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Jeff Graubart
Contact: JeffGrau@TheQuestForBrian.com
January 3, 2011


Announcing The Quest for Brian 2011 Essay Contest

(01-04-11) -- Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame member Jeff Graubart releases his autobiographical, historical novel, The Quest for Brian. Five years in the making, this tell-all political thriller is sure to shock, rivet and raise deep questions, no matter what your philosophy of life.

Quest for Brian cover One young man's struggle for gay liberation in the 1970s takes him down a path from which there seems to be no escape. As the reader watches Dave Rosen, from Champaign-Urbana to Chicago, Illinois, falling farther away from the man he loves, consumed by political rage, drug addiction and then victory, they will be witnesses to actual historical events, heretofore unprinted, that will astound.

Write a 1000 4000 word essay on The Quest for Brian and win up to $1500.

1. The purpose of the contest is to:
A. Promote sales of The Quest for Brian
B. Foster a more accurate picture of Illinois and national LGBT history
C. Promote more effective LGBT activism through an examination of past activism.
D. Foster discussion on the many themes, topics and concepts covered in the novel and the history.
E. Promote literature as a tool for unmasking reality.
2. The specific topic of the essay is open and can, for instance, address any or all of the themes, ironies, literary allusions, philosophy, genre, interpretations, or lessons of the fictional novel, or factual corrections and additions, political philosophy, or eye witness accounts to the actual events.

3. Contest ends December 31st, 2011 and winners will be announced on TheQuestForBrian.com on March 15th, 2012.

4. Essays will be judged on clarity, logical organization, style, content, insight, and originality. Essays on historical corrections and additions will be judged partly on the quality of footnotes and accompanying documentation.

5. Five prizes will be awarded. 1st Prize - $1500, 2nd Prize - $1000, 3rd Prize - $500, 4th Prize - $100, 5th Prize - $50.

6. Essays can be Microsoft Word documents, PDF or text files with optional HTML. Contact contest@TheQuestForBrian.com with questions about support for other formats.

7. The name and city of each contestant, the word count and date of last submission, will be displayed on http://TheQuestForBrian.com website within 5 days of submission/resubmission. The essays themselves will not be displayed until after January 2nd, 2012.

8. No purchase is necessary. Ask your local library to supply the book, borrow it from others, or read it in the free eBook reading rooms at local bookstores.

For complete contest rules and details of submission, go to http://TheQuestForBrian.com


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