Do you want to pass up the chance to win a book?
Your chance to win! To mark the publication of my book, Questions to Which the Answer is No, next week, my generous publisher, Elliott & Thompson, is giving away 10 signed copies of the book.
There is an extract from the book in The Independent on Sunday, and a sample is available here. It is a collection of headlines in the form of Questions to Which the Answer is No (QTWTAIN). It celebrates the age-old journalistic skill of creating a sensational story out of nothing.
The competition will be a multimedia ongoing social network event. To enter, post on Twitter a question that you have found, with a link and the hashtag #WINQTWTAIN. They do not have to be from newspapers; they do not even have to be headlines; but they do have to be written by someone who implies that the answer is yes when it is not.
Here, to get you going, is number 842 in the world-famous series:
Are UFOs stalking the Mars Rover?
Asked by Ray Villard at Discovery News. Spotted by Jonathan Roberts. Subject to an appeal by Adrian McMenamin, on the grounds that Villard did not imply that the answer was yes. The appeal has been rejected by a subcommittee because the article also includes questions numbers 843 to 845: “Is that an elephant on Mars?” “Will the real ET be little green men or little green bacteria?” (a rare two-in-one) and “Could Terrorist Aliens Cyberattack Us?”
You can do better. Take to Twitter.* Or send me things on Facebook. Or Menshn, or on one of those other things. Or you can enter by sending an old-fashioned email with a link to your QTWTAIN to firstname.lastname@example.org. You could even send a paper letter or postcard to 2 Derry Street London W8 5HF.
*The phrase “took to Twitter”, which is what celebrities do when newspapers report what a journalist has read on the internet, has been put on the Banned List, but “taking to Twitter” is permitted.Tagged in: headline, qtwtain
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