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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Win a House in this Essay Writing Contest - Courtesy Of The Mortgage Crisis

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The mortgage crisis is affecting the U.S. in crazy ways. J.J. Rodgers is sponsoring an essay contest - and the prize is her four bedroom Colorado home.

For a $100 entry fee, you can submit a 500 word essay to compete for the home. Rodgers is hoping to get at least 2000 entries so she can pay off her mortgage and other costs on the house. If there aren't enough entries, she'll refund everyone's money.

I applaud her creativity. It's either the contest or foreclosure, apparently. It is their second home, but they want to send their four kids to college with the money. The contest has been covered in a number of newspapers, including which has excerpts from some of the essays received so far. All the money goes into some kind of trust and won't be touched until the conclusion of the contest.

If you want to enter, send your 500 word essay and $100 to:
Colorado Home Essay Contest
PO Box 436
Fort Collins, CO 80522.

Include your name, mailing address, phone and e-mail. Cashiers checks or money orders should be made out to Colorado Home Essay Contest. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (I guess in case they have to return the fees). The winner will be notified May 31. The judges are an independent panel of five people.

Be aware you'll have to pay taxes if you win the house, just like if you won the lotto.

For all you people stuck with a mortgage you can't afford, I send positive thoughts out into the universe and hope the coming year will bring better fortune - or at least an essay contest of your own.


Anonymous said...

"Win a House in this Essay Writing Contest - Courtesy Of The Mortgage Crisis". Much Appreciable Act. This is brilliant idea and the price of this contest is amazing. People will definitely think about it will be a part of it.

Anonymous said...

Wow I want to join this contest and win a house. This prize is really cool and because of the price itself, tons of writer will surely join this contest

Anonymous said...

Win a House in this Essay Writing Contest - Courtesy Of The Mortgage Crisis: That is seriously great. When this contest will arrange again?

Budget101 said...

We are also giving away our Northern Wisconsin Home in an Essay contest. A family member suggested it and we thought, in light of the mortgage crisis and how difficult it is for someone to purchase a new house, it would be a great way to help someone out.

just another day in paradise said...

Get ready for the contest of a lifetime:

ESSAY 101 to begin 12/1/08 - win a custom, never-before lived-in, sweetheart cottage on the Big Island of Hawaii. Help drive traffic to the site and you will be entered in a drawing for a free weekend at Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

"Win a Home in Hawaii" - how cool is that!? And I like it that you plan to do more than help yourself, by giving $$ to local schools. I like the "let's all win!" attitude.

I hope to send some friends to sign up because I'd love to win the extra drawing to stay at your B&B on the Big Island! ( Great incentive.

Anonymous said...

I am thinking of putting my house in a writing contest. $100 or $200 no more than 2000 makeing it 1:2000 chances of winning.
Let me know if you would. 100 words or less.

Sheri Smith said...

We decided that a little old weekend wasn’t enough, we want to share our paradise for longer!
So we're giving away a WEEK stay at the Castle ... instead of only a weekend.
Please share this link: We made it “mo betta” 8-)
Aloha and Mahalo. In a climate of bad news, foreclosure, economic downturn, recession and other ugly and depressing words that bombard us daily, an inspirational story based on either of these words will win this custom-built, never-lived-in Hawaii dream home. This concept deserves a look to inspire Americans. And for those in climates of FREEZING weather… well, the chance to live in paradise…?
AmeriCANS are coming up with creative ways to help ourselves (no bailout here), others (winner of the home) and our local schools (the beneficiaries of a substantial donation who are depending on our success.) There is a 1 in 6000 chance of winning the home – better than ANY state lottery.
Here’s the URL on WomenEntrepreneur:
We’ve offered Oprah an exclusive to award the home and the donation to the schools on her show. We can only hope she accepts.
Help us make history and not be a victim of the economy!
PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! We CANNOT be successful UNLESS people know about it.
Feel free to forward (bcc) this email… actually - PLEASE… forward this email…. And come visit us in paradise…the castle is on the front of our community and our doors are always open. Aloha and Mahalo! A hui ho, John Williams

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