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Think an ellipsis is when the moon moves in front of the sun?

Deadline for National Punctuation Day®
2016 writing contest October 31

The October 31 deadline for submitting an entry for the 13th National Punctuation Day® writing contest is approaching.

Have you had a teacher who changed your life, someone who brought into focus a subject you hadn’t previously understood, or introduced you to something that became your passion? Maybe you had a teacher who helped you develop a skill that wasn’t natural for you.

Maybe you have a teacher like that now.

Did you have a teacher who, along with the basics he or she was supposed to be teaching, taught you that it was better to try and fail than to not try at all?

Perhaps two teachers? Three? More?

HERE’S THIS YEAR’S CONTEST: Write a thank-you note of no more than 250 words to a teacher, expressing your gratitude for having been taught how to write using proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and how those skills have helped you in your student or adult life. Make it personal by identifying the teacher, subject, school, grade level, and state/country.

Be sure to include your name; you'd be surprised at how many nameless entrees we receive.

Entries will be accepted through October 31 at Jeff@NationalPunctuationDay.com. Winners in the student and adult divisions will be announced, and prizes will be awarded, in December.

Dumbest Sign of the Decade

Diana's Playpen

On south Western Ave. in Chicago. Sent by Joanne Archibald.

Rosine's, Monterey, CA
Home of the Possessive Benedict

Sent by Ken Braly

Great punctuation video
from WABI-TV in Bangor, ME

Past radio coverage of
National Punctuation Day®

Radio KFKA
Radio WBGZ
KPCC Radio
Radio KFWB

Past newspaper and blog
coverage of
National Punctuation Day®

Missouri State Teachers Association: Why Punctuation? Guest column by Jeff Rubin, founder of National Punctuation Day

The Destin Log: A punctilious punctuator’s pet peeves

USA TODAY: Contest: Do you know your punctuation?

San Francisco Chronicle: Punctuation Paragraph Contest Highlights 8th Annual National Punctuation Day, Sept. 24

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Happy National Punctuation Day! Now use it correctly

Baltimore Sun: On George Clooney and apostrophes

Charlotte Observer.com—The Reading Life blog: Punctuation geeks: A contest just for you

North County Times (CA): HUNNEMAN: Hyping the hyphen

Detroit News: Watch the punctuation: Its role in financial documents is crucial

Florida Times-Union: “Punctuation, (is) our; friend!”

Dubuque (IA) Telegraph-Herald: Editor’s notes: TH readers try to punctuate their way to glory

Omaha World Herald: So you know

Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times-Leader: Punctuation a thing of the past?

Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin: Prepare your pet peeves. Punctuation Day is fast approaching (first column, September 14)

Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin: I’m Just Sayin’: Today’s the day for perfect punctuation (second column, September 24)

Beverly in Movieland: Punctilious about Punctuation

New Jersey Today: Contest Highlights 8th Annual National Punctuation Day, Sept. 24 Saturday, September 24, 2011

Spokane (WA) Spokesman-Review Today is National Punctuation Day

Pinole Patch: Write a Paragraph for National Punctuation Day

El Cerrito Patch: A Day To Show Some Love for Punctuation

Association Media & Publishing: It’s Cool to be a Comma

The Writing Resource: Celebrate National Punctuation Day

Center for Writing Excellence: Call me a nerd, but . . .

American Copy Editors Society: Celebrating the comma, partying with parentheses

Chicago Reader: Chicago’s contribution to National Punctuation Day

Chicago Reader: Cats, Chicagoan claim quotation, comma contest

Ben G’s video salute to NPD: September 24th is National Punctuation Day!

Headbloom Blog: The Apoplectic Apostrophe

Grumbling & Gratitude: “HAPPY” NATIONAL PUNCTUATION ... DAY!

Daily Writing Tips: 10 Websites and Blogs of Punctuation Protectors

Wordnik: Punctuation Rules!

