Have You Entered the Ladies’ Home Journal Essay Contest?

October 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm , by

 

For our second annual Personal Essay Contest, we want to hear about a memorable moment in your life — the day, or the hour, or the second that changed everything. We urge you to be poignant, reflective, funny. Make us howl with laughter. Make us blubber in our cubicles (we can take it!).

Ladies’ Home Journal is a community that shares stories — and we’re dying to hear yours. If you win our essay contest, we’ll give you $3,000 and the chance to have your essay published in the Journal. You’re free to interpret the topic in whatever way you like, but remember that we value creativity and clarity above all.

Essays will be judged on their emotional power, originality, and the quality of their prose. They should be no more than 2,000 words and ideally typed or written in a Microsoft Word document.

You can enter the contest by e-mailing your submission as an attachment (with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address) to LHJessaycontest@meredith.com or by mailing a copy to Personal Essay Contest, Ladies’ Home Journal, 805 Third Ave., 26th Fl., New York, NY 10022. Entries are due by December 7, 2012.

Visit lhj.com/essaycontest for official rules and answers to frequently asked questions.

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4 Responses to “Have You Entered the Ladies’ Home Journal Essay Contest?”

  1. if i get money will use for my family and pay off all my home and bill to. thank-you. sharon k gallenberger. s_gallenbeger@yahoo.com


  2. THE LADY IN THE WATER

    Hello :

    These are what I consider to be the words of a young female immigrant, upon reaching the base of the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor. After she alone watched her family die in Auschwitz. This I would come to believe was her greatest epiphany!

    As she enters the Harbor with gloom and despair she looks over yonder to see a lady so fair, one who is so tall and lean and with kindness on her face, but the color of green is not the same of her race. Who is she? She asks, and why is she there and what is the book that she holds with great care? Does she hold in her hand my story to be told? The closer she gets, the larger she seems, the crown on her head makes her look like a queen. Oh what a beauty standing fifty feet tall and the lamp that she holds gives light to us all. She looks and she stares, for she can’t believe her eyes, yet the closer she gets makes her look so wise. Has she get off the boat to the Island known has, “Ellis” feelings of hope and joy cascades in her heart like a trellis. She follows the others who too are broken and walk through the door which is already open. She looks around not knowing what to expect and on the wall there is nothing except, a plaque that is hanging and written in words she doesn’t even know and wonder to herself is this all just for show? She looks to the man who shows her the way and ask, if he can read what the words display. Surely the man says with a smile on his face for this plaque was written for every race.

    “”Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

    “The New Colossus”, 10th Century; Emma Lazarus.

    These words to the girl bought hope where there was despair, for now she knew why the lady was there.
    Poem; Chrystal Belle

    Note: This poem is was an analogy/poem written for a class project. Some words were altered to suit the contest. This I see as a life changing moment.


  3. what i’ve learned at 73

    I’VE LEARNED THAT IT’S OK TO RUN TO THE GROCERY STORE WITHOUT A BRA. (TEN ITEMS OR LESS)
    I’VE LEARNED THAT IT’S OK TO MOVE IF YOUR OVEN NEEDS CLEANING. (ALWAYS KEEP FIRST & LAST)
    I’VE LEARNED THAT THE LOTTERY IS FIXED AGAINST ME.
    I’VE LEARNED THAT EVERYBODY LOVES GOSSIP.
    I’VE LEARNED THAT WHEN I HEAR JOHNNY CASH SING, I WANT TO WEAR A HARD HAT, DRIVE AN EIGHTEEN WHEELER ON A BUSY EXPRESSWAY DURING RUSH HOUR, FAST.
    I’VE LEARNED THAT JUST BECAUSE I WAS BORN IN THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY “SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME”


  4. WHAT I’VE LEARNED AT 73
    I’VE LEARNED THAT IT’S OK TO RUN TO THE GROCERY STORE WITHOUT A BRA.(TEN ITEMS OR LESS)
    I’VE LEARNED THAT IT’S OK TO MOVE IF YOUR OVEN NEEDS CLEANING (ALWAYS KEEP FIRST & LAST)
    I’VE LEARNED THAT THE LOTTERY IS FIXED AGAINST ME.
    I’VE LEARNED THAT EVERYBODY LOVES GOSSIP.
    I’VE LEARNED THAT WHEN I HEAR JOHNNY CASH SING I WANT TO WEAR A HARD HAT, DRIVE AN EIGHTEEN WHEELER,ON A BUSY EXPRESSWAY DURING RUSH HOUR, FAST.
    I’VE LEARNED THAT JUST BECAUSE I WAS BORN IN THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY “SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME.”
    BETTY PALMER