Fans Can Win Big with 'Supernatural' Essay Contest
Fans Can Win Big with 'Supernatural' Essay Contest
The Smart Pop series of books includes some of the most insightful and interesting writing about our current pop culture obsessions.  The series gathers together writers, philosophers, scientists, and scholars, and has them write essays about television shows such as 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and House.  These books always provide detailed glimpses into whichever television show they cover, often giving readers topics to ponder that may have never crossed their minds.

The latest hit show to undergo the Smart Pop treatment is the CW's Supernatural.  The various insights about the Winchester brothers won't be published until March of 2009, but now fans have a chance to submit their own essays to be included in the book.  Three winners will be chosen, so it's time to put all of your knowledge about the Winchester boys to good use.

Here's what you need to do:  Write a 3,000 to 4,000 word essay that says something smart, fresh, funny, or intriguing about Supernatural.  Send your essay in to by April 1, and you may be entered to win the big prize.  The crew at will read all of the entries, then forward the best submissions to BenBella Books for final judging.

The three winners will each receive $100 and have their essays published in the new anthology.  Twelve other finalists will receive a copy of the book and a mention inside.

The Smart Pop essays are written for people who are already fans of the show, so there's no need to explain who Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are.  All you need to do is pick a topic, then bring some new insight or a new angle to the material.  It can be funny, it can be serious, it can be formal, or it can be informal.  It just has to be interesting and well-written.

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- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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