EditFast will hold 12 essay writing contests every year. The monthly essay writing contest is free to all and open to any topic
apart from the exclusions listed below. The top two winners each month will be
published in a yearly hardback volume "24 Essays On Life." At the discretion of
the judges, all well written essays may be published on the Web site. In order
to publish the essays, EditFast must reserve First Rights on all submissions.
What's an Essay?
There are many definitions of "essay," but for our purposes here it refers to a
short, literary, prose composition on a single, focused subject of discussion
expressing a personal view. The term was coined by Michel de Montaigne to describe
his 1580 collection of brief, informal reflections on himself and on various topics
relating to human nature.
How To Submit Your Essay
Read the following Rules and Regulations
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Essay Writing Contest Submission Guidelines, Rules and Regulations
No entry fee is required.
EditFast reserves First Rights on all submissions. All other rights to the
essay remain the property of the author.
All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes
the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person's
ideas, without written permission or proper acknowledgment will result in disqualification.
Excessive violence, sex or religious extremism, determined by the judges,
will result in disqualification.
Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.
To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, from 2,000 to 10,000 words
Entries must be submitted in electronic format via our submission form (read
the rules and regulations, then click "CONTINUE" at the bottom)
All entries must be double spaced, with numbered pages in one of the following
formats. All other formats will be disqualified.
Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author's
name, full mailing address, telephone number and email address. Every subsequent
page must carry the title and a page number, but NOT the author's name (to
facilitate fair judging).
The EditFast essay contest runs every month. To be eligible for the
following month's contest, your submission must be received by midnight (PST)
on the last day of the month prior to the contest (Submissions for the essay
writing contest for May must be received by midnight on the last day of April.)
Each entrant may submit only one essay per contest.
All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.
The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.
The top two winners each month will be included in our yearly publication
of "24 Essays On Life."
At the discretion of the judges, all well written essays may be published
on the Web site.
Winners will be individually notified of the results by email on the last
day of the month following the month of submission of the essay. (Essays submitted
in April, will be entered in the May essay writing contest and winners will
be notified on the last day of May.)