Monday, December 27, 2004

Call for Submissions


No, you dirty minds, that is not what I meant. I am not a Dom seeking a Sub. I am talking here about your blog submissions to the next edition of Tangled Bank, to be published right here, on this blog, on January 12th, 2005.

If you have written recently, or intend to write until January 11th, something - anything - that has to do with Life, natural history, medicine or any other area of biology, let me know. You saw a cool creature last night? Write about it. History or philosophy of biology? Great. Science education? Fine. Conservation biology, pet nutrition, medical diagnosis of ailments of fictional characters? All fits here.

Go to http://tangledbank.net/ to check out the rules. Also, go and read the previous issues - there is some waaaaay cool writing there. Excerpt:


Have you recently written something you are proud of, that you think other
people with an interest in biology, medicine, science in general, or just the
general workings of the natural world might find worth reading? Let me know!
Send an e-mail message to host AT tangledbank DOT net, or pzmyers AT pharyngula DOT org, or Coturnix1 AT aol DOT com, containing the words "Tangled Bank" somewhere in the subject line, and a link to your article, along with a sentence or two of descriptive summary. Don't hesitate, don't be shy, don't wonder if your work is good enough—flit right into the bank with the rest of us elaborately constructed forms.

This is an egalitarian activity. You do not have to be a
Ph.D., you don't have to write articles with ten-syllable words, you don't have
to discuss esoteric details. All you have to do is express some enthusiasm for
the natural world or encourage study of the same.

The host will review your entry, and if it meets our generous
standards, it will be included in that week's Tangled Bank. Our
recommendations:

The subject should be on biology, medicine, or natural history. We will
define those categories very broadly, and it's sufficient that you show some
passion for the science of the natural world.

Your entry should reflect your point of view and your writing; give us
something more than a couple of links with a brief comment.

I would like to encourage positive stories; while the occasional cranky
rant against creationist legislators or evil malpractice lawyers, if well
written, might fit in, entries that talk about the really cool stuff of life are
more appropriate.

The Tangled Bank is apolitical. While we as individuals may care very
much about the policies of right vs. left, the focus here should be on the
universal subjects of science, not the latest crime against scientific study by
the political party you like least.

Only make one submission per weblog per week. Be selective and pick the
best of your writing.

Anyone can submit an entry. Even if you don't routinely write about
medicine or biology, if you just happen to have written about your gall bladder
surgery that week or the pileated woodpecker that has taken to waking you every
morning, if you think you've said something interesting and insightful, send it
in.


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