2017 pop culture essay contest

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sinkhole is excited to announce its first pop culture essay contest! We’re looking for the best pieces of cultural criticism to publish: trend pieces, thinkpieces, hot takes—whatever the label, if it’s good, we want to publish the hell out of it.

The 1st place winner will receive $250, publication in sinkhole, and a year-long subscription to Field Notes worth $97.

The 2nd and 3rd place winners will also receive publication in sinkhole and an honorarium for their work.

All finalists will be considered for future publication. Winners will be notified in February.


Contest Rules:

  • 1,000 words or fewer.

  • The entry fee is $5 and the deadline is 1/12.

  • Multiple submissions are allowed, but only one submission per entry fee will be considered.

  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, too, but please notify culture.sinkhole@gmail if the submission is accepted elsewhere.

  • Former sinkhole contributors are eligible to enter the contest.

  • All submissions will be considered for future publication.


submissions are now closed.


contest art (including that floating zombie head) by Ashley Bunting