UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered!

The holidays are upon us, and in the true spirit of the season here is a survey that seeks to plumb the depths of your stress, malaise, and general unhappiness. The survey below was inspired by Jason Porters short story “We Were Down,” which you can read starting Christmas Day at Recommended Reading.

Recommended Reading is free every week online, and available as an iPhone app.

The author of the saddest survey—judged by Jason Porter—will receive a free phone session with a life coach, a bottle of gin from the NY Distilling Company, and a copy of Jason’s Books Why Are You So Sad?/em> The contest ends Friday, December 27 at 11:59 PM, so share your sadness now.

About The Author

Editor-at-Large

Benjamin Samuel is Editor-at-Large at Electric Lit and Co-Founder of its weekly fiction magazine Recommended Reading. He is the program manager at The National Book Foundation. Find him on Twitter.

5 Responses

  1. 12 Sad Christmas Stories for Holiday Wallowing |Parkkar Lifestyles and News

    […] This week, Electric Literature is conducting a Sadness Survey in honor of Recommended Reading’s upcoming Christmas issue, “We Were Down” by Jason Porter. This is, of course, no ordinary survey. They don’t want to know about your holiday shopping habits, and they don't care about your income or your politics. What they want to know is, why are you so sad? So take a seat by the Christmas tree, tear open the wrapping of your darkest secrets, and take the survey. […]

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  2. Marie Ann Bailey

    I would really love to win the gin and the book and I could probably use a life coach, but I suspect mine will not be the saddest entry. My honesty always gets the better of me :)

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    […] This week, Electric Literature is conducting a Sadness Survey in honor of Recommended Reading‘s upcoming Christmas issue, “We Were Down” by Jason Porter. This is, of course, no ordinary survey. They don’t want to know about your holiday shopping habits, and they don’t care about your income or your politics. What they want to know is, why are you so sad? So take a seat by the Christmas tree, tear open the wrapping of your darkest secrets, and take the survey. […]

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