Last Day of Trigger Warning Contest

Jun 05, 2014 |  NAS

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Last Day of Trigger Warning Contest

Jun 05, 2014 | 


Today is the final day of the NAS's write-your-own-trigger-warning contest! Submissions must be received by midnight (12:00AM EST Friday, June 6) to be considered. The top three will be announced tomorrow and their authors will receive a free copy of Peter Wood's book A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now

Here's more about the contest from Ashley Thorne's blog on Minding the Campus yesterday:

What do you wish you knew about a book before you were traumatized by it? How would you warn future readers of say, Pride and PrejudiceThe House at Pooh Corner, and How to Win Friends and Influence People?

Don’t worry too much about giving away the ending. As Oberlin College wrote in its proposed guidelines for faculty members, “even if a trigger warning does contain a spoiler, experiencing a trigger is always, always worse than experiencing a spoiler.”

You can submit your trigger warnings on Twitter with the hashtag #triggerwarningfail and NAS’s handle @NASorg, or you can post them to NAS’s Facebook page or in the comments below. 

See NAS's Facebook page and our original announcement for examples of the kinds of trigger warnings we are looking for. 

Image: "Old Light Switches" by Paul Cross // CC BY-SA

Mike Ford

| June 05, 2014 - 11:38 AM

“Kiss The Boys Goodbye”
warning: may contain references to desrertion and
court martial of POW

James Johnson

| June 05, 2014 - 2:14 PM

A trigger warning to be used as a preface to the trigger warning of any book:

Warning: this book is preceded by a warning that may invoke feelings of anxiety often associated with exposure to eliminationist rhetoric. The authors of the following warning caution that the author of the book included passages likely to cause an emotionally damaging reaction among some readers. Please note: the warning itself has come to be identified with that particular part of most common dangerous weapons used to initiate a violent encounter, often facilitating sexual abuse or resulting in death and/or dismemberment. Suggestions that the reader identify the warning with Roy Rogers’ horse when considering the content of the warning have failed to mitigate the secondary damage warned of herein due to cultural illiteracy and inevitable revulsion at the invocation of imperialist triumphalism. Please proceed with extreme caution.