Thursday, August 6, 2009

Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest for Grown-ups

Today's forecast for St. Peters, MO: Mostly sunny, high 89 degrees

After our lively discussion yesterday, it's time to write. Here's a no-entry fee essay contest from Real Simple magazine that I found in the Poets & Writers newsletter.

No entry fee, a prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple for a personal essay on: “When did you realize that you had become a grown-up?”

The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with the editors. Submit an essay of up to 1,500 words by September 7. No entry fee.
Visit the Web site for complete guidelines.
Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
E-mail address:

POST SCRIPT: Two very savvy writers contacted me and advised that according to the contest rules, by entering you give up all rights to your essay--even if you do not win. So, please read the guidelines carefully! Thanks to Linda and Becky for bringing this to my attention.


  1. Donna, tell your readers to read the fine print and enter with caution. Guidleines # 5 states the Entrant (not winner) gives away all rights.

  2. Hi Linda,
    Thanks for letting me know. I will highlight that info on the blog.

  3. Entering an essay into a contest USUALLY gives away the rights to the essay, that's pretty common so DON'T enter if you don't want to give them up. I found a COOL essay contest (but it ends 8/11 so hurry if you are interested): and i think this one too, the essay becomes the property of the contest or sponsors. Hell I didn't care - the grand prize is A HOME IN PARADISE! So Aloha you all - I wrote a bitchin essay and I'm gonna win! 8-) Shelly


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