| ||November 2014 Writing Contest |
MONTHLY WRITING CONTESTS: StageofLife.com hosts monthly international writing contests. Answer the real-world writing prompt below to share your thoughts and experiences as we change the world, one story at a time. View winners of past writing contests.
Writing Contest: Food for Thought
“Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale."
- Elsa Schiaparelli
"Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Whether it was our mom's homemade lasagna or a memorable chocolate birthday cake, food has a way of transporting us back to the past."
- Homaro Cantu
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How to Submit Your
In 500 words or less, using the blue "Submit Essay" button, write a personal narrative about your food traditions or a food memory.
Background: November begins the fall harvest, when families gather to celebrate nature’s food bounty, to express thanks and gratitude, and to practice time honored food traditions. For our November writing contest, we want your food stories.
Maybe your food story revolves around the holidays and how your family bakes together or cooks together. Maybe when you think about food memories you are transported into your grandmother’s kitchen with fresh bread baking in the oven. Possibly when you think of food, your ideas lean towards your favorite take out spot or restaurant or maybe even an ice cream truck that always visited your neighborhood. Maybe when you think of food you conjure up images of the best meal you ever ate either in your own home or out to eat.
What’s your food memory story?
Consider these thoughts when you write your essay (don’t answer all these questions, but use them as a launching point to mine your memories for ideas):
- When you think of the holidays, does food factor into your thoughts? How? Why?
- Do you love to cook or are you addicted to The Food Network or cooking shows?
- Do you and your family have traditions revolving around food that aren’t holiday related?
- What is the best meal you ever ate?
- Do you have a favorite restaurant that either you or you and your family frequent?
Click the blue "Submit Essay" button to the right to upload your story and enter the writing contest.
- Are there food “claim to fames” based on where you live (ex: Chicago Deep Dish, Philly Cheesesteak)
Title of Essay:
When you submit your essay, title it as: "Food for Thought: ______"
Include the phrase "Food for Thought" as the beginning of your essay title, but then make the rest of your story title unique. Examples...
- Food for Thought: Dinner Charms and Food Critics
- Food for Thought: Making Spaetzle with my Oma
- Food for Thought: Feeding the Homeless on Thanksgiving
Three simple rules for the Stage of Life writing contest.
1) This is a Non-Fiction essay contest.
2) Essays are 500 words or less.
3) Essay must be your original work.
Midnight November 30th, 2014 Pacific Time US
Finalists, Runners Up, and the Winner will be posted on our writing contest winners page after December 26, 2014.
Writing Contest Resources
Videos about Food Memories:
The Hundred-Foot Journey - "Food Is Memories"
A short clip from the movie “The Hundred Food Journey” with the quotation “Food is memories”
Inspired meal memories from food All-Stars
Writing Contest Prize Package
- The person who writes the 1st place essay will receive gift cards compliments of our education sponsors, SpaWeek and Applebee's.
- National press release exposure for your essay from StageofLife.com
- Bragging rights
Winners will be contacted via a post on their story once judging is complete (approx. 30 days after contest ending). An email will be sent to the winner to get the address for the prize package approx. 1-2 months afterwards.
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EXTRA INFORMATION AND RULES FOR THE WRITING CONTEST...
Be Real. Be Yourself: The strongest submissions for this essay contest will use a personal tone and point-of-view writing style that shares your thoughts on the topic. If you want to make your essay even stronger, we recommend doing a little research and adding quotes or a statistic (or two).
- Essays should be 500 words or less.
- You are welcome to blog on StageofLife.com as much as you want, but only ONE essay submission per user for the writing contest is allowed.
- Please be creative with your title, then type or cut and paste your full essay from a program like NotePad or TextEdit (don't use any formatting - just text, please) into the Story Details field (which will appear after you click the Submit Essay button above.
- Adjust the spacing of your essay within the essay submit form.
- Title your essay using the instructions above so our Editors can find it in the story feeds in your life stage homepage on the website. Example: Here's where the high school student submissions get posted - High School
- StageofLife.com is a non-partisan literacy initiative. We judge the writing contest submissions not on the political or religious stance of our writers, but rather on how creative, original, passionate, and well written the essays are. See below for more details on our judging policy.
- Read these tips for good essay writing to be considered a writing contest finalist
- You will need to login to StageofLife.com to submit your writing contest entry. If you don't have a StageofLife.com login, please register for StageofLife.com (it's free).
Prize Package: The winning writer will receive...
- A highlight as the Winning Essay on StageofLife.com
- Prize from the writing contest sponsor mentioned above.
- A mention and link to your essay in Stage of Life's national monthly press release - here's a link to one of our press releases for reference.
- NOTE: Winners will be contacted via a post on their story once judging is complete (approx. 30 days after contest ending). An email will be sent to the winner to get the address for the prize package approx. 2-3 months afterwards.
Free Essay Contest:
This is a free writing contest. StageofLife.com does not require a submission fee. ONE ESSAY ENTRY PER PERSON FOR THE WRITING CONTEST. However, you are welcome to blog about your life or other topics outside of this writing contest at any time on StageofLife.com
Last day of the month at midnight Pacific Standard Time (US). StageofLife.com time stamps all essays in Greenwich Mean Time (England) as we are an international writing initiative. International submissions are welcome.
Of the submitted essays to StageofLife.com for a given writing contest prompt, one student winner and one adult winner will be selected. The winner and semi-finalists will be announced after the 20th of the following month. Winner and semi-finalists will be contacted by a StageofLife.com staffer via the email used to register for the website.
As we state in our Writing Contest Rules and Judging Criteria, student writers selected as our national essay finalists and winner(s) will demonstrate strong writing skills, a unique point-of-view, personal tone, originality, and realness in their essay.
The reason that journalists and organizations ranging from TIME.com to Mint Education have featured our essays (especially our teen posts) in the national media is because our bloggers all write from the heart. Real people sharing real stories about their lives. Combine this with our position as one of the only international, non-partisan, literacy platforms in the world and you'll find Stage of Life an open environment to share your ideas.
We'd like to encourage all participants and readers to make comments on these writing contest essays. Please just remember to keep all comments/posts/discussions civil and in good taste in each of the essay-blog threads, especially since some of our writing prompts are sensitive in nature. Nasty comments, personal attacks, or other such comments are not allowed and will be removed should they come to our attention.
If you have questions about the rules or judging criteria for our writing contests, you can visit our Rules & Judging Criteria page.
Last Words - Share Your Story:
Our hope is that your writing contest submission will positively impact others and help with our mission of making the world a better place, one story at a time. Your essay may inspire others or even better, give you an opportunity to share a story that's simply important to you.
After you've submitted your essay, feel free to share the link to your essay on Facebook or Twitter. Our essays are judged by real Editors, not popularity, but we do like to spread the word about our national, grassroots writing contest. Also, please share this writing contest with Language Arts, English and History teachers, or on your blog or website.
If you know a teacher who would like a Stage of Life writing contest poster for his or her classroom, have them contact us.
Read more about StageofLife.com and our mission
Good luck! Scroll back up and click on the "Submit Essay" button to upload your essay.