My lovely sister-in-law let me know about this last year, though I was too late to enter at the time. I've been watching their website to see the launch of this year's contest and it's finally here.
The prize is a trip to NYC for two and $3000.
Not too shabby.
Here is the Real Simple website with all the details.
Here is this year's theme:
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 2 nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors.
- Receive a prize of $3000
and after polishing your essay, enter my contest to win a signed copy of Brendan Halpin's The Half Life of Planets
Sign up at the original post here.