Sharpen your pencils, writers! Real Simple is awaiting your entry in their annual Life Lessons Essay Contest. You may read the official rules here to get all of the details. You have until September 12 to enter, so get reflective this summer. Prizes are $3,000, $500 and $250 for first, second and third places. This link will allow you to read the winning essays from last year to get an idea of what they have looked for in the past.
On a side note, I adore Real Simple. Flipping through all of those gorgeous shots of clean, well-organized living is like inexpensive therapy for me. It's like the same feeling I get from watching those house cleaning shows. All of that sparkling fresh loveliness without having to lift a single vacuum. I frequently tear pages from the magazine to use them as gift wrap and drawer liners. Perhaps this magazine will also be a stress reducer for you. Good luck with your essay!