Rolling Stone launches weekly writing contest based on reality show’s challenges

Rolling Stone magazine has launched a competition that parallels its new MTV reality show I’m from Rolling Stone.

Every Monday, the magazine’s web site will offer a writing assignment based on the assignment that the show’s contestants had to complete on the previous night’s episode. The first assignment is “300 words or less describing your local music scene.” It’s due Friday at noon ET.

The winner will receive a MacBook, some speakers, and “the opportunity to write a blog for three (3) months for www.rollingstone.com,” according to the official rules. Weekly winners will receive “a First Act guitar and a Rhapsody Sansa.” The contest is limited to Americans who are age 18 or older.

The “I’m From Rolling Stone” Writing Competition: Assignment One [Rolling Stone]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.