Writing Is Hard
Over the next several days, we'll be posting the winners and runners-up to the 2006 Lantern Essay Contest for you to read. You can already read the first prize winner's entry
. This year there were fewer entries than last year (150 as compared to 279), but that I suspect was because we didn't get entire high school classes entering! The quality of entries overall was higher, and it was nice to see that we still had quite a few entrants from overseas. We had expanded the range of topics people could write on, hoping we'd get a wider variety of essays; and we did.
Unfortunately, we learned that one of the winners had had her essay potentially accepted for "This I Believe"
on National Public Radio and, therefore, made herself ineligible to win. The lesson for all you future essay contest winners is that you only enter one essay for one medium at a time.
For all those of you who didn't win this time, then there's always next year. We'll be announcing our categories for the 2007 Lantern Essay Contest in September.