mblogo.jpgThe winner of FishbowlDC’s First Annual Pundit March Madness has…declined the prize?

From winner Bill Holland, who’s clearly way too sweet: “While I enjoy your blog and love the Mediabistro parties here in DC, and am complimented by the AvantGuild membership, I don’t think it just that I accept the prize. I am a well-paid mainstream hack who has a huge benefits package from McGraw-Hill and no need of the tax services, health benefits, and all the other life support stuff that another writer could really use.

“Is there any chance you could instead give this useful tool to one of your readers that can really benefit? Starving recent college grad, mid-life career changer (like me), something along those lines?”

Who are we to say no to an angel?

So today we announce the First Annual FishbowlDC AvantGuild Membership Giveaway Contest From The First Annual FishbowlDC Pundit March Madness.

Or something like that.

So you: “Starving recent college grad, mid-life career changer” (or anyone else who wants to participate), tell us in a haiku (that’s 5-7-5 people…just ask Tapper) why you deserve Holland’s one year AvantGuild membership and we’ll pick one lucky winner. We’ll base it, purely subjectively, on which one we like best. Be warned: We’ll display any submission we want to (anonymously, of course). Email us at fishbowldc AT mediabistro DOT com by Monday 5pm.

And here’s what you get: Access to a wealth of content, including articles on How to Pitch and Pitching an Agent, and other insider information like our salary survey, industry editorial calendars, transcripts of semars and panels, class discounts and a personal homepage. They also get disounts on health, dental and auto insurance, tax services and books, as well as complete access to our media insider community. It’s everything a budding writer needs to be the next Seymour Hersh/John Updike–well, except the talent. You still have to have that.