Radio Free AWP will start tomorrow as planned [if you're reading this, it's already begun; click the logo of my blog, The Education of Oronte Churm, above, to see the podcasts and giveaways!--Churm], but I'll be kicking it off from the modest blogging office in Churm House, by which I mean the old maternity rocker next to a tall window in my bedroom, rather than from the opulent Inside Higher Ed Blogging Suite in Washington, DC, where the AWP Conference starts on Wednesday.
We've had a little weather here in the Midwest and are due for a lot more, evidently. Chicago O'Hare, which maybe more than any airport on earth knows what to do with snow, started canceling Wednesday flights on Monday night in anticipation of the storm. I'm afraid I'm stuck here until Thursday afternoon. Safe and timely travels to all of you able to get to DC on time, and I'll see you on Friday.
So tomorrow I'll post half-a-dozen pre-recorded podcasts by writers and writing teachers that I know you're going to enjoy, and there will also be multiple freebies to claim. All you have to do in order to enter the raffle each day of Radio Free AWP is send me an e-mail (only one per day, please) with the appropriate words in your title, which I'll provide each morning. Raffles will close at midnight (PST) each day.
Some of the best presses, companies, and people in the world graciously and generously sent me this free stuff, which I’m passing along to you for free, and now I'm obligated to make clear some things about the free world.
Winners for each day will be determined by a random-number generator, by which I mean one of my two little boys, interrupted in the construction of his Lego Tower of Babel. I will e-mail winners within a week of the end of Radio Free AWP, and they'll need to reply with snail-mail addresses for fulfillment. If I notify a winner and he or she doesn’t respond in two days, I’ll award the prize to the next person in line. Books and other prizes will be sent in four to six weeks, as they say, though usually as soon as I can get down to the PO. In some cases, I’ll hook you up with the donor directly, and then it’s between you guys.
In a few cases I'm paying postage to mail prizes, out of the goodness of my dumb ol’ heart, and I've been working on this whole Radio Free project off and on since last summer, so I don’t wanna hear, “Ooh, Oronte, thanks for notification of my winning, but could I trade it for that other prize?”, or "Very nice, but does it come in another color?", or "Would the author or editor or publisher of the book I've won like to read my manuscript and offer suggestions?" Correspondents who reply in this manner will be cast to the snow bunnies.
See you tomorrow.