No-Cost Essay Contest: Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair magazine has announced the topic of its latest essay contest: “What is reality to Americans today? And did we ever have a grasp of it?”

Essays, which must be no longer than 1,500 words (excluding title and any notes or bibliography), must be received by midnight E.D.T. on September 30, 2006. The competition is open to legal residents (18 years of age or older) of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia at the time of entry. Essays may be co-authored by two authors.

There is no entry fee.

According to the announcement, there will be “one grand prize of $15,000, a trip to Donnini, Italy, including economy-class airfare and six nights of accommodation at the Santa Maddalena writers’ colony, and a Montblanc Meisterstuck 149 fountain pen.” Second prize is $5,000 and a Montblanc Boheme fountain pen. Third prize is $1,000 and a Montblanc StarWalker Fine Liner. The grand-prize-winning essay will be published at “Grand-prize winner(s) may be required to sign Vanity Fair‘s standard author contract assigning the magazine all worldwide copyright rights to the essay.”

For full information and submission instructions, visit

4 thoughts on “No-Cost Essay Contest: Vanity Fair

  1. Anonymous says:

    When will they announce the winner?

  2. Erika Dreifus says:

    I think the initial announcement said it would be around June 20, 2007. But I’m not certain.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Today is June 29th 2007. Has Vanity Fair announced its Essay Contest Winners on “What Is Reality To Americans Today?” yet? If not, when will they be announced and where posted?
    Thanks much!
    A writer

  4. Erika Dreifus says:

    I’m really not sure. I’d suggest that you check with the magazine’s Web site/contact the magazine for more information.

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