Daily Kos was born on May 26, 2002. That makes 2022 our 20th anniversary year, and just one of the ways we’re celebrating is by bringing back the Koscars! One of the things that makes Daily Kos special is our open platform, where community members can publish stories alongside staff. The Koscars seek to acknowledge and honor outstanding writing contributions from everyone. The entire Daily Kos membership is “the Academy,” so your votes decide the winners.
Before we can get to voting—a beloved Daily Kos activity, indeed—we need nominees. This week, we are requesting nominations for Outstanding Community Writer. This category speaks for itself: It is to recognize people in the Daily Kos Community who write stories regularly and stand out from the rest. We all have favorite writers at Daily Kos whose stories are consistently excellent. Nominate someone today!
On to this week’s category!
Outstanding community writer
Just as with the actual Oscars, as the time for the celebration gets closer, we are getting to the hottest and most popular categories now. This Koscar will go to someone who writes regularly but is not a member of the paid staff. How can you tell if an author is eligible for this category? Look for the word Community in blue letters under the author’s name at the top of the story just below the title.
This category is intended for people who write stories. (Note: Next week’s category is for people whose writing contribution is mostly in comments.) The honor will apply to the writer’s whole body of work, so you do not have to pick out a single story. Still, you might want to link to a favorite (or two) anyway, to encourage people to vote for your selection when voting begins in a few weeks.
This category is sure to be very hotly contested, so remember that authors who receive multiple nominations have a better chance of making it into the final list of nominees. Nominations will be open as long as this story is accepting comments. And don’t be shy: You can even nominate yourself!
Finalists in all categories will be presented on Tuesday, May 17, when the voting begins! Two winners in each category will be announced on our 20th anniversary: Thursday, May 26!
Foreign and domestic events being what they are, a project like this can be a welcome distraction from talk of war, Supreme Court controversy, and general anxiety over the upcoming midterm elections. Let’s celebrate the best of who we are, the best of what we have to offer, and the best of what we have done to effect progressive change.
here’s how YOU can participate in the Koscars:
Be on the lookout for the nomination request each week.
Read, recommend, and comment so it will stay visible on the Trending List as long as possible.
Make nominations in each category, including seconding nominations made by others (where applicable).
Vote when the final list of nominees is presented on Tuesday, May 17.
Congratulate the Koscar winners on our 20th anniversary: Thursday, May 26!
In the comments below, please share your nominations for Category #6: Outstanding Community Writer
it took me years to write, will you take a look?
last call for category #5: OUTSTANDING daily kos SERIES
A series is a collection of stories with a similar theme, usually by the same author, although authors have been known to share series writing. There’s no hard and fast rule about how many stories make a series, but it does have to contain more than one story or two. Entries in a series can post every day, once a week, multiple times per week, or on an irregular basis, as long as continuity and cohesion tie the entries together in some way.
There are current series that have been running for years, series that ran for only one election cycle, series that were very popular for a while and then faded away, and brand-new offerings that started just a few months ago. All are eligible to be recognized and nominated.
In this category, the Koscar goes to the series as a whole, so you do not have to pick out a single story. Still, you might want to link to a favorite example anyway as a way of encouraging people to vote for your selection when voting begins in a few weeks.
As usual, series that receive multiple nominations have a better chance of making it into the final list of nominees. Nominate one today!
Previously in Koscars 2022:
- Call for Koscar nominations #5: Outstanding Daily Kos Series
- Call for Koscar nominations #4: Outstanding Daily Kos Group
- Call for Koscar nominations #3: Outstanding Story by a Downballot Candidate
- Call for Koscar nominations #2: Outstanding Call to Activism
- Koscar nominations are still open for Category #1: Outstanding Snark/Satire
- Call for Koscar nominations #1: Outstanding Snark/Satire
- 20th Anniversary Koscars Announcement (includes a list of all upcoming categories)
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