What's on the mind of America's youth?
If you have an idea about what "America's youth" are thinking about -- other than the bitter debate over which Olsen is more "ano" or whether it's worth letting steroids shrink your willie a little just to play 10th grade linebacker -- write a 1,500-word essay about it and win $15,000 from Vanity Fair magazine. You have to be 18 or over to enter. You must be a legal resident of the USA. Essays must have a title (something snappy and Vanity Fair-ish, presumably) and have to be submitted in 12-point, double-spaced type (Times New Roman is always a good choice of font) and in standard essay format.
From VF's pressroom website: "Quality of writing will count for 50 percent, clarity for 20 percent, effectiveness for 20 percent and originality for 10 percent. Essays will be judged by Vanity Fair staff and/or other qualified writing professionals. Contest winners will be announced on or about June 20, 2006."
Deadline for submissions (only one entry per writer, but you are allowed to have a co-author) is midnight Sept. 30. You may submit essays by email, but their rules are very precise about how to do that. Plagiarism is strongly discouraged.
Here's the link to all the rules.
And this week, by the way, I think the skinniest Olsen is Lindsay Lohan.