TeleRead: National Punctuation Day is September 24

Punctuation rap song: Dots N Dashes

You Tube: Punctuation songs and videos

Cybrary Man: Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites

Arlington Now: Arlington Resident a National Punctuation Day Winner

Arlington Sun-Gazette: Arlingtonian Among Tops in U.S. in Creative Use of Punctuation

Canton Repository: Punctuation contest brings out the best

New Jersey reporter searches for
missing apostrophe in Toms River

Old Navy’s T-shirt
apostrophe catastrophe

Colleges and universities approved
the apostrophe-less T-shirt

National Punctuation Day®
salutes the Tea Party

Cake Wrecks highlights
The “Wonders” (of) Punctuation...

Victor Borge and Dean Martin
sing phonetic punctuation

National Punctuation Day at the
Michigan State University School of Journalism


In 2006, National Punctuation Day® founder Jeff Rubin and his wife, Norma, began performing Punctuation Playtime® assemblies in elementary schools. Punctuation Playtime® has been performed nearly 75 times in schools from California to Chicago to New York.

Punctuation Playtime® is a 45-minute program for children in grades K-6. Punctuation Playtime® features games, activities, and storytelling—even a rap song—to reinforce important punctuation lessons in an effort to enhance children’s reading, writing, and communication skills.

On October 21, 22, and 23, 2009, Jeff and Norma brought Punctuation Playtime® to the Westfield Fox Hills Shopping Center in Culver City, CA, to help the center inaugurate a new installation inside the mall called Punctuation Station. Jeff and Norma did three performances each day.

Teachers love the program and how Jeff and Norma interact with the children.

“Your program completely supports our curriculum content,” said Sally Feldman, a teacher at Washington Elementary School, in Point Richmond, CA. “You have wrapped up the best in teaching to bring to our students. I love the fact that you are not afraid to teach young children great skills!”

“That’s a typical comment we get from teachers after a program,” says Jeff, who works during the day as The Newsletter Guy, writing company newsletters for corporate customers out of his office in Pinole, CA.

Punctuation Playtime® performs
at Los Angeles-area shopping center


Jeff and Norma have also produced a 30-minute instructional DVD that trains teachers how to facilitate Punctuation Playtime® in their schools. They also conduct 90-minute workshops for elementary-school teachers on how to teach punctuation to children in a fun and engaging way.

Visit the NPD website regularly at www.NationalPunctuationDay.com for updates and new photos. And check the Punctuation Playtime® website at www.PunctuationPlaytime.com for information about bringing our program to your school.

National Punctuation Day® features

Americans respond to National Punctuation Day® with photos of their most annoying punctuation gaffes.

National Punctuation Day® strikes a chord with the American public. Read their letters.

Punctuation and the Love Letter . . . it will break your heart.

Banking on proper punctuation: The Bank of America celebrates—for a week!

Punctuation party in Ohio: The Dayton Business Journal celebrates—pastry style!

Errant comma costs company $2.13 million: Read about it in the Toronto Globe and Mail.

Why so many college freshmen need remedial English: Read about the high school mismatch.

Punctuation changes a sentence’s meaning: A comma here, a hyphen there, can change your life.

Why punctuation matters in business: It’s all about how you present yourself, and how you are perceived.

Writing skills help learning—and earning: The Young Writers Project reveals some interesting statistics.

Sing the Punctuation Rap: Yes—a rap song for children that actually teaches them something useful!

Got a photo of an incorrectly punctuated sign?
Click here to e-mail it to Jeff Rubin and it will be posted on the
National Punctuation Day® web site—with a photo credit!

National Punctuation Day® makes the news! TV, radio, newspapers, and blogs are all covering this phenomenon.

Check it out here

Meat Loaf
Cook the Official
Meat Loaf of
National Punctuation Day®!

(see PDF recipe)
Contact Jeff Rubin for more information about punctuation
(510) 724-9507