$10,000 in prizes awarded

In the wake of the signing of the FOSTA-SESTA package into law, charitable giving and providing support for community based organizations, events, and initiatives are at the forefront of our minds here at Slixa. We are excited to kick off a renewed campaign to help elevate the voices and improve the collective lives of a community that is increasingly and alarmingly under fire. We are announcing a call for entries from current and former service providers to examine the worldwide impact of these new laws. In an effort to call greater attention to the International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th and to highlight the important organizations around the world working on behalf of the community, submissions will begin the Friday before, December 14, 2018.

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Contest Details

How To Win

Write a comprehensive, well researched, in-depth essay focusing on FOSTA/SESTA. How has the legislation legally, and politically impacted the community at large and service providers personally? (See *Ideas / Writing Prompts near bottom).

Choose an industry-related charity/organization to receive a matching award, if your entry is selected. Must provide link to organization website and briefly describe why they are deserving. This is a part of your essay and will be published - for some examples see Slixa's Resources page.

Prizes: $10,000 awarded (no purchase required)

  • The winner of the essay contest will be awarded $2,500, plus publication of the winning essay on slixa.com with author credit. The winner also receives $2,500 to be awarded by Slixa to the service provider advocacy organization of their choice.
  • 1st runner-up essay will be awarded $1,500, plus publication of the winning essay on slixa.com with author credit. The 1st runner-up also receives $1,500 to be awarded by Slixa to the service provider advocacy organization of their choice.
  • 2nd runner-up essay will be awarded $1,000, plus publication of the winning essay on slixa.com with author credit. The 2nd runner-up also receives $1,000 to be awarded by Slixa to the service provider advocacy organization of their choice.

Deadlines

Submissions open: December 14, 2018
Submission deadline: January 14, 2019 (midnight EST)
Winner announced: Feb 4, 2019
Prizes Awarded: February 15, 2019 (no later than)

Selection Process

An in-house panel of judges will read all entries and curate the submissions for final award to be chosen by a three-person independent panel of editors. Judges will not be privy to contestant names, author bios, or organizations of choice.

Eligibility Requirements

The contest is open to any current or former industry service providers. Work submitted must be previously unpublished and in English. One submission allowed per person.

Submission Limits and Format

  • The submission and payment process are entirely electronic.
  • Essays must be a minimum of 1500 words and not exceed 2200 words.
  • Essays must be original content and not be published elsewhere.
  • At the end of your essay, tell us about your industry-related charity/organization to receive a matching award, if your entry is selected. Must provide link to organization website and briefly describe why they are deserving. This is a part of your essay and will be published!
  • Winning essays are owned by Slixa and may not be reproduced in whole or part without Slixa permission.

Guidelines

  • Write descriptive titles and use a brief introductory paragraph as a good teaser to generate interest.
  • Capitalize The First Letter In Each Word Of Your Title.
  • Provide source links when referring to other people, products, sites, articles, etc.
  • When adding your own image(s) (encouraged), give appropriate image credit with link to credit.
  • You must have the right to use the images you add - either they’ve been purchased for this article, they’re creative commons (with credit) or you yourself took the image or own the rights to it.
  • A sentence or two summary to close the article and sum everything up is recommended.
  • After your summary, tell us about your industry-related charity/organization to receive a matching award, if your entry is selected. Must provide link to organization website and briefly describe why they are deserving. This is a part of your essay and will be published!

Final Judging Panel

Sinnamon Love

Sinnamon Love Sinnamon is a multi-award winning adult entertainer, inducted into both the AVN and Urban X Hall Of Fames, having appeared in more than 330 films. Previously, she has spoken about copyright infringement abuses on behalf of the Free Speech Coalition, and is in college full time in Brooklyn, NY, where she resides. Find out more at singleinbrooklyn.com and follow Sinnamon on Instagram @iamsinnamonlove.

Siouxsie Q

Siouxsie Q Siouxsie is an award-winning adult entertainer, journalist, and podcaster, whose work has been featured on CNN, Time Out, and the Daily Mail. She is an outspoken sex workers’ rights and political advocate and her podcast The Whorecast continues to cover issues such as transgender issues, sexuality, sex workers’ rights, politics and pornography. You can find Siouxsie on Twitter @siouxsieqmedia and Instagram @siouxsieqmedia.

Conner Habib

Conner Habib Conner is an author, lecturer, and sex workers’ rights advocate. Previously he was the Vice President of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee. An award-winning adult entertainment performer, Conner’s writing has appeared in The Stranger, Vice, Salon, and Slate. Find out more at connerhabib.com and follow Conner on twitter @connerhabib.

*Ideas / Writing Prompts

How has FOSTA/SESTA affected you and your community at large?

For example:

  • What are the main differences pre and post this legislation?
  • What are your colleagues saying? Do you network with them?
  • What would you describe as the overall industry "emotion" or "vibe" currently?

How has the legislation affected you personally?

For example:

  • Has it changed the way you advertise? How?
  • Do you feel your personal data is less secure? Why? Give examples.
  • Do you feel you are less safe with this legislation in place? Explain.
  • What are your clients saying about the legislation? Do they feel they are affected also?
  • If you're in the business, will you remain if nothing positive changes with legislation?

Do you think positive change is possible? Explain.

For example:

  • What do you think needs to happen to facilitate positive change if you believe it's possible?
  • Do you feel there is currently enough powerful activism fighting for the rights of workers?
  • Who do you think are the most powerful players to facilitate real change or overturn some/all aspects of the legislation?

Is there anything happening currently or in the works that gives you hope for the future?

For example:

  • What movements / momentums look the most promising?

Entry Form

Copied from your essay document, for our reference.

The name you want your essay to be published under if selected (public if selected).

An email address we can contact you at (will not be made public).

A URL where people can find you on the web (public if selected, and optional).

A short author bio that will appear under your essay if selected (public).

Your essay should be a MS Word (doc/docx), OpenDoc (odt), Rich Text (rtf), or HTML document.

For more information, please contact contest@slixa.com.

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