellows teeth, blackens lungs; cripples your heart, fries your brain, and of course, it kills you. To the cigarette, for all that it does, it is time we pay tribute.Entrants are asked to send $20 ($5 for each additional entry) and to write 500 tobacco related words (or fewer) in any genre, so long as it's original. First prize is $500, second $250, 3rd $150 and honourable mentions $100. All winning entries will be published in Geist and on geist.com. Every entry includes a one-year subscription to Geist, (which, we suspect, is half the reason for doing this.)