If you’re a new adult, who enjoys using writing as a tool to make sense of our ever weird-en-ing world, we’d love it if you would consider writing for yr an adult! To be considered, send an intro note to the editors at yranadult (atttt) gmail (dotttt) com, with a little about yourself and what you might like to write about. Below is a list of general things we’re looking for.
But here’s the thing. IT HAS TO BE FUNNY. There’s plenty of good advice/thought/commentary for the lost twentysomething soul. There’s nowhere near enough stuff that’s actually funny. So no sob stories, unless they’re hilarious sob stories.
Here are some things we’re looking for:
- New Adult Dating/Not Dating/Online Dating/Offline Dating – This is one of the biggest things in most new adults’ lives, and obviously provides writers an opportunity to be funny/dark/self-deprecating, by telling personal stories, ideally that elucidate a larger idea about the culture.
- Career things/Having a job you hate/How your job isn’t what you expected when you were a kid – Again, this is a big part of life, so I’d say mine your own jobhistory for stories/anecdotes, but think of how to put them into context of larger trends/memes/ideas. So, instead of a writing a post being about “how I don’t want to be facebook friends with your boss”, write a post about “how anyone can avoid being Facebook friends with their boss”. You can still tell that funny anecdote about how you don’t want your boss to see your profile pic from that brothel in Thailand, but open it up so other people can relate.
- Healthy/Unhealthy living – Posts about how you are or are not trying to live healthier have an endless supply of opps for humor/insights.
- Grown Up Reflections – Posts about how our generation is growing up weird, told through personal stories will always be the lifeblood of yr an adult. Again, just make sure it ties into larger themes, and isn’t just you running your mouth about how you liked high school better than middle school.
- THINGRECAPS – These are fun, easy-to-write posts, where you recap a thing you went to; it could be as broad as a multi-day festival or as personal as going to your significant others for the holidays. Just make sure they’re breezy, personal, and contextualized.
- Reviews – I don’t think yr an adult can compete with the plethora of review sites out there, but if you have seen or gone to something or heard something (be it new or old), recently I think there’s a way to write about it and make it compelling, without being a straight review. See this post on 21 Jump Street for an example. Also, please feel free to re-watch old shows, movies or re-listen to albums you liked as a kid. As long as you give each post personal context, I’ll run it.
- Things not be pretentious about – These posts, where you call out our generational co-horts for their pretentions, are most welcome.
- What’s wrong with you – Off-the-cuff little bouts of self-deprecation, where you light into yourself for overeating, undereating, being a jerk to customer service reps, drinking too much, being mean to your parents, etc…. These are fun, and can get really dark, as long as they stay funny.
- Adult products: Post format where you sing the praises of a product you think adults should have: a billfold, sunglasses that didn’t cost $10, a cast iron skillet, more than 1 suit, a ladysuit, etc….
- Interviews: If there’s anyone you want to interview about being adult, whether they’re a person of note or not, just let me know.