A few days ago I received two books by the unique humorist, Ira Nayman. As soon as the critque weeks are done at Cafe Doom and I’ve satisfied myself over writing a significant chunk of Left Luggage 3, I’ll read and review his What Once Were Miracles Are Now Children’s Toys and Alternate Reality Ain’t What It Used To Be. I’ve random sampled a few pages and liked the zany humour I saw so far.
Ira sent me an exciting update on his writing career today
I WON! I WON! I WON! I WON! I WON! I WON! I WON! I WON! I am being completely unprofessional. Perhaps if I switched to the third person.
Torontonian Ira Nayman has won first place in the 2010 Swift Satire Competition (http://michaelfarry.blogspot.com/2010/07/swift-satire-competition-results.html). The winning entry is a poem set in images called “Love Amid the Construction.” The poem is about a couple who can only find sexual satisfaction on construction sites. Can their love survive a slow-down in construction brought on by the economic downturn?
“Love Amid the Construction” will shortly be posted to the Swift Satire Web site (http://www.boynewriters.com/swift_satire_2010.html) without its images. It will appear on the author’s Web site, Les pages aux Folles, complete with images in three to four weeks.
This is the third year of the Swift Satire Competition. The number of entries accepted into the competition is a closely guarded secret. What we can tell you is that entries came from Ireland , UK , USA , Costa Rica , Nicaragua and, of course, Canada . Oh, and first prize was 500 Euros.
Ira Nayman’s response to the announcement of his victory was: “I won! I won! I won! I won! I won! I won! I won! I won!” But, you probably knew that.
ABOUT LES PAGES AUX FOLLES: begun in 2002 (which makes it positively paleolithic in Internet terms), Les Pages aux Folles is a Web site primarily made up of political and social satirical writing. Over the years, it has also accreted cartoons (currently rotating between My Toronto and Delicate Negotiations). Writing and cartoons are updated weekly. Three collections of articles from the Web site have been published in print. No Political Figure Too Big, No Personal Foible Too Small is a general collection of satire. Alternate Reality Ain’t What It Used To Be and What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children’s Toys are collections of comic science fiction journalism featuring the Alternate Reality News Service. The Alternate Reality News Service Café on Facebook contains original writing and allows fans to have input into the fictional universe of the books. The pilot for a radio series based on “The Weight of Information,” a story in What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children’s Toys, is currently in post-production.
FOR MORE INFORMATION (INCLUDING A COPY OF THE WINNING POEM), CONTACT:
Ira Nayman (416) 630-7331 email@example.com
CONGRATULATIONS Ira Nayman!