Writing Prompt: Your Essay Could Win

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.

This is a great writing prompt! But you can also use what you write to enter Real Simple’s fourth annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could…

  1. Have your essay published in Real Simple magazine,
  2. 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, and,
  3. Receive a prize of $3,000

To enter, send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document) to lifelessons@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.