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Soundings competition: the results

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 13 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:479
  1. R Holland

    In April a small notice appeared on this page, and also on Minerva's, inviting people to enter a competition to find a new author for Soundings. The winner would be required to write at least six pieces for the column, at £100 a go. The idea appealed to 276 writers and as a thank you to them, plus apology for taking so long to get a result, here is a brief explanation of what happened after the brown envelopes, and occasional desperate faxes, hit the in-trays in Tavistock Square.

    Since the Soundings page was started in 1991 admission for contributors has been by invitation only. (The thinking behind this was that the page needs people who not only can write well but who are experienced, relatively sober, and won’t panic when the deadline has come and they haven’t got a single idea and anyway they’re about to board a plane for China.) The exception to this was Duncan Curr, who became one of the column's most admired writers after having sent in three articles on the off chance from Ingwavuma in South Africa. They were outstandingly good - gracefully written, full of …

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