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 www.vanityfair.com. "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 vanityfair.com.