At about this time last year, we here at FSP had a contest to see who could write the best (= worst) Statement of Purpose to accompany an application to graduate school. The winning entry was spectacular in many ways, and other entries were also entertaining and/or scary.
This year, I would like to have a contest to see who can write the best (= worst) Letter of Reference for a student applying to graduate school. Letters of reference in general have a certain.. sameness to them, but letters of reference for students applying to graduate school have some special aspects to them, especially when written by a professor who doesn't really know the students particularly well.
The challenge is to capture that certain something about letters of reference, but feel free to let your creativity run wild in unexpected and horrifying ways.
There are no rules.
But there are a few instructions:
- Send your entry to me by email (email@example.com) with the subject heading clearly labeled as an entry to the LoR (Letter of Reference) contest.
- Deadline: 24 December 2009
Entries will be examined by the highly caffeinated FSP Editorial Board and results will be announced before the expiration of 2009.
8 months ago