Tuesday, 9 February 2010

eisenbrauns' valentine day contest is back

The 2010 Eisenbrauns
Ancient Near Eastern Valentine Contest

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http://www.eisenbrauns.com/pages/VDAY2010
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How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
O prince's daughter!
The curves of your hips are like jewels,
The work of the hands of an artist.
Your navel is like a round goblet
Which never lacks mixed wine;
Your belly is like a heap of wheat
Fenced about with lilies.
—Song of Solomon 7:1–2
Love is in the air! We are once again looking for a few good scholars to display both love and linguistics in our third Ancient Near Eastern Valentines contest.

We're asking for no more than three original compositions in any ancient Near Eastern language (or Greek), accompanied by an English translation. Music and artwork were similarly welcome.

Please note that we're looking for platonic passion, rather than erotic erudition. Americans tend to be a bit of a prudish lot, and having one's website classified as "explicit" by search engines tends to kill business, so please, keep the entries non-sexual.

Entries should be sent by e-mail to AKerr(at)Eisenbrauns.com no later than noon on February 12, 2010. If your entry requires special fonts to display correctly, please either include them, or send your entry as a PDF that we can convert into an image.

The judging is extremely arbitrary, and the the prizes are thus:

1st Place: $75 Eisenbrauns Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $50 Eisenbrauns Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $25 Eisenbrauns Gift Certificate
Honorable Mentions: Fame and glory.

The results of the 2008 and 2009 are available here for your reference and enjoyment.

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