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$$$ Free Essay Writing Contest $$$

Sunday, July 9th, 2017


ExpertAssignmentHelp, an online tutoring company, will run a year-long essay competition. They will announce 13 prize winners.

Name: Essay Writing Competition 2017
Task: Write essay in fluent English and with depth on the topic
Length:  800 – 1000 words
Start date: 10 July 2017
Last date: 31 August 2017
Prize money: $850 
Eligibility: Open for all (FREE)
Participation Fees: Zero

This competition is FREE.


1st Prize: $450

2nd Prize: $250

3rd Prize: $150

10 consolation prizes: Authorship on our blogs and 1 printed mug. 

Essay topics (The topics might change each month)

1. My horror story regarding Plagiarism.
2. My experience of first day at university.
3. My idea for academic evaluation of students at university.
4. The future of university education in 22nd century.
5. My first internship experience.
6. Job or Startup after University?
7. Coping studies along with part-time job.
8. Studies, Love, Passion… A deadly combination.
9. Getting my first job after university.
10. 5 things you would change in your university.


Kindly fill this form to confirm your registration (Compulsory)


  • Choosing more than one topic is allowed. More than one submission is allowed.
  • The decision of the judges of ExpertAssignmentHelp will be final and binding.
  • ExpertAssignmentHelp reserves the right to use all the submitted  entries for whatsoever purpose they deem fit.
  • All entries will be checked for plagiarism. Plagiarized articles will be rejected and the participant will be banned from participating in any future competition as well.
  • Language for the essays will be English only. .
  • Participating in the event means that you agree to abide by all the rules of  ExpertAssignmentHelp.
  • You should be the only author of your essay. Co-authorship is not allowed.
  • Formats accepted are .doc, .docx, .rtf
  • Your essay document name should be in this form : <yourname>_<SEWC> and should be emailed to

Judgement Criteria

You will be allotted points under three sections as explained below. Finally, points from all the three segments will be added to judge the winners. The three segments are explained below.

 Essay Content 

  • Maintain word limit: Your essay should be in between 800- 1000 words.
  • The essay is to be written in perfect English language.
  • Your essay should be 100% plagiarism free. It will be checked on plagiarism check software before being considered.
  • Use active voice, multiple paragraphs to make it readable, add pictures to make it engaging and interesting.
  • Your story telling capability will be judged.

For more information, visit


Writers – Do you like movies? Technology! Enter this essay contest for $!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

media-technology-illustration-with-mobile-phone  movietickets

Which Is The Better Essay Contest

You can write on any of the topics below.  Or you can also write on any topic related to technology.

  1. How Movies Affect Our Lives


      2. How Android Changed The World


March 31st, 2017.


Movies , Android , Mobile ,Technology

Entry Fees

No submission fees


1st Prize (1 winner) :  Cash $300 + 1 year Premium Movie and Music  Subscription (Worth 250$)

2nd Prize (3 winner) : Cash $100 + 1 year Premium Movie and Music  Subscription (Worth 250$)

3rd Prize (5 winner):  Premium Android apps (worth 150$)

Eligibility needs:-

The competition is open to all writers.

How to Apply:-

* Essay should be minimum 300 words  and maximum 2000 words.

* The essay ought to be free from plagiarism. Repetition of written material isn’t acceptable.

* The essay should be written in English.

* In the subject line of your email, please include:-

1. Personal Details (Name, Phone, and Address).

2. Your story name

3. Your age

Send the document to

Enter Farmer’s Almanac’s 2016 Essay Contest!

Monday, December 7th, 2015


The 2016 Essay Contest Topic

U.S. Readers:  “A New U.S. National Holiday We Need—and Why” 

Canadian Readers: “A New Canadian National Holiday We Need—and Why”

Cash prizes (first, $250; second, $150; third, $100) will be awarded for the best essay (in 200 words or less).

Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2016. Winners will be contacted and published in The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac and published on

All entries become the property of Yankee Publishing, which reserves all rights to the material.

Enter here:

Why YOU should write your story!

Monday, August 31st, 2015


My mother and a few siblings overcoming their past.

Family stories are important in sharing bonds with each other and imparting family history. But for children, appreciating family stories actually increases their self-esteem. Since kids learn from our stories, it’s important to write them down while we can.  And as truthfully as we can.

From small details to larger stories, my mother’s sister revised history.

“Mother and Father?” muttered my mom after my aunt shared a story about their parents.  “They were Ma and Pa in our family.”

Suddenly, gone were the lean years.  My grandfather never drank.  All was rosy in their past lives.

Why do families change their stories?

