An Unlikely Contest

As you may be aware (or perhaps not--information in the Information Age tends to display a scattershot distribution pattern, much like a shotgun blast), Unlikely Story is now publishing three issues a year: The Journal of Unlikely Entomology (late in the year), The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography (early in the year), and The Journal of Whatever Tickles Our Fancy This Year (somewhere in between. Maybe July. Ish.).

We have, of course, discussed a number of ologies and ographies which we might focus on for Issue 9, but we’re not entirely satisfied with any of our clever ideas. Much more clever, we feel, is to call upon the collective cleverness of the Intarwebs, which is to say, upon you.

Starting September 1st and running through September 15th, we’ll be looking for suggestions for the theme/title of Issue 9. We’ll collect all the suggestions and pick some of our favorites as runner-ups (exactly how many will depend on what we receive), and a winner. The runner-ups and the winner will receive a thank-you gift from our not-yet-existent CafePress shoppe, and of course, the winner will get a bigger thank-you gift than the others.

How do you enter this fabulous competition?

There are three simple ways:

If multiple people suggest the same title, we’ll go with the first instance, based on timestamp. Also, just in case it isn’t obvious, please make sure that there is a way for us to contact you: follow us on twitter or like us on Facebook, use a valid email address on WordPress validation, etc.

We’ll announce the finalists in mid-October, and announce the winner and the submission guidelines for Issue 9 on November 1st.

25 Comments on “An Unlikely Contest

    • What was the likelihood that Chronology would be the first suggestion we received? Thanks!

  1. The Journal of Unlikely Horology?
    or (though it’s not an -ology or -ography, so may not qualify) The Journal of Unlikely Horticulture?

  2. The Journal of Unlikely Archeology (or Paleontology)

    The Journal of Unlikely Theater (or Dramaturgy?)

    The Journal of Unlikely Hypnotism

    The Journal of Unlikely Criminology

  3. How about the Journal of Unlikely Journals? Kind of a collection pointing to weird collections.

  4. The Journal of Unlikely Pathology
    The Journal of Unlikely Epidemiology
    The Journal of Unlikely Oceanography
    The Journal of Unlikely Sociology

    This doesn’t quite fit the pattern, but I think it might attract some interesting stories:
    The Journal of Unlikely User Interface Design

  5. The Journal of Unlikely Mathematics
    The Journal of Unlikely Geology
    The Journal of Unlikely Communication
    The Journal of Unlikely Government (or form of government such as ‘Unlikely Feudalism’)
    The Journal of Unlikely Transportation

  6. Listed in order of my personal favorites:

    The Journal of Unlikely Theology
    The Journal of Unlikely Psychology
    The Journal of Unlikely Methodology
    The Journal of Unlikely Linguistics
    The Journal of Unlikely Neuroscience
    The Journal of Unlikely Geology
    The Journal of Unlikely Herpetology

    I’d suggest Etymology, but that would be painfully confusing with Entomology, and I get those two confused enough as it is. 🙂

  7. In no particular order-

    The Journal of Unlikely Somnology
    The Journal of Unlikely Arctophily
    The Journal of Unlikely Eschatology
    The Journal of Unlikely Heraldry

  8. I want to say The Journal of Unlikely Lycanthropy, because alliteration. But werewolves, kind of overdone, yeah? And The Journal of Unlikely Lichenology: about as interesting as watching moss grow. So I am going with The Journal of Unlikely Likelihood: strange stories of (im)probability, statistics, and chance.

  9. A little-known but true -ology (or is it?) of those fabled creatures made up of more than one:

    The Journal of Unlikely Chimerology

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