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Deadline Jan. 31 for entries to Best of Technology Writing 2008

Here’s some lovely news: The University of Michigan Press has asked me to edit the 2008 edition of their now-annual anthology, the Best of Technology Writing.

It’s a really terrific series. I’m biased in saying so, since one of my stories appeared in last year’s anthology, heh. But it’s a really superb collection of the most thought-provoking and well-crafted tech around.

So, to figure out what stories ought to go in the upcoming collection, we need your help. If you go to the publisher’s web site, you can nominate any 2007 tech story you like! The specific rules, as they note, are:

The competition is open to any and every technology topic—biotech, information technology, gadgetry, tech policy, Silicon Valley, and software engineering are all fair game. But the ideal candidates will:

- be engagingly written for a mass audience;
- be no longer than 5,000 words;
- have been published between January and December, 2007

The deadline is fast approaching — nominations need to be in by January 31, 2008! And you can nominate as many pieces as you like.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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