“It sounds better,” said my mom, of her sister’s tales.  “But it’s not true.”

“Mom,” I assured her.  “It wasn’t your fault you were poor and your pa was an alcoholic.”

Understanding why people act the way they do gives more layers of meanings to family stories. But for families sharing a legacy, the Pollyanna picture rather than grim reality is easier for them to face and they won’t have to fear possible judgement.

Actually sharing the less-than-picture-perfect tales are vital for family members.  We learn from longings, wishes, and regrets.  Cautionary tales show how to learn and move beyond mistakes, sorrows, and tragedies.  People grow from these experiences and strengthen bonds perhaps more than through the happy, contented moments in our lives.

“There’s nothing to writing,” said author Red Smith.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”

Writing Prompts:

  1.  Write about your life from the moment of your first memories.   Use photos to jog your memory.
  2. What was going on in the world during the time?  Your community?  Neighborhood? You may begin your stories chronologically, but you don’t have to stick to this format.   What moments in your life were emotional for you?  Why?  Your favorite moments, scary times, funny anecdotes, and tragedies all should be explored.
  3. Interview others in your life as you grew up.  What is their take on the experiences you shared together?
  4. Listen to music of the time.  Remember the foods you ate.  Senses help us to recall our thoughts and actions.


The Final Frontier

Thursday, August 27th, 2015


For someone whose idea of a vacation is the clean, crisp scent of pine trees, squirrels scampering, deer delicately nibbling leaves, and gentle ocean breezes, Las Vegas wasn’t on my 1000 Places to Vacation list.

But when I discovered my East Coast son was attending a conference there and our friends Denise and Mike Okuda would be speaking at a Star Trek Convention at the same time, a trip to Las Vegas was in the cards.

(Did you know the pun is the lowest form of humor?)

I’d never watched Star Trek other than to read a book in the same room with Star Trek: Voyager on for my son, so to say I was a fish-out-of-water at this convention is an understatement.

(*clichés are predictable and unimaginative.  Avoid them like the plague.)

Although I thought I had nothing in common with Star Trek fans, I discovered their friendliness, passion, and joy contagious!!  Fans of all ages dressed in creative costumes and willingly posed for pictures.  Their energy turned the event into one big party! !!

(*Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!!!)

Getting into the spirit of things, and trying to belong, I saw a tall man in costume which looked vaguely familiar.  “Chewbacca?” I asked my son.


“Mom, that’s Star WARS,” he said.

It’s good to ask questions, I reminded myself.

The Star Trek culture has been so beloved and ingrained within our culture the Smithsonian is opening an exhibit on Star Trek in July 2016, the show’s 50th anniversary.  Mike and Denise Okuda’s new book, encyclo_book

will be released at the same time.  Mike Okuda, Scenic Arts Supervisor, was nominated for Emmy Awards in Outstanding Special Visual Effects.  His wife, Denise, a scenic artist and computer/ video supervisor, is the co-author of this two-volume edition.

“We were bombarded with questions from NASA,” said Mike at the convention.  “We tried to be so far ahead of current technology –at least visually.”

In a turn of events as strange as green aliens on earth, Star Trek not only became an icon for fans, but for NASA scientists who contacted them for ideas.

You don’t have to attend a Star trek Convention to boldly go where no man has gone before to create your own science fiction or fantasy world.

Writing Prompts:

  1. Create your own world.  How far can your imagination go?  Describe the inhabitants, government, environment, character goals.   Let these ideas simmer for a while, building upon them as you take walks, daydream, and sleep.
  2. Begin crafting your own story, using your new world’s parameters.
  3. Experiment with different genres.   Poetry, graphics, music, short story.
  4. Writing rules.  Know them before you break them.

(*A nod to William Safire’s list of writing rules from the New York Times.)





Everyone Needs a Treehouse

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015


 As a child, my favorite place was the cluster of trees which grew behind my childhood home. As a neighborhood hangout, several of the nearby children and I spent hours play-making here.  The trees provided a leafy canopy roof to the playhouse. I’d sweep the mud floor with a large branch, a nod to housekeeping.

Stones and the natural slope of the earth provided three clear rooms.  The living room’s entryway was marked by a worn path to low, overhanging branches, concealing our treasured hideaway and creating a cozy canopied roof.  A natural rise in dirt served as a couch while a rock became a chair.

Stepping above the couch was the bedroom, a small platform where an old doll slept.  She was someone else’s cast-off, my discovered treasure from an earlier exploring expedition deeper in the forest.

