50 Typos, 50 States Contest Details

Here we are on the release day of The Great Typo Hunt in paperback, and it’s a fine time to go over the details of the 50 Typos, 50 States contest. You may have already seen the video that discusses the contest.

Until December 31st, 2011, at 11:59 pm, we are accepting your pictures of typo finds and typo corrections from around the United States. That’s typos in the physical world– store signs, restaurant signs, highway signs, etc.– not on the internet or in publications. Send them to typo@greattypohunt.com. Your submissions automatically enter you into a contest to win fabulous prize packs. (Multiple submissions do not increase your chance to win.) Be sure to let us know your e-mail address or whatever is your preferred form of contact.

As you can see from the constantly changing map and Benjamin’s blog entries so far, at least one typo find in a given state turns it yellow. At least one typo correction turns it green. We started with an all-red map and the goal is for it to turn all green. If that does chance to happen before the end of the year, don’t worry, we’ll still be accepting pictures of typo finds and corrections until the deadline.

As the prize details below indicate, correcting typos rather than just finding them gives you the chance of winning better prizes. You will also be competing in a smaller pool, since typo corrections are rarer than typo finds. However, you must only correct typos with permission of the owner, and every typo correction we receive must meet this condition. We don’t condone or accept typo corrections that have been done without permission.

There will be four prize packs: two for randomly selected typo finders and two for randomly selected typo correctors. The contents of each prize pack for the two typo finders are as follows:

  • 1 Typo Correction Kit
  • 1 item of Great Typo Hunt swag, such as a t-shirt or hat
  • 1 deck of the popular card game Phase 10
  • A copy of the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • A copy of the book Darkness, My Old Friend by Lisa Unger
  • A signed book of crossword puzzles by New York Times puzzlemaster Will Shortz

Each prize pack for the two typo correctors will include all of the above items, plus one of the following:

  • A 16th edition, baby-blue Chicago Manual of Style, or
  • A 12MP Kodak EasyShare camera, with 8GB memory card

Happy hunting, fellow Leaguers!  Don’t forget those Five Rules of Typo Hunting:

  1. Always hunt with a buddy
  2. Be prepared
  3. Don’t be a jerk
  4. Take a closer look
  5. Always get permission
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3 Responses to 50 Typos, 50 States Contest Details

  1. Robyn Whittingham says:

    I’m a ‘proper spelling’ geek and my personal pet peeve is the use of apostrophes in words that are not plural or possessive. Even the critically acclaimed New York Times Magazine has misplaced apostrophes in its articles (on a pretty regular basis).

    I corrected my first typo–in a handwritten sign in a store–the sign over the bargain rack said “Final Sail” (really!)– using a trusty old Bic-style pen, but I didn’t snap a photo of the ‘before and after’, so will be sure to do so and upload/send to you next time. Will also start carrying a Sharpie or magic marker to make future typo corrections easier to execute.

    Onward with your Typo Hunt! Keep up the great work. I can’t afford to buy your book but I’ll be sure to solicit my local libraries to stock both the paperback and hardback versions.

  2. donna.cover says:

    I am currently a third of the way through “The Great Typo Hunt,” a title which I would italicize if I were allowed to do so in this format. I have already found several mechanical errors in the book itself. I teach seventh grade language arts and follow the rules stated in “Warriner’s Grammar and Composition.” Would you like me to let you know the specific errors I have found in your book? One example is the use of the word “snuck” instead of “sneaked.” Another is the use of pronouns without antecedents, an absolute no-no in my classes. Again, would you like me to document more such errors, or have other readers already done so? Oh, by the way, I really do love the book.

  3. Jeff Deck says:

    Sure, we’d love to see them, Donna.

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