Here's how the contest works: Submit your story to the "Quarterlife Crisis Party" channel by 11:59 PM PT on October 5. (If you already submitted a story to the channel, your submission is in the running so there is no need to submit it again. Although, by all means, feel free to write another.) I will review the submissions and on October 10, announce the five finalists. Then it's up to our (your) readers to vote for the story that best captures the quarterlife crisis. Readers vote by "liking" the story using the Facebook like button on the top of the page. The finalist story with the most Facebook likes wins $100! $100 and bragging rights!
A word on how I'll be picking the finalists: ultimately, it's what I like! And sometimes it's hard to put into words the "je ne sais quoi" of great piece of writing but here are a few tenuous, vague guidelines:
I like quirky stories that use humor to get at some truth.
I like thoughtful introspection.
I like clear, specific headlines that you can't find anywhere else.
I like when writers follow the basic rules of capitalization, so at the beginnings of sentences and the first letter of proper nouns.
If you'd like more information regarding what a quarterlife crisis is and why we're celebrating it, read this. Or visit our quarterlife crisis party page and see what people are already talking about!
Official Contest Rules