Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.
Last week's contest: Sweden has embarked on a crusade to abolish gender roles altogether. With the release of a children's book pioneering the pronoun, hen, as an alternative to he and she, we asked you for the title of the first gender-neutral children's book in English.
THE WINNER: All the Royal Person's Persons
Mark Porter, Lees Summit, MO
SECOND PLACE: The French Lieutenant's Domestic Partner
Pamela Traylor, Bloomington, MN
THIRD PLACE: The Siblings Karamazov
Charles Begg, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Janine Witte, New Hope, PA
Some People are from Mars, Other People are from Venus
Karen Ennis, Breinigsville, PA
Little Persons — Who Wear Dresses
Neil Young, Mill Valley, CA
Betsy Bermant, Madison, WI
Are You My Progenitor?
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA
Earthlings are from Mars, Earthlings are from Venus.
Matt Harmon, S. Euclid, OH
The Individual with the Dragon Tattoo
William Wilson, Hudson, OH
Mark Rumple, Austin, TX
Valley of the Action Figures
Brian Lenhart, Allen TX
I Guess You Can Eat Quiche After All If You Really want To
Heidi Hall, Massillon, OH
The Androgynous Mystique
Beth Cadigan, Olympia, WA
Everyone Is From Marvenus!
Carole Hebert, Penfield, NY
Twelve Angry Hens
Priscilla Trageser, Orchard Park, NY
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Artist
Tom Arany, Portland, OR
Act like a....uh...well...person, think like a…other kind of person.
Caleb Callahan, Saint Paul, MN
Death of a Salesperson
Jordan Zweigoron, Santa Clara, CA
They're Just Not That Into Them
Eve Nay, Provo, UT
Romy and Jules
Lauren Garden, Flushing, NY
Hantel & Gresel
Greg Newman, Seymour, CT
People are from the Solar System
Barbara Selvaggio, Chicago, IL
The Nancy or Drew Mysteries
Bob Goodfellow, Iowa City, IA
I Remember One of My Parents
Kenneth R. Updegrove, Cedaredge, CO
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