Announcing: the Perl Nerd Merit Badge contest

It all started late last year with brian d foy’s successful Crowdtilt campaign. Now we’ve got our hands on three exclusive, not-available-to-buy anywhere else, bona fide Perl Nerd Merit Badges. What do you have to do for a chance to win a badge and the envy and respect of your perly peers? Read on …

How to enter

We’re looking to find the best Perl programming tricks out there. It can be a Perl code example or an undiscovered CPAN module or app. It doesn’t have to be original. All you have to do is send us an email that describes the trick, what’s so cool about it, including a code example by February 21st 2014.

The three best submissions will each win a Perl Nerd Merit Badge and have their Perl trick published on this website with full accreditation. Please read the contest rules below before entering. Good luck!

The Velociraptor as a Perl icon

Mark Keating wrote an illuminating article on the background behind the velociraptor as a Perl 5 logo.

Contest Rules

  1. All entries must be emailed to
  2. A person may enter the competition multiple times, but only one entry is necessary for a chance to win.
  3. The closing date for submissions is February 21st 2014.
  4. will notify the winners by email, using the email addresses of the winning submissions within 1 week of the closing date.
  5. will endeavour to send the prizes within one month of the competition closing. The prize will be mailed to the winners’ contact address by standard US mail. Overseas entries are welcome but may take longer to receive their prize. Entrants will be required to pay all shipping costs above $10.
  6. The entrants’ email addresses will only be used for the purpose of communicating about the competition and not shared with any 3rd party.
  7. The judges decision is final.
  8. By entering the competition the entrants’ agree that their submissions are the property of
  9. No part of the prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.
  10. The contest is subject to US law.

Enter the contest today, email us your Perl trick!

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