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A prize of $3,000 and publication in Real Simple is given annually for an essay on a theme. A second-place prize of $750 and a third-place prize of $500 are also given. The theme this year is "What single decision changed your life?" The editors will judge. Submit an essay of up to 1,500 words by September 21. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Real Simple, Life Lessons Essay Contest, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10020.