Contest: Modern Love (Deadline March 31)

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 on: topics.nytimes.com/top/features/style/fashionandstyle/columns/modernlove/index.html

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: essaycontest@nytimes.com
Submission Deadline:
March 31, 2008

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