From the hippie culture to the AIDS epidemic to the Internet revolution, love has gone from “free” to fraught to Facebook. What is love now, in this age of 24/7 communication, blurred gender roles and new attitudes about sex and dating?
We invite college students nationwide to submit a personal essay of between 1,500 and 2,000 words that illustrates the current state of love and relationships. The winning author will receive $1,000 and his or her essay will be published in a special “Modern Love” column on May 4, 2008 and on nytimes.com.
The online archive of Modern Love columns can be found here.
A book of collected columns—“Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit and Devotion”—is available at bookstores and at the nytstore.com.
How to Enter
E-mail your essay (attached as a Word document AND pasted within the body of the e-mail), name, e-mail address, phone number, college and year of graduation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2008