Essay Contest: Break-Ups

Thursday, June 28, 2007

We had over 200 submissions for our Lopate Show essay contest on breakups, hosted by Phillip Lopate, celebrated essayist and brother of Leonard. Phillip has chosen 20 winners. He and Leonard talk to the top 5 winners on-air today.

Go here to find out who the 20 winners are, and to read the top 5 essays.


Phillip Lopate

Comments [20]

EQ from Westchester

Yeah, c'mon! How can I brag to all my friends when only my name is posted? Throw us runners-up a bone, here!

Jul. 12 2007 08:44 AM
paul from brooklyn

whaddya mean "space constraints"? you guys can't sqeeze a few more text files into your fancy website? why tease everybody by publishing the titles of the essays but not let us read 'em? after asking people to spill their blood out for you over the last few weeks, that's the least you can do!

Jun. 29 2007 09:57 AM
Michael Stone from Santa Monica

This is in response to Joel and David.

Joel: I had the chance to upload a Word document but the first papragraph is a doozy. If you can get through it, the rest is noramlly paragraphed. Otherwsie, you are correct, it would have been an unparagraphed html document.

David: I think my essay is of two ordianry people having a relationship end in a fairly ordianry way, but that is my opinion.



Jun. 28 2007 02:41 PM
David from New York City and Montclair, New Jersey

I am disappointed that there wasn't one
story of an ordinary relationship failing
in an ordinary way. No story of a suitor
who met someone they loved and lost them
to someone else.

I wonder if in the other essays there is one
that I would have preferred. Since there is a top 20 selected, please post them all. Or,
at least, email me the other 15.


**Lopate staff responds:
Hello David. Thanks for your interest. Unfortunately, due to time and space constraints, we can only publish the top 5 winners, and can only list the names and essay titles of the other 15 winners. We also cannot e-mail any essay texts to listeners. Sorry!

Jun. 28 2007 02:17 PM
Joel Friedland from Forest Hills

Most people write using paragraphs.

Please, please, when posting essays in the future, allow people to paragraph their words. It makes it easier to read.

These essay contest winners are extremely difficult to read without paragraphing.

I doubt that the format presented online by you here was the same format presented to Leonard Lopate.

Jun. 28 2007 02:14 PM
Mike Choi from Northern New Jersey

When and how did LL lose the accent that PL still possesses? =)

Jun. 28 2007 01:28 PM
Paul J. Schaefer from Clinton Coprners, New York

If I haven't been called yet, does that mean I'm not one of the top five?

Jun. 28 2007 09:19 AM
Nick from New Jersey

Look like worst fears were not realized -- most winners WON'T be notified before essays are posted on Thursday. Thanks for clarifying.

Jun. 27 2007 05:38 PM
Nick from New Jersey

Here's hoping the answer to Kristin's question isn't "Most of have already been notified." Is that it?

Jun. 27 2007 04:35 PM
Kristine from NYC

Sorry, I meant the third sentence of #8.

Jun. 27 2007 03:56 PM
Kristine from NYC

The Lopate Show staff response to post #8 was cut off in the middle of the second sentence. Please post the complete response, if possible. Thanks.

Jun. 27 2007 03:48 PM
Kitty Chen

Oh dear. Because no time was specified, I assumed that a June 22 deadline meant until the end of June 22, ie, midnight. I think I submitted my essay at 11:30 pm. Do you know if it was considered?

**Lopate Show staff responds:
Essays submitted after 12:00 noon on 6/22 were accepted, because of the confusion over the due date.

Jun. 27 2007 01:53 PM

By what date and how will you notify the winners?

**Lopate Show responds:
Phillip has chosen 20 winners out of over 200 submissions. A list of the winners will be available on our website at 1:00 on Thursday. Most of the winners will not be notified in advance.

Jun. 26 2007 01:57 PM
amy m


I was wondering who will be discussing the essays--the two Mr. Lopates, the two and the winners, others?


**Lopate staff responds:
Dear Amy, the plan is that Leonard & Phillip along with a few of the winners will be on-air on Thursday from about 1:20 to 2:00.

Jun. 26 2007 10:38 AM
Paula B

Can you tell me if the winners will be discussed in the first or second hour? I will rearrange my at home work schedule in order to hear all of the discussion. Thank you.


**Lopate staff responds:
Hi Paula, the discussion will air in the second hour on Thurs. June 28 - from approximately 1:20 to 2:00.

Jun. 25 2007 06:57 PM
Lopate Show producers from WNYC

All entries submitted on Friday 6/22 will be considered, even if they came in after the 12:00 noon deadline. We apologize for the confusion over the due date.
Thanks to everyone who submitted.

Jun. 25 2007 10:40 AM
Lisa from nyc

I posted a submission but did not receive a confirmation email. Were verifications sent?
Thank you,

**Hi Lisa, no verifications were sent, but if you posted the submission, we did get it. Thanks for submitting. -Lopate Show producers

Jun. 24 2007 08:34 PM
Elissa from NJ

What time is the deadline on June 22nd?
**Hi Elissa,
The deadline is 12 noon on Friday, June 22nd.
--The Lopate Staff

Jun. 19 2007 02:23 PM
peter from DC


Jun. 11 2007 11:07 AM
peter from DC

do i have to be a NY resident to enter?
**Hi Peter,
The essay contest is open to all our listeners--you don't have to live here in New York to enter.
--The Lopate Staff

Jun. 11 2007 09:51 AM

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