Thanks a generous reader, the essay contest prize is now $300. I have only received two entries to date, and the deadline for receiving entries is Feb. 15, about two weeks away. So encourage someone you know who has been to Iraq or is in Iraq serving with the coalition military to submit an entry.
To all of you who made the contest possible through your donations, thanks so much. The same goes to those of you who have posted links back to the contest page. If you can post a link or banner, please do so. Instructions are here.