Best and Worst Writing Put on Display

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on October 27, 2009

When one thinks of the United Kingdom one of the first things that comes to mind is the grand literary tradition.  Giants like Shakespeare and Marlowe still rank among the all time greats, while more modern writers like Graham Greene and Ted Hughes give the new generation of young writers something to aspire to.  Even though literature ranks high on the list of British cultural achievements, standards are still slipping, according to a recent report.  The National Academy of Writing has noticed the fall in standards and is offering an award which aims to highlight both the best and worst of writing in the United Kingdom.

The Academy has launched an award which they hope will help to raise the standards of writing in the United Kingdom by showcasing the best writing being done and shaming the worst.  Not only will the award name the writers who write well, but it will shame those who do not.  Pieces that are well written will be nominated for the top prize, while poor writing will be held up for ridicule.  A panel headed by literary agent Ed Victor will ultimately decide which pieces of writing represent the best of what the United Kingdom has to offer, and which pieces deserve to be mocked.

The panel says that it will look for stylish and clear prose which follows in the grand English literary tradition.  The panel also says that it will single out bad writing, especially writing which is guilty of being long winded.  The contest will remain open until December 31.

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