We’re excited to announce that eNotes students are now able to redeem their eNotes points for real life rewards!
In addition to being able to redeem their points for real life prizes, TAs are also entered into a monthly giveaway to win a $500 student grant. You can find a complete FAQ on the TA program at this page. Read the rest of this entry »
Each month we’re awarding a $500 grant to one of our standout students. Could it be you?
Welcome to a new kind of scholarship program. At eNotes, we don’t need you to write an essay to try and stand out from the millions. We just want you to share your knowledge with others and help your fellow students get through their homework assignments.
Contribute your answers to eNotes’ Homework Help and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $500 grant each month! How does it work? It’s simple:
Agh, yes, it is that time of year again: back to school! To make things a little easier for you (and to make your friends a lot jealous), we’re giving away a super sweet lunch-box set. Our exclusive literary kit includes:
- An Edgar Allan Poe lunch box
- A pack of Shakespeare insult gum
- A tin of Jane Austen bandages
- A whole bunch of neon eNotes pencils
- And a FREE pass to eNotes for 1 year!
To win, just mention your favorite author in a comment here or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook. We’ll pick two winners at random on 9/17/14 (U.S. shipping only).
We’re halfway through October… have you entered eNotes’ competition to win a Kindle Fire yet? It’s easy:
- Visit our Facebook page and “like” us (you like me, you really really like me!)
- Post a picture on our wall of your pet (or somebody’s pet) reading a classic
- Congratulations, you’ve automatically been entered to win a Kindle Fire! (Alright, so this isn’t technically a step but I feel bound to the rule of threes. Don’t judge.)
Need an example? Check out Bubba chilling with Gatz below:
It’s not too late. Enter today!
Attention, grammarphiles: today is National Punctuation Day!
Commemorated every September 24th, National Punctuation Day is the only holiday in existence to celebrate the wonderful, squiggly world of punctuation marks. In a world where punctuation is rapidly in decline, thanks to texting and trendy writers (ahem, ee cummings and James Frey), this day serves to remind us that “a semicolon is not a surgical procedure,” nor is an ellipsis the moment “when the moon moves in front of the sun.”
Wondering how you can mark this happy day? Unfortunately, NPD isn’t a public holiday (yet). However, there are a few of ways to show your appreciation for all things punctuation-y.
The organizers behind National Punctuation Day hold an annual competition. This year, in honor of the 2012 presidential election, they ask their constituents to elect one punctuation mark as president:
The rules: Write one paragraph with a maximum of three sentences using the following 13 punctuation marks to explain which should be “presidential,” and why: apostrophe, brackets, colon, comma, dash, ellipsis, exclamation point, hyphen, parentheses, period, question mark, quotation mark, and semicolon. You may use a punctuation mark more than once, and there is no word limit. Multiple entries are permitted.
So much for my dark horse vote for the interpunct. Its uses are gravely underrated, if you ask me. Cast your ballot for one of the other hopefuls by visiting the National Punctuation Day website and submitting your thoughts.
The New Yorker‘s Questioningly column is also partnering with NPD for its latest competition. In its post “Punctuation Nation,” Questioningly asks its readers to devise a brand new punctuation mark. The constraints are that it must be made from a combination of two already existing punctuation marks, like the interrobang, for instance (?! or sometimes ‽). The column suggests,
maybe there should be a ,? mark, which indicates slowness and confusion, or a /\, which indicates disingenuous differentiation between two otherwise similar elements. (What?!) Anyway, you get it.
To enter, tweet your suggestion, followed by the hashtag #tnyquestion. You can view all of the current submissions to the contest here.
And if both of those competitions fail you, what else is there to do but sulk at home and bake food in the shape of punctuation marks, right? Yup, National Punctuation Day has a recipe for that.
Haven’t had your fill yet? What a punc you are. This puzzle should set you straight…
Insert the proper punctuation in this sentence necessary to make it correct:
James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher
Got it yet? Check your answer here. (No peeking!)
Every week in a competition of wits The New Yorker asks a question of the Twitter-verse. Its most recent contest asked followers to reply to the question, “What’s the worst job in literature?“
Although James Joyce’s proofreader appeared several times in the list, most tweeters stuck to the fictional theme. In the end the job The NY found worse than Hamlet’s motivational coach and Jay Gatsby’s poolboy was the winning entry “Narcissus’ girlfriend.” There were, however, so many gems within the bunch that we had to round up a Top Ten for you.
Think your job’s unbearable? Check out the hilarious responses below:
1. Captain Hook’s harpsichord key repairman
2. The reception committee for Godot
3. The chiropractor of Notre-Dame
4. Gregor Samsa’s exterminator
5. Public relations for Lisbeth Salander
6. Richard III’s physiotherapist
7. Hester Prynne’s stylist
8. Huck Finn’s elocutionist
9. Ophelia’s swim instructor
10. Oedipus’s shrink. Or ophthalmologist.