Real Simple Writing Contests

Earlier this year I read the winning submission for the Third Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest in Real Simple Magazine.  Below the winning essay it stated that in July, the 2011 essay contest topic would be revealed.  I also found out by reading this month’s edition that Real Simple is hosting another writing contest: The First Ever Simply Stated Blogger Contest.

I figured I would share about these contests for anyone who wants to let a little of their writing genius out.  Maybe you will have better luck than me.  I’ve only been ruminating ideas for what to write about for the past three days, but so far I got nothin’!  I have a lot of cliche, heard that story a thousand times type of ideas, but nothing yet that I’d consider original.  Good thing I’ve got until the end of the summer to hopefully get something submitted!  Here are the details:

The Fourth Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest

When did you first understand the meaning of love? Maybe you were a child, witnessing a generous act by your father or mother. Maybe the lesson came later, as you grappled with the challenges of being a friend, a spouse, or a parent yourself. Whatever made you understand love—and yourself—better, tell us about it.

Enter Real Simple’s fourth annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could:

  • Have your essay published in Real Simple
  • Win round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors
  • Receive a prize of $3,000

To enter, send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document) tolifelessons@realsimple.com. Contest begins at 12:01 A.M. EST on May 3, 2011, and runs through 11:50 P.M. EST on September 15, 2011. Open to legal residents of the United States age 19 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (Entries will not be returned.)

Click here for complete contest rules and see below for frequently asked questions. You can also read last year’s winning essay, chosen from 7,453 entries: The Ride of Her Life, by Dorothy Fortenberry, 31, of Los Angeles. The previous year’s winning essay was Beauty in Motion, by Andrea Avery. Our first contest’s winning essay was A Witness to Grace, by Aldra Robinson.

Click here for complete contest rules and to see frequently asked questions.

The First Ever Simply Stated Blogger Contest

Who is the person you are most surprised to be friends with? Maybe it was someone whom you had nothing in common with, someone you’ve only conversed with via e-mail, or someone who started out as more of a rival than a friend. Whoever that unexpected friend is, tell us about him or her.

Enter Real Simple’s Simply Stated Blogger Contest, and you could:

  • Join Real Simple editors as a blogger on Simply Stated for one month
  • Receive a prize of $1,000

To enter, email your 300-word post (preferably in a MS Word document) tobloggercontest@realsimple.com. Contest begins at 12:01 A.M. EST on June 8, 2011, and runs through 11:59 P.M. EST on August 15, 2011. Open to legal residents of the United States age 19 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (Entries will not be returned.)

Click here for complete contest rules and to see frequently asked questions.

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2 thoughts on “Real Simple Writing Contests

  1. Hi Erin–when I read this I thought of this quote:

    “In literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” -C.S. Lewis

    I know that God hasn’t given you writing skills for no reason, He wants to bless people through that!

    I hope to see you soon, and I want to hear about how your pregnancy is coming along!

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