Inaugural 'Blooker prize' launched

Calling all serial bloggers – the first ever Blooker Prize has been launched, honouring the finest blooks from around the world. Sponsored by publish

Calling all serial bloggers – the first ever Blooker Prize has been launched, honouring the finest blooks from around the world.

Sponsored by publishers Lulu, the competition is accepting entries from anywhere in the world, although all blooks must be printed in English.

The judging panel will be chaired by prominent net activist Cory Doctorow (pictured), with the first shortlist announced next March, and the winner on 3rd April 2006. 

It will reward the best entries from three categories – fiction, non-fiction and comic-blooks – but with one overall winner. Each category winner will win $1,000 (£565), while the winner will receive $2,000 (£1,130) and a place in the annals of tech history.

The variety of blooks could make the decision tricky. Examples include the infamous Belle de Jour, the diary of a prostitute, and Katrina and the Lost City of New Orleans, which is an insider account of the New Orleans disaster written by a journalist and former resident.

Think you've got an interesting blook on your hands? Go here to enter. The submission deadline is January 30, 2006.