Essay Contest


Participation for the essay contest has been closed.

We are grateful to all participants for their submissions. You have voiced your heartfelt feelings, exerted enormous brainwork, and revealed literary skills. For those who could not have finished their writing by now, you may note in your to-do list the next essay contest to be announced in Spring 2015.

This year’s contest marks the highest number of participation with over 700 submissions from 49 different countries.

Winners will be announced on January 30, 2015.

You and Your 100-Year-Old Self

The Fountain 100th Issue Essay Contest

    The Fountain invites you to join us in celebrating our 100th issue. Write an essay to yourself on your 100th birthday. What would you say to yourself at that age? What would your 100-year-old self tell you back? Would it be a conversation of praise and/or regret? Perhaps praise for the achievements in your career, but regrets about a lost family? Or warnings about the mistakes you made in your projected future or in your past; pitfalls you happened to be dragged into, temptations you could not resist; or celebrations for the good character you were able to display and sustain over a life; a precious life wasted or a life lived as it was meant to be.

    • 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:
    November 30, 2014