Friday, January 22, 2010

Bad Boss Stories – A Contest

It’s winter and it’s cold outside. Neither the Olympics or March Madness have started yet, and I am really bored with football. So let’s dish about bad bosses, shall we?

I propose we designate the week of February 1st “Bad Boss Week”, and in honor of this occasion I am hosting the first “When Fridays Were Fridays” bad boss story contest.

Here’s how it works:

Submit your best (or should I say worst?) bad boss story in 200-700 words (that’s a guideline, not a rule). Corporate boss stories may have a slight edge, but any boss stories will be accepted.

Enter by sending an e-mail to , with the subject line “Bad boss stories”. Entries must be received by Friday January 29th at midnight eastern time (but I won’t be watching the clock).

This is a non-fiction contest (true stories only) but – please don’t use any real names, and feel free to change a few details if necessary about the ‘bad boss’ (to protect the guilty).

Finalists will be chosen by the judge (me). Each finalist story will be run as a guest post on this blog during the week of February 1st. In your submission please include a short bio (if you’d like) and a link to your own blog, website, wherever (if you’d like). If you prefer to remain anonymous as the writer (to protect the innocent) please let me know.

The winner will be chosen by you (the readers of this blog), via your votes between February 5th and February 8th. (Check back on Friday February 5th for instructions on how to vote). The winner (based on your votes) will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

Ready? You have one week to raise those awful bosses from the depths of your memory and write a short blog post about them. I can’t wait to hear your stories!

1 comment:

Colette said...

Someone asked on a forum whether they could enter more than once. The answer is yes! if you have more than one bad boss to write about, go for it!

Also, as a reminder, you can be anonymous or use a pseudonym if you'd like.