How did this contest start?

Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers was the brain-child of a group of Random House editorial assistants. Matt and Jillian took the helm and, with the help of some very supportive senior editors, publicists, and our amazing marketing department, they were able to get the contest up and running. For more info, click here to read a note from the editors.

What do the winners get?

One lucky grand-prize winner receives $20,000; the other 28 have the honor and distinction of seeing their essays appear in this illustrious collection.

I submitted and never heard back. What gives?

Sorry—due to the overwhelming number of submissions, we weren’t able to respond to everyone, but we were grateful for every essay we received. Thanks for making it such a hard decision!

Will Random House run this contest again?

We hope so! No decision has been made yet, but check back in a few months…

How do I buy a copy of the book?

You can purchase Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers at any major bookseller—or just click here.