This Glamour Magazine Writing Contest is Free to Enter (Winner Gets $5K!)

As always, this month’s cover of Glamour features a pretty woman, some cleavage and shouty cover lines including “558 STYLE GOALS.”

But, what the cover doesn’t exclaim is something that (in my opinion) deserves the loudest coverline of all: GLAMOUR IS HOSTING A WRITING CONTEST, AND THE WINNER TAKES HOME $5,000.

(I really hope you internally shouted that as you read it.)

The Deets on Glamour Magazine’s Writing Contest

This writing contest is free to enter — and most importantly, the deadline is rapidly approaching: Nov. 1.

Your prompt? You can’t write about just anything, of course. Glamour wants stories about its female readers’ life-changing moments. (Sorry, boys.) The piece needs to hover between 2,500 and 3,500 words — typed, double-spaced, just like high school.

Your prize? Five thousand dollars, your name and story published in Glamour and a chance to speak with a “top” New York literary agent.

The fine print? The contest is open to legal residents of the U.S. who are 18 years or older as of Nov. 1.

How to Enter Glamour Magazine’s Writing Contest

Submission is simple. Visit

You’ll type in your basic information and copy and paste your essay (formatted in paragraphs) in the open slot. (And ignore the part that says November 1, 2014. Looks like Glamour missed that one.)

If you’re old school, you can snail-mail your typed manuscript and address it to:

“My Real-Life Story” to Glamour, Essay Contest

One World Trade Center, 30th Floor

New York, New York

Be sure to include your name, age, address, daytime and evening phone numbers and email address.

You can only enter once.

Do note that once you submit your essay, it becomes property of Conde Nast and will not be returned. The copyright is still yours, but you’re basically giving Glamour permission to publish it — which would be awesome because that means you won!

You’ll find out if you’re the winner by May 1.

Scope out all the fine print at Then, start writing — or polish up an old piece — and send it in.

Good luck, folks, and I’d like a portion of that $5,000 if you win.

Just kidding.

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Your Turn: What’s life-changing moment will you write about?

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.