21 February 2009
The Diagram Prize, 2008
The Diagram Prize is “… a humorous literary award given each year to the book with the oddest title. Nominees are selected from submissions sent in by librarians, publishers, and booksellers, and the final winner is voted for by the public. The prize is a magnum of champagne and increased publicity for both the book and its author…”
Note the award doesn't imply humorous or meaningless content - just that the title, standing alone, is "odd." Last year I listed a dozen of my favorite winners from previous years. Last year's winner (for the publishing year 2007) was If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs.
This year's candidates include Baboon Metaphysics, Curbside Consultation of the Colon, and The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais.
The full short list of finalists is here. Thanks to Arbroath for the heads-up on this year's competition.