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Win a Free Copy of Pal Joey

January 13, 2016 | by

Sing it, pal.

A few months ago, we published Thomas Mallon’s introduction to John O’Hara’s Pal Joey, which turns seventy-five this year. “I sense that O’Hara’s moment for a really breakout revival,” Mallon writes, “may at last be upon us”:

Joey’s is an American voice from the second act of the American century, a time when the country’s wisecracks and slang, thanks to movies and even to books, wrapped themselves around the thoughts and vocal cords of half the world. O’Hara had the upwardly mobile luck to be in possession of the best ear anybody had for catching and transmitting the national lingo.

The new Penguin Classics edition is out this week, and we’re celebrating by giving three copies away. Anyone who retweets the message below is eligible to win; we’ll select three names at random. 

Update: Writers, Named

December 9, 2015 | by

“Paris Review,” by Anthony Russo.

“Paris Review,” by Anthony Russo. (Click to enlarge.)

On Monday we announced a contest based on a recent archival discovery: a decades-old illustration, by Anthony Russo, of a Paris Review office packed with writers. To our surprise, after more than three hundred entries, we have only one winner: David DeJong, a copywriter from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The writers are as follows:

1. Joan Didion
2. Milan Kundera
3. Samuel Beckett
4. Tama Janowitz
5. Truman Capote
6. Saul Bellow
7. Kurt Vonnegut
8. William Styron
9. Norman Mailer
10. William S. Burroughs
11. John Updike

Congratulations, David! And thanks to all those who participated.

Can You Name These Writers?

December 7, 2015 | by

Update: The winning responses were announced on December 9.

“Paris Review,” by Anthony Russo.

“Paris Review,” by Anthony Russo. (Click to enlarge.)

Here at The Paris Review’s offices, we’re often uncovering oddities from our archive: our “Twenty Year Index,” content from our very first Web site, festschrifts from bygone anniversaries. Last week, though, we discovered something entirely different: an illustration by Anthony Russo depicting a Paris Review office chock-full of literary heavyweights. And we’ve decided to have some fun with it.

If you can correctly identify all eleven writers in Mr. Russo’s illustration, we’ll give you a free one-year subscription to The Paris Review—along with a copy of our new anthology, The Unprofessionals. Just send an e-mail with the names and their accompanying numbers to; the first three correct lists will win.

Good luck—and have fun!

Stephen Hiltner is the senior editor of The Paris Review. You can find him online on Instagram and Twitter.

Design a Cover for the Twentieth Anniversary Edition of Infinite Jest

August 13, 2015 | by


There are two routes to literary immortality:

  • Slave for years—if not decades—over a work of fiction so searingly sui generis, so well and truly fused with an authentic zeitgeist, so deeply attuned to life’s vicissitudes and the mysteries of the soul, that establishment and nonestablishment figures alike have no choice but to revere you and send you soaring toward the firmament, never to be forgotten.
  • Hitch your wagon to David Foster Wallace’s star.

For the less ambitious among us, option number two has never been more desirable. To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Infinite Jest, Little, Brown is hosting a contest: you can design the cover for the new edition, thus earning one thousand dollars and suturing your memory to Wallace’s own. Read More »

Get a Digital Subscription and Win a Signed Copy!

June 17, 2011 | by

Have you bought your iPad subscription to the Review yet?

What? You haven’t?!

Sign up now, send us the confirmation e-mail, and we will enter you to win a copy of the new issue signed by cover artist Matteo Pericoli. The drawing will take place Monday.

Send your entry to with the subject line “Digital Edition Drawing.”


And We Have A Winner!

June 1, 2011 | by

We asked, you answered: the thunderous response to our Arcadia ticket giveaway contest made this a tough decision for the panel of judges. The challenge was to write a couplet answering the question “Does Carnal Embrace Addle the Brain?” Entries ranged from the sublime, to the very long, to the ridiculous—with everything (and a lot of adult content) in between. The winners were chosen by an elite panel selected for their expertise—and experience—in brain-addled behavior. Criteria included keeping to couplet form; topical subjects; inventiveness; or anything that made us laugh.

Our winner gets a pair of tickets to Broadway’s Arcadia; our three runners-up will receive ever-chic Paris Review tees.

The Runners-Up:

He made up the apple to hide his depravity.
Testicles dangled. “My God!” he said. “Gravity!”
Kay Nine

Brains and dicks are of similar stuff.
One used unrestrained causes horrors enough.

To all police, when on (or off) duty,
Protect, not rape, shirtless, blacked-out booty.

And Our Winner:

Carnal Embrace Turns a King Into a Beggar
And makes a Single Man out of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Congratulations, Guy and thank you all participants for many entertaining (and occasionally alarming) hours! Stay tuned for more competitions in the future ...