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Check out upcoming contest topics, and submit your essay(s) or photo(s) for others to enjoy. Viewers can vote on their favorite essays and images, and entries with the most votes will be featured on the Web site, and earn consideration from our editorial and production staff for appearing in the magazine!

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Contests - Frequently Asked Questions

Why can I vote for more than one entry in a contest?

Instead of making you choose only one entry to vote for, we decided to allow viewers to vote positively for any entry they want to -- one vote per viewer, per image. But be careful - you can't undo your vote once you've clicked the "vote" button, so CHOOSE CAREFULLY!


How do I enter a contest?

For story contests, simply go to the contest you want to enter and click the big "Submit your story" button. Keep in mind your entry can be no more than 4,500 characters (approximately 900 words), and should be relevant to the theme of that contest.

For photo contests, go to the contest you want to enter and click the "Submit your photo" button. You'll be asked to upload your photo(s); Preferred file formats are: JPEG, PNG and GIF and each photo should be no larger than 2 megabytes. You may enter a maximum of three (3) photos per contest.


How are the winners chosen?

Learn more about our official contest rules.