Copia’s Inside-the-Ebook contest features crowd sourced definitions for The Devil’s Dictionary

Twice today I received news about crowd sourcing opportunities for two different dictionaries.  This one is a contest, with a $2,000 prize.  Hopefully it’s just as easy-peasy as the OED project. From the press release:


NEW YORK, September 24—Copia, the unique social eReading platform and web site, today announced the $2,000 Devil’s Dictionary Contest, in which entrants add humorous definitions to the margins of the free Copia edition of the classic book by Ambrose Bierce. The contest, which will be judged by Time humorist and bestselling author Joel Stein, marks the first time note sharing in the margins of a book has been used as the forum for a contest.


Starting Thursday, September 6 and continuing through Nov. 28, language fans of all stripes can visit Copia’s website ( and download a free copy of The Devil’s Dictionary, the caustic and comical reference published by journalist Ambrose Bierce that defines a year as “365 disappointments” and love as “A form of insanity cured by marriage.”


To enter the sweepstakes, users must open the book in Copia’s eReader App, and enter an original definition using the App’s annotation feature and mark their annotation “public” so others can see it. Mr. Stein will judge the winners


“This contest is meant to explore the power of note-sharing. By adding new definitions in the electronic margins of the book, a truly great American book is getting an update via crowd-sourcing.,” said Seth Kaufman, VP of Merchandising. “At the end, we hope this builds a new edition, one with new laughs and new insights, and introduces Copia’s note-sharing to readers who want to interact with the text of a book.”


“If Ambrose Bierce were still alive today, he’d be angry that someone more talented wasn’t judging this contest.  But that’s what you get for being dead,” said Stein, the author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity. “I’m looking for entries that are not only smart but true, such as ‘Judging, n – An act only done for free by desperate authors to sell their own books.’”


The contest will end October 29, and Mr. Stein will select five winners who will receive awards of $2000, $500, $100, and $50 worth of books and textbooks from Copia.


The Devil’s Dictionary was first published as a collection in 1906 under the title The Cynic’s Word Book. It was culled from a weekly column of comical definitions that Ambrose Bierce wrote under the heading, The Devil’s Dictionary. While many of the definitions are biting and, at times, politically incorrect, 100 years later they remain as relevant and witty as ever, showcasing the elasticity of language and irony.


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