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Real Simple Life Lesson Essay Contest

What was the most dramatic change you have ever had to make?

“Maybe you had to move cross-country after being relocated for a job, opening up new possibilities along with fears. Or maybe you needed to sell your house or leave an apartment before you expected to. How did that situation influence the rest of your life? If one unavoidable shift changed your world—for good and bad—in enduring ways, write it down and share it with Real Simple.”

Send your typed, double-spaced submission to

1,500 words maximum.

Deadline: 11:50 pm, September 19, 2016.

Read the 2016 Winning Essay How I Made My Best Friend During the Worst Tragedy of My Life, by Diane Penney.

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