The Concept Of Love Essay Contest

March is traditionally known by college students as a month of midterms, basketball, and, ultimately, respite. Yet this March presents another opportunity for college students–an occasion to write about modern love.

The New York Times is holding a college essay contest about “contemporary relationships, marriage, dating, parenthood–any subject that might reasonably fit under the heading ‘Modern Love.'” The objective of the contest is to illustrate the current state of love and relationships. The editors describe give a bit of background on their Modern Love website:

Three years ago we invited college students to tell us the truth about what love was like for them in this age of 24/7 communication, blurred gender roles and new attitudes about sex and dating. The response, from students at more than 365 colleges and universities nationwide, was overwhelming and eye opening.

So we’re asking again. If you have a personal story that illustrates the current state of love and relationships, e-mail it to us at The winning author will receive $1,000 and his or her essay will be published in a special “Modern Love” column on May 1, 2011, and on

E-mail your essay (1500-1700 words, attached as a Word document AND pasted into the body of the e-mail), along with your name, e-mail address, phone number, college and year of graduation to:

DEADLINE: March 31, 2011

We at the Love and Fidelity Network feel this a great opportunity for you, the college students in our Network, to not only flood the New York Times editors with a collective group of essays on finding authentic love in modern times, but also to demonstrate your unique journey in a society whose definitions of love are ever-changing. The editors of Modern Love have said that the essays should be deeply personal in tone. (For examples of deeply personal tone, see the finalists’ essays from the Times’ last college contest on the Modern Love site).

We encourage you to contribute and share the idea with your friends! We have confidence in your articulate nature and the depth of your convictions.

If you are interested in talking to us about your original concept, feel free to contact us.

Please let us know if you will be submitting an essay to Modern Love!

This post was tagged as authentic love, communication, contest, culture, Essay, Leadership, Modern Love, NYTimes, relationships, Student Fellow, Writing

The New York Times recently announced its fourth Modern Love College Essay Contest.

The Times is inviting college students nationwide to open their hearts and laptops and write an essay that tells the truth about what love is like for them today. In  previous contests, which attracted thousands of entries from students at hundreds of colleges and universities, the winning essays explored ambivalence about hooking up, the way technology is changing how we connect and how an aversion to labels can impact relationships.

“This is the fourth time we’re holding a college essay contest for Modern Love, and every time I’ve been so impressed by the quality of writing and depth of thought of a lot of these students,” said Modern Love editor Daniel Jones. “We’re looking forward to seeing what’s on their minds this year.”

The winning author will receive $1,000 and his or her essay will be published in a special Modern Love column in late April.

Submission Deadline: March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Contest details appear at For more information, follow Modern Love on Facebook ( and the Modern Love editor on Twitter (@danjonesnyt).

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