As the American Pundit contest rolls inexorably toward the November election, two more Allvoices writers have joined the winners’ circle.
In the general subject category, congratulations go to James A. Hamilton of Somerset, New Jersey, for his piece on why the “inevitability” of Mitt Romney’s nomination is at least in part dependent on the fact that the Republicans had such a weak field of presidential candidates this time around. Hamilton, user name jimiham, gives readers an insightful take on this topic in his winning article, ”Was there really any GOP choice other than Romney challenging Obama?” Hamilton is an Allvoices Anchor and has been writing for the site since Jan. 15, 2011. He earns $250 and eligibility for the $5,000 grand prize with his winning report.
The Writing Assignment for the second half of March asked Allvoices reporters to weigh in on who they thought was the best or worst U.S. president. Several thought-provoking entries were submitted, but a report by Tucson, Ariz., writer BuzzDeDog took the on-topic honors with “Presidents are like kisses or sex – often the first is the best!” His assessment of George Washington’s presidency earned him $250 and advancement to the next level of the American Pundit competition. BuzzdeDog is an Allvoices Anchor and has been writing for the site since Jan.20, 2011. Like all $250 winners thus far, BuzzDeDog is now eligible for the $5,000 Grand Prize, which will be awarded after the November election.
The next deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. on April 15. The Writing Assignment topic steps back from the frenetic pace of the campaign for a more light-hearted but still potentially hard-hitting take on the 2012 campaign: “In honor of April Fool's Day, The American Pundit is seeking political satire submissions. Have fun with this one, but be sure to label your entries as POLITICAL SATIRE.”
To learn more about political satire and this Writing Assignment, please see “Political satire contest gives writers a chance to share ‘truths’ by inventing ‘facts,’ written by Allvoices Anchor Punditty. At least one of the two winners will be chosen from satirical reports.
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