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[Writing] Essay Contest

Took Claire to the vet today for her final vaccinations. Whew. Anyway, came back to find this sitting in my mailbox. I've not really got the time right now to finish something by November 24 (yeek, short time), but others might be interested?

Random House is looking for the most original voices of the twentysomething generation,writing about their lives, their passions, their world. We will be publishing the best essays in a book titled Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers: The Best New Voices of 2006. There will be a grand prize of $20,000 to the top winner.

We are seeking essays about, but not limited to, the following subjects: Family, Career, Sex, Society, and Self. Be specific. Be unique. We want you to tell us-and, by extension, the entire world-something we haven't heard before, something that defines you as a member of this burgeoning generation. Make us laugh, make us think, make us mad — just don't make us yawn.

  • One entry per person.
  • Entries must be nonfiction, written in English, and between 500 and 5,000 words in length.
  • You must be between the ages of 20 and 29 as of September 1, 2006.
  • Entries must be received by November 24, 2005.
  • Winners will be selected by an editorial panel of your peers.
  • The Grand Prize-winning essay will receive $20,000; up to 28 Runners-Up will also be selected for publication
  • Winners will be notified. (Due to volume of submissions, we can not respond to every entry.)
  • Don't trust anyone over 30.



Ooh, hey, this looks like fun.
Of course, the question is, what could I tell then that they haven't heard before? This bears some thought - two weeks ought to be enough to write something that short.
You've written that much on your fanfic in the past three days. So pipe down! :P
Yeah, I don't think I have anything of interest to write about. I'm pretty sure they've heard from more than enough internally displaced hurricane victims functionally homeless while facing the usual challenges of the first semester of medical school.

If I thought you had an iota of free time, I'd really suggest you enter. :P
well... deadline is after exams, so I might be able to swing it. We'll see. It's definitely tempting, anyway.
And $20k is not to be sneezed at.
That looks like it could be fun. However, I turn 20 about.. oh, 22 days after the cutoff?

Bugger. Talk about poor timing!
Bah. They should've come up with this idea four or five years ago, while I was still in my late 20's. Now I'm 32, and three years too old. Bah!