Attention would-be travel, food, and entertainment guidebook writers

GuideGecko (which has nothing to do with car insurance) is sponsoring a 2010 writing contest that will send one winner to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. They’re looking for submissions of 32-page (minimum) guides to travel and sightseeing, food and dining, nightlife and partying, and just about anything that’s travel, lifestyle, and entertainment related. Been to Mardi Gras and think you have the inside dope? It’s that kind of guide they’re looking for. There’s no entry fee, and there is an Internet voting component. Complete details can be found on the website. The contest is already under way, but the submission deadline is September 15, 2010. Quick turnover, too, as the winner will be announced October 1.

Terkla book scheduled for December publication

New Research on the Bayeux Tapestry: The Proceedings of a Conference at the British Museum, edited by Dan Terkla with two colleagues, will be published by Oxbow Books on December 31, 2010. The collection features 19 of 26 papers delivered at a July 2008 conference which was also chaired by Terkla, Michael J. Lewis, and Gale R. Owen-Crocker.

All papers focus on the Bayeux Tapestry, one of the most famous medieval artworks, which tells the story of the Norman invasion of England. The 230-foot long embroidered artifact is on display in Bayeux, Normandy. The papers cover a wide range, including current research and conservation, the social history of the tapestry, and pictographic studies.

December still seems far away, but you know it’s getting close when Amazon.com lists the book.