The contest is over.
The Will to Exist is sponsoring an essay contest open to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines serving with Multi-National Force Iraq (anywhere in the country of Iraq). If you left MNF-I within the last year, or have orders to MNF-I, or are currently serving here, you’re eligible to enter the contest.
In 500-1000 words, explain why you are in Iraq.
Contest submissions should be e-mailed to The Will to Exist. We will accept submissions from December 16, 2005 until February 16, 2006. All submissions become the property of willtoexist.com and Trevor Snyder.
Currently, a cash prize of $250 is being offered to the winner. The winning prize may increase as donations are received from readers of this blog. Additional prizes may also be awarded to runners-up as donations are received. Winner(s) will be selected by Trevor Snyder. The winning essay will be published on this blog and other blogs on March 1, 2006 and may be republished elsewhere. The winning author(s) will receive a byline.
The goal of this essay contest is to promote the American public’s awareness of the situation in Iraq and to help spread a better understanding of what it is like to be an American serviceperson serving in theater.
Please include appropriate contact info with your entry. At minimum, we need an e-mail address and mailing address that will remain active through March, 2006.
This contest has its genesis in the idea that this war will be won or lost based not on weapons or troop strength but based on public perception. Without the support of the American public, Iraq will not become free.
Want to help spread the word?
If you’re reading this and aren’t entering the contest but like the idea, and you blog too, how about helping to spread the word? Post a link to this page, or contact me and let me know you want to trade links. I’ll happily post a link to your blog in exchange for one that spreads the word about this contest.
Just pick an image below, cut and paste the code below that image into your blog or web site and that’s it. Thanks for you support!
January 31, 2006
Due to a generous reader contribution, the prize amount has been increased to $300.