not to mention the history department is supposed to pick out a memento for the award winner (something related to their research topic) as well as the cash prize so I am now the proud owner of a lovely framed photograph of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

ok guys so idk if you knew but there’s this new site called I-SAY where you complete surveys for points/cash/prizes (free products, itunes vouchers, gift vouchers (including travel vouchers !!!!!! etc). I make about $50 a week by just doing easy surveys :) its simple and you can sign up HERE. (you have to confirm your email first) Lemme know what you think xx

Even on the clearest nights,
The moon hides herself.
As if she knows the cruelty of existing.
As if she knows the difference between secrets and confessions.
My thoughts are a dead language.
Not spoken.
If not a word is said or written,
Is it still there?
With poetry, I abuse myself.
Beaten black by the sentences untying themselves from around my heart.
Every imprint; a new stanza.
Every rope burn; a new promise.
I will always be a tortured soul.
Even on the cloudiest of nights,
The moon; her and I speak the same dead language.
Her secrets I will keep like a locket around my neck.
My confessions she will take as a new shadow painted onto her ever changing face.
—  What a waxing heart I keep.
Petition to stop the BBC's "Hunger Games" Style Show

The BBC plan to screen a “Hunger Games” style game show will make unemployed people and low-paid workers compete in a series of challenges and tasks in competition for a cash prize.  Only the UK’s lowest-paid workers and the unemployed will be invited to compete.

At the end of each episode, those who have produced the least will be eliminated and by the end of the process, just one worker will remain. The winner will receive in the region of £15,000 which is estimated to be a year’s living wage, outside of London.

This is the next rung down the ladder in the disturbing trend of voyeuristic “poverty porn” made popular in programmes like ‘Benefits Street’.  

Unemployment and poverty are serious social issues and should not be the subject of a cheap game show format, designed to exploit some of the most impoverished in our society for the purposes of  dubious “entertainment”.  

Not even the cheapest and tackiest of the cable or satellite channels have stooped to this level.  We believe a higher standard should be expected from the BBC, a national broadcaster that is funded by public subscription in the form of the license fee.

The BBC states that its mission is…

“To enrich people’s lives with programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain.”  

Now that mission apparently includes the exploitation of the poor and vulnerable members of our society as fodder for a game show.

The signatories of this petition strongly object to this degrading and exploitative format and demand that the BBC abandon its plans to broadcast this programme.

Petition at:-


TAEMU is back to change the face of Tumblr meet ups in the Philippines. This time, we will do it Jeff Probst style.

It’s time for Tumblr Ala Eh Meet Up 15 - Survivor: Batangas.

You heard it right, folks. This 15th installment of TAEMU will be held some time in October this year, and as early as now, we are in the hunt of potential attendees/players for this very exclusive event.

We’ll make this fun, thrilling, and exciting for everyone (plus we are up with some cash prizes *winks*)!

For inquiries, please contact:

Join this once in a lifetime adventure and you might be our very first TAEMU Sole Survivor!

The official hashtag for this event: #TAEMU15

Check out my sweet new shirt courtesy of The Interval and Laura Benanti! 

“If a man says something, people are like ‘Okay,’ but if a woman says something, people are like 'Are you sure?!’ Yeah. That’s why I said it.”
- Laura Benanti

A little reminder to stick strong in my convictions, and not let people sway me with questions (something I am admittedly bad at). 

Also, proceeds from this shirt go to Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women Writers, which gives a cash prize and an NYC reading to an emerging female writer. Click here to buy a shirt of your own.

Bonus: here’s Wednesday stealing the box it came in.

It’s that time of year again! Participate in the 2015 LGBT Community Survey today. It’s important for members of the bisexual community to provide their opinions and preferences and have their voices heard. Filling out the survey also allows the BRC to have access to the data, which helps us know more about our community and how to better serve it. 

Everyone who completes the survey by May 30, 2015 may opt to be entered into a drawing to win one of ten U.S. $100 cash prizes!

You can complete the LGBT Community Survey by clicking here.

Calling for Submissions: 4th Thomas Morton Memorial Prize

Who and What?

The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. 

The prize is open for submissions each year from May 1st to September 30th through the publication’s online submissions manager. 

Judges who will pick the winners for this year’s prize are Ian Williams (for poetry) and Miriam Toews (for fiction). 

Why submit?

In addition to publication in The Puritan’s Issue 31: Fall 2015, each winning author receives $1000, and a prize pack of books, valued at approximately $800.

Publishers of these books include BookThug, Brick Books, Brindle & Glass, Caitlin Press, Chaudiere Books, Coach House Books, Cormorant Books, Coteau Books, Dundurn Press, ECW Press, Freehand Press, Guernica Editions, House of Anansi, Goose Lane Editions/icehouse poetry, Mansfield Press, Pedlar Press, and Random House/McClelland & Stewart.


Submissions will close September 30th, and winners will be announced in late October or early November 2015, and will also be invited to our annual Black Friday celebration and year-in-review party in Toronto, Ontario!

Click here to learn more about our submission guidelines.