A direct quote from The Times newspaper, talking about a Peter Ustinov documentary and saying that:
“highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod and a dildo collector”.
Agreed. Nevertheless, doesn’t part of you wish that Nelson Mandela was an 800-year old demigod and collector of dildoes? I mean, that would be a huge scoop!
The organizers of The Denver Bee would like to thank you for making our first event an overwhelming success. We had a wonderful time and are thrilled to hear that everyone else did.
We planned the Bee with three primary goals in mind. Knowing that our first event was bound to hit a few snags, it was important to ensure that we remained focused on these things:
- Raise money to support Burning Through Pages (donate!)
- Create a supportive, encouraging environment for contestants
- Make it FUN for the audience
Goal 1 was a piece of cake, thanks to the our sponsors’ tremendous support and your tremendous generosity.
Goal 2 was also achieved, with one contestant going so far as to say “Tonight ranks up there as one of the best nights of my life! Thanks @thedenverbee for the fun!”
Goal 3 was possibly the most baffling (who has ever had a good time WATCHING a spelling bee?) The response has been awesome, though. People really had a good time!
So we set up three targets, and we hit the bullseye on each. We couldn’t be happier! Planning has already begun for the next event, so stay tuned for updates.
The Denver Bee is going to be a HECK of a lot of fun, whether you’re in the audience or on the stage. If you have something to prove, however (be it to yourself or to someone else), you’re going to want a spot on stage. If that’s the case, I hope you can spell. I also hope you can follow directions. They aren’t short, so pay attention and follow them closely:
(Seriously, follow them closely. Read through them once before starting. We speak highly of your reading comprehension and ability to follow direction. Please don’t prove us wrong.)
- Go to the SpellingCity Tests page
- Choose “SAT Vocabulary” from the list of tests
(This has been successfully tested in Firefox, IE, and iOS Safari)
- Complete the test
(A high score will not improve your chances of selection. We’re trying to gauge how tough to make this, so BE HONEST!)
- Enter your name (blue box on the right) and click Print Report
- Save the result as “<your name> test results.pdf”
If you’re on a phone or tablet, take a screen shot of it.
- Create an email
SUBJECT: Contestant submission <spelling test score>
(e.g. Contestant submission 80%)
- Attach the results of your spelling test (pdf or screenshot)
- Type a paragraph explaining why you NEED this. Tell us about your prior spelling bee experience (or lack thereof) and why it still torments your soul. Tell us how competing in this bee will finally bring closure to the pains of your childhood and allow you to achieve greater successes in adulthood.
- Add a paragraph with 2 or 3 sentences about your love of books and reading in general. Think of it as a testimonial for the joys of reading.
- OPTIONAL: Tell me (Terry) how you like the submission process. *grin*
- Hit SEND
That’s it! I know it’s long, but look, this isn’t a twitter contest where all you need to do is RT to enter to win. We’re talking sometimes decades-long grudges, redemption, and vengeance. Also, there aren’t a lot of slots open, so asking you to do a LITTLE work for the submission makes our lives easier. ;)
Do you remember way back when we’d get on stage and there was total silence except for the announcer?
You: Hemorrhoid. May I please have the definition?
Announcer: Hemorrhoid — A swollen vein or group of veins in the region of the anus.
You: Hemorrhoid. [Awkward pause holding back a snicker, yet deep in contemplation.] Hemorrhoid. H. E. M…O. R…R…H. O. I. D. Hemorrhoid.
Then, of course, clapping would follow and sometimes a few encouraging cheers. You knew you had it right. No doubt. (Before going any further, I’d like to interject and say the word probably wasn’t hemorrhoid. And, OMG, can you imagine asking the announcer to put that in a sentence? *shudders*)