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 seeks 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 Rant. When you think of great rants, does a particular story come to mind? Nominate it today!
First, a special announcement!
DK20A HIGHLIGHT ALERT—mark may 20 on your calendar
Two weeks after this coming Friday! Be there or be square!
Cheers and Jeers is hosting a
Virtual 20th Anniversary Party
on Friday, May 20, beginning at 4 PM PT/7PM ET
More details next week; in the meantime, SAVE THE DATE!
Now on to this week’s category!
This might be the crown jewel of Koscar categories. Where would Daily Kos be without the outstanding rants Left Blogistan has always been famous for? Every day someone here is ranting about something: to ease tensions, to raise awareness, or just to let off steam about the horrendous behavior of our adversaries.
Of course, there is no way to adequately review 20 years’ worth of material, and be absolutely sure we have all the bases covered. Instead, we just rely on the power of the most memorable work that reached out and grabbed us and made us take notice. Rants draw our attention to unreported and underreported injustices; rants teach us new expletives, introduce new framing, and entertain us with creatively colorful turns of phrase; rants speak for us when so much steam is coming out of our ears we can’t find words strong enough to express our outrage. Rants—angry, informative, or joyful—are the very lifeblood of substantive online conversation and always will be. Let’s give a hat tip to our favorite rants in recognition for all they have given us!
This Koscar will go to a specific story, so please include a link in your nomination comment. You can nominate the same author more than once for different stories, since some of the best writers here have a whole series of memorable personal rants.
Remember that stories that receive multiple mentions 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, Jan. 6 revelations, 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 comment sECTION below, please share your nominations for Category #9: Outstanding RANT.
sea shanties will never go out of style
last call for category #8: OUTSTANDING PERSONAL ESSAY OR STORY
Hundreds of unforgettable essays that would fit this category are posted on this site every year, so it is an impossible task to try to review them all as part of the Koscars celebration.
But for most of us, seeing the title of Category 8 evokes an immediate memory of a personal essay that struck us hard, uplifted our hearts, or made someone real to us who had only been a name on a blog before that moment.
Some of those stories made the Rec list. Community Spotlight republished some of them. Many others were noticed by only a handful of people, but those few readers still remember the power of those essays even after years have gone by. Does that bring any particular piece of writing to your mind? That is the essay we want you to nominate.
Please use the Category #8 link above or below to make your last-minute nomination in this category. You can nominate the same author more than once for different stories since some of the best writers here have a whole series of memorable personal essays.
As always, stories that receive multiple nominations have a better chance of making it into the final slate of nominees. Nominate one today!
Previously in Koscars 2022:
- Call for Koscar nominations #8: Outstanding Personal Essay or Story
- Call for Koscar nominations #7: Outstanding Commenter
- Call for Koscar nominations #6: Outstanding Community Writer
- 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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