In a recent article for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Stephen Pinker adds to the growing list of articles that attack bad academic writing. These attacks on academic writing (some of which, admittedly, have been quite justified) gave birth to the infamous Bad Writing Contest.
I have a problem with this entire enterprise.
Yes, there are examples of bad academic writing. Lots of them. But there are also a great many academic writers who write beautiful, elegant prose. There are academic books and articles out there that are a joy to read, whose stylistic qualities are on par with their intellectual contributions to their fields.
And because such writing doesn’t seem to enjoy the popularity of bad writing, it’s time to fix that. And so, to that end, Josh Eyler and I have decided to launch a contest for Beautiful Academic Writing.
The rules are simple:
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