AN Essay Contest HOSTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
DOTDASH MEREDITH & REAL SIMPLE
14 Girls Write Now mentees share mini- and mega-moments of clarity in these personal essays.
Epiphanies don’t need to be grand to change our lives—to shake us awake and ask us to begin shaping new ways of being and seeing. In these reflections, 14 young writers invite us into their homes and their hospital beds, to the roller rink and the rock climbing gym, to their college campuses, high-school hallways and beyond to revisit their own revelations.
Along the way, they chronicle resilience, relinquish beliefs that no longer serve them, and cultivate a reverence for the everyday that we can all learn from.
More About Girls Write Now’s Collaboration with Dotdash Meredith
We launched our partnership with an intergenerational workshop: Dotdash Meredith employees—mentors for the day—helped Girls Write Now mentees ideate and draft essays, taking their work to the next level before submitting to the My Simple Realization Essay contest. A panel of Real Simple editors then judged the entries, selecting winners based on originality, creativity, technical writing skills and relevance to the contest theme.
Chelsea Lin’s essay, Each Tremolo Reminds Me, won the Grand Prize and she went on to work directly with Real Simple’s editors to prepare the piece for publication.
My Simple Realization: An Essay Contest & Story Collection
14 Girls Write Now mentees share mini- and mega-moments of clarity in these personal essays. This contest was produced in partnership with Dotdash Meredith and the team at Real Simple as part of the SeeHer Initiative.