What Rhymes With Jewish?

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Bluish? Newish? Shrewish? Trueish (a cousin of truthiness)?

Get on your thinking caps, because we’re launching a Bad Poetry Contest to try to solicit the worst Jewish-themed poem in the world. Did you once write a sestina about how hearing a shofar always makes you think of your hot orthodontist? Did you rewrite the words of Living on a Prayer so that the song is about shaharit? Have you ever considered the possibilities of an acrostic featuring the word Latke? Bring it on, people. Bring. It. On. bad_poetry_contest.jpg

And while we believe in the intrinsic value of bad poetry, we will also reward you with fabulous prizes. Behold:

First Prize
* An iPod Shuffle, loaded with poetry mp3s (not the bad kind, though)
* A prize package from JDub Records including: Michael Showalter’s Sandwiches and Cats, The Sway Machinery’s Hidden Melodies Revealed, and Balkan Beat Box’s Nu Med
* A rubber chicken

Second Prize
A prize package from Jewish Publication Society including:
* Arie Kaplan’s history of Jewish comics From Krakow to Krypton
* Josh Lambert’s American Jewish Fiction
* A pair of bongo drums

Third Prize
A copy of David M. Bader’s Haikus for Jews.

You have until August 11th, so crack open those rhyming dictionaries and get to work. For more details, click here.

Posted on July 8, 2009

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