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Think back on the instant when everything became clear. The split second when you realized that you had chosen the right career. Or the moment when you knew that your dearest friendship would last forever. Whether your epiphany changed your life or just made your day, write it down and share it with us.

Enter Real Simple’s seventh annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000.

Send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document) to . Contest begins at 12:01 A.M. EST on May 9, 2014, and runs through 11:50 P.M. EST on September 18, 2014. All submitted essays must be nonfiction. Open to legal residents of the United States age 19 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (Entries will not be returned.)

Click here to read , the powerful runner-up in the first Life Lessons essay contest.

Enter Real Simple’s eighth annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000.


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Contest begins at 12:01 A.M. EST on May 13, 2013, and runs through 11:50 P.M. EST on September 19, 2013. – 2014 Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest


Real Simple magazine is seeking entries for its annual Life Lessons Essay Contest, which awards $3,000 to the writer who has written the best essay of non-fiction

I have always believed that being a physician is a calling, and I have found that most of the patients I have encountered over the years have believed that, too. But I had come to question that belief on the day when Mrs. Lewis called my old, beaten-up cell phone from her brand new one. She was still alive, and doing well, and maybe that is because fate brought us together on that pivotal day over a decade ago. What I have no doubt about now is that the same power was at work over the cellular airwaves in my moment of great need as well. As Mrs. Lewis herself undoubtedly knows, in her own wise way: doctors need saving sometimes, too.



Read the essay from this year’s first place winner .

Life Lessons Essay Contest: What Single Decision Changed Your Life?


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Send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document) to . Contest began at 12:01 a.m. EST on Monday, May 11, 2015, and runs through 11:50 p.m. EST on Monday, September 21, 2015. All submitted essays must be non-fiction. Open to legal residents of the United States age 19 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (entries will not be returned.)

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