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A Twin-Pack of Writing Contests: Real Simple’s Life Lessons & Family Circle Fiction

Q: Why should you enter a writing contest?

A:  Three reasons: practice, practice, practice. You’ll practice writing, practice formatting, and practice submitting your work.

Oh, and you might win something.

Always research a contest before entering. Look for ones run by reputable entities that don’t require you to buy something to be eligible to win. It’s common practice for contests to charge entry fees, but some, like these, offer big bucks and ask only that you submit your best work.

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The contest: Real Simple’s 4th Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest.

This year’s essay topic:  When did you first understand the meaining of love?

Length:

Essays must be 1,500 words or less.

Deadline:

Submissions are open now. The final deadline for entries is September 15, 2011.

Show me the money!

A cash prize of $3000 plus other goodies for the first place winner.

For all the details and rules:

visit www.realsimple.com/lifelessonscontest

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The contest:2011 Family Circle Fiction Contest

Length:

Entries must be 2,500 words or less.

Deadline:

Submissions are open now. Final deadline for entries is September 9, 2011.

Show me the money!

A cash prize of $750 plus other goodies for the first place winner.

For all the details and rules:

Visit Family Circle’s web site.

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