The news will come as no surprise to regular readers of the Alaska Law Blog (either one of you). Atkinson Conway & Gagnon lawyer Jerome Juday is now officially an award-winning bad writer. Juday was the winner in the second annual 49 Writers.com Ode To A Dead Salmon bad writing contest.
49 Writers.com is the project of Alaska based professional writers. Their Ode To A Dead Salmon contest is a tongue-in-cheek endeavor to celebrate Alaska-centric writing. Their website explains that the contest stemmed from a comment that Alaska writer Nancy Lord made about not wanting her writing to “mine the same Alaska myths” by continuing to pen “odes to dead salmon.” So 49 Writers.com set up a contest for bad writing about Alaska.
Juday’s winning entry was entitled Russian River Campground, 5:15 a.m. It was based on the eternal love triangle of a man, a woman and fish.
“I’m honored to be declared the winner,” Juday told Alaska Law Blog editors. “It’s not easy to explain, however. I’m not sure everyone believes me when I say that I had to work hard at writing that badly.”
For his efforts, Juday won a Ray Troll T-shirt. Since Juday’s legal training obviously contributed to his bad writing skills, the firm Management Committee has declared the T-shirt to be the spoils of the legal profession. As such, it will be rotated on a weekly basis amongst all the firm’s shareholders. Each shareholder is expected to honor the fiduciary duty owed to fellow shareholders by laundering the T-shirt before passing it to the next person.