For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an absolute sucker for the Oscars. Growing up, my mom and I would settle down on the couch together every Oscar Sunday and watch E! all day in breathless anticipation while consuming an obscene amount of snacks. Nothing seemed more exciting or glamorous to me than the fashion, the musical numbers, the heart-stopping opening of the envelope, and the tearful acceptance speeches.
The older I get, the easier it becomes to feel cynical about awards shows. Why should I care about a bunch of beautiful celebrities handing out awards to other beautiful celebrities? Especially when, as campaigns like #OscarsSoWhite rightly point out, these awards so rarely represent the wide range of stories that can and should be told.
But still, there’s something about awards shows that continues to spark my imagination: Maybe it’s just that they’re a time to remember how much I love making and consuming art, and to feel grateful for artists who inspire me. This week, we want you to indulge in your awards show fantasies. Imagine the plot of the movie in which you star to great acclaim, or make art representing your glitzy red carpet fashion. Get inside the head of someone waiting to be summoned to the stage. Write your acceptance speech (and don’t be afraid if it rhymes). Or go ahead and invent a new prize altogether: Who or what deserves to be recognized with all the razzle-dazzle pomp and circumstance of a Hollywood awards show, and why?
Send your red carpet daydreams along with your first name, last initial, age, and city/state/country to [email protected] with the subject line “Creative Prompt” by Monday, March 7 at 6 PM EST. Let your star shine bright!
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Katie Coyle is the author the Vivian Apple series. You can find her on Twitter.