Real Simple’s Annual Nonfiction Essay Contest

Posted: January 10, 2014 in Writing Advice

Real Simple’s Annual Nonfiction Essay Contest

Real Simple magazine hosts a yearly writing contest on various themes centered around a broad question about a life event that is inspirational or motivating. This contest is worth doing because there is no submission fee, and the prize is quite substantial (you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000). Previous winners and prompts are posted on the website as examples.


Submission Guidelines

Essays should be submitted in English at a maximum of 1,500 words and typed and double-spaced on 8½-by-11-inch paper. Essays exceeding this length or handwritten may not be considered. Also be sure to include your name, address, and phone numbers (home, work, cell) in the body of the e-mail and on any copies or attachments of the essay itself.


To Submit

  1. E-mail your submission to
  2. Mail your entry to the following address:
    Essay Contest
    Real Simple
    1271 Avenue of the Americas, 9th floor
    New York, NY 10020

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