From now through March 31, college students are invited to share personal stories that "illustrate the current state of love and relationships" for the Times' "Modern Love College Essay Contest".
If this sounds familiar, that's because it should. Three years ago the paper asked college students to share "what love was like for them in this age of 24/7 communication, blurred gender roles and new attitudes about sex and dating." The paper says the response was both "overwhelming and eye opening," so now they're asking the question again.
GLAAD hopes that the Times will receive stories that reflect the diversity of relationships among college students, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. So, go ahead and take part in Announcing Equality! (Be sure to click on the link to see what we mean by 'Announcing Equality,' and make sure to check out the resources on the right-hand side of the web page.)
Our Media Essentials Guide should also come in handy as you craft your story for the media.
Though sharing your story always makes you a winner in the eyes of GLAAD, click here to get a flavor for what editors consider an award-winning essay in The New York Times.
When you're all finished, submit your story to The New York Times at firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, you have until March 31 to submit your essay. The contest winner will receive $1,000, and their essay will be published in a special "Modern Love" column on May 1, 2011, and on nytimes.com.
And by all means, please let us know if you're participating - even if you're not chosen as a winner or runner-up, sharing your stories will promote understanding, increase acceptance and advance equality.