“Bring us into your world. What is something about your work (past or present) that outsiders typically don’t understand? It can be something required by the job, something that happens on the job, something you feel about the job—but whatever it is, do not exceed 800 words.”
There’s real money involved ($1,500 in prizes), so be sure to read the legalese. But here, in plain English, is everything you need to know to get started:
Timing. The deadline for submitting an entry is 11:59pm Pacific Time on Monday, July 22, 2013.
Prizes. The winners will be announced by September 15, 2013, and thanks to a very generous donation by Steve Karan, the following prizes will be awarded at that time:
1st place, $1,000
2nd place, $400
3rd place, $100
Requirements. Your entry must be created in response to the official prompt, above, and it may not exceed 800 words—really. It’s also important that your submission has never before been published or distributed to the masses in any way. (The lawyers have a lot to say on this point, so again, please be sure to read the fine print.) Entries should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading lifestyle philosophers, Mr. Krznaric is a founding faculty member of The School of Life in London, which offers instruction and inspiration on the important questions of everyday life. He studied at the universities of Oxford, London, and Essex, where he gained his PhD. He has taught sociology and politics at Cambridge University and City University, London, and has done human rights work in Central America with refugees and indigenous people. For several years he was Project Director at The Oxford Muse, the avant-garde foundation to stimulate courage and invention in personal, professional, and cultural life. He speaks regularly at public events and is the author of several books, including How to Find Fulfilling Work, part of a new practical philosophy series edited by Alain de Botton.
One last note for now: Mr. Krznaric will be selecting the winners from a group of ten finalists chosen by me (Kate Gace Walton, Editor of Work Stew).* For additional information on the selection process, please look for the Contest FAQ that will be posted on July 23, 2013.
*This paragraph was updated on July 9, 2013. I initially proposed a public voting process (like last year), but a number of comments I received caused me to re-think this. To read a Facebook discussion of the issue, please check out the July 8 Facebook post that begins ‘Contest question…”