Essay Contest

And the winners are..

Evaluations for our 2013 Essay Contest have finally been concluded. Congratulations to all winners who were selected by a jury of writers, scholars, and editors.

1st Place - The Only Memory by Magdalena Rusanova, Leiden, Netherlands
2nd Place - Embrace Mortality by Noble Lee, Houston, MN, USA
3rd Place - Mother Always Told Me by Janet Fichter, Lakewood, USA

Honorable Mention - Missing Pieces by Caroline Lancaster, Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Honorable Mention - The Watermelon Towel by Elizabeth Harmatys Park, Burlington, Wisconsin, USA

We thank each one of the participants and appreciate all contributions.

The Fountain Editorial Board

What’s Your Motto?

The Fountain 2013 Essay Contest

    We have received hundreds of essays from four corners of the world, and qualifications and shortlisting will certainly take some time. We hope you will bear with us in the meantime, as our board will read and grade these submissions and try to choose the best among them. Keep in touch!

    In celebration of its 20th anniversary, The Fountain welcomed 2013 with a new motto: On Life, Knowledge and Belief.

    Having spent over two decades exploring life and its many meanings, we’ve come to believe that knowledge and belief are the two most important tools for life’s journey.

    We believe these three words summarize what we want to embody in our magazine. Life is existence, with all its dimensions and veils. Knowledge is the human effort to remove these veils to reveal the truth beyond them. And belief is what gives truth its meaning and relevance to our being.

    So, what’s you motto in life? What was it before, and what is it now? If you were to choose three words to sum up your motto, what would they be? In an essay outlining your philosophy on life, share with us your thoughts and insights.

    • Contest open to all writers worldwide
    • Essay word count must be between 1,500 and 2,500 words
    • Essays must be submitted through the essay contest page at
    • Cash prizes:
    1st Place - $1,500
    2nd Place - $750
    3rd Place - $300
    Two Honorable Mentions - $200 each

    Essay submission deadline   For more information:
    September 15, 2013