The kitchen, off to the left of the living room, consisted of piles of sticks and rocks serving as the stove and counter.  A path from the kitchen led to the backyard, which led to another grove of trees.  Here someone had built an actual wooden house in a tree.  A tree house, a house surrounded by trees, and yet a third structure:  tall, dried reeds, tilted together as a tee-pee.   Mother Nature provided Disneyland-like adventures for any child with an imagination.


Ever since my youth I have sought out trees.  When my husband and I searched for a house and we discovered one amidst large, tall oak trees, we knew we were home.   The deck places me inside the branches.  This is where I relax, write, and meditate.

Writing Prompts:

  1. Even if you only have a small corner, you can create your own space.  Where is your place of comfort, imagination, and peace?
  2. Use your comfort place as an inspiration for a poem, story, or art work.
  3. Write about a time where you sought a setting to feed your creative spirit.
  4. What’s your favorite trip or adventure where you discovered a new setting which you loved?  Write about this place and your experience.


Of Wishes, Rain, and People We Miss

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

It’s raining!  I can’t believe it.  Zoie Dog is getting plenty of “good sniffs” as she sleeps and wanders in front of our screened deck door.  When faced with lack of water, we appreciate how valuable it is.  Its gentle pitter patter reminds me of the gentleness of my dad.  Dad’s quiet sense of humor seemed magnified when he moved out to California after my mom died.  My dad’s hugs, spiritual reverence, and avid love of all things sports were contagious.  Even I, no sports fiend, still feel his excitement when the Giants or Packers win. In moments like those, I talk to my dad, knowing deep in my soul he hears me. Elmer Koehler 1948   My mom and I were even closer, talking about religion, politics, recipes and more.  I miss her sense of humor and empathy most.   She and Dad lived in Wisconsin while I was in California.  Phone conversations did well at bridging the gap, but I did wish they’d move out near us.  Many times I find myself wishing I could call to ask her opinion or share a special moment.  What would Mom do?   I ask myself.   So I think my thoughts to her, feeling she too, listens. Helen Harnik 1940's I love the moments when Mom and Dad visit me in dreams.  These are vivid images, where my sense of smell is sharpened. When Mom brought me flowers in one dream, their scent followed me through my day.  When they hug me, I feel them after I wake.  At first I thought my imagination provided these scenes, but when they predict the future and it comes true, I feel their reality. While Dad was alive, Mom would begin an action and thought in Dad’s dream and finish it in mine.  The universe is connected.  I’m comforted by that thought as I listen to the peaceful rain, a small miracle in our drought-ridden land. Writing Prompts:

  1.  Write a scene where you or your character interacts with weather.   Show the protagonist’s thoughts and values through internal and external dialogue and action.
  2. Dig back into your past.  Write a scene where you were impacted by weather in some way.
  3. Do any of your characters need to deal with loss?  How do they show their emotions?
  4. Write about a loss you have faced.
  5. Loss inspires good actions.  How have you seen this to be true?

Meet Zeus!

Friday, May 1st, 2015


Meet Zeus.   He’s about 7 months old, according to a local German Shepard Rescue group.  My neighbor, Hilde, is fostering him.  Last week she discovered a hard lump near his shoulder.  On Tuesday, Zeus had surgery where the vet found yet another tumor behind the first one.  We talked to the doctor when we came to pick up Zeus.

“I removed the tumors, but it doesn’t look good,” the vet said.

“What’s the percentage chance that it’s cancer?” Hilde asked.

“Five percent that it isn’t,” he replied.

Tears filled her eyes.

“We don’t know for sure,” I said.  “Let’s wait to see what the biopsy says.”

A loopy but still loving Zeus met us and we guided him into the van.  Back in Hilde’s driveway, she and my husband, Bob carried him into the house.

The next morning, still on painkillers, Zeus greeted me with romps and kisses.

“Wow, he’s amazing,” I told Hilde.

“It’s hard to realize he’s sick,” she said.

Today I answered the phone in my office.

“Liz,” said Hilde.  “He doesn’t have cancer.”

“He doesn’t?!”

“He doesn’t,” she said.  “All that worry for nothing.”

We were silent, each thinking about the doctor’s sobering –and incorrect—prediction.

“How could he have said that to me?” she said.

“I know.  Remember Bob’s doctor?” I reminded her.

Years ago, my husband’s constant coughing sent him to his physician who administered an x-ray.  It showed a huge growth in his right lung.  “Cancer,” the doctor said.

We saw an oncologist, who seconded the bad news, pointing out the ugliness on the films.  It seemed to take over Bob’s right lung, as it seemed to take over our lives.

The doctor called a few days before Christmas.  He said we’d have to wait until January to see a lung specialist who would perform an MRI.  Surgery and chemo was sure to follow.

“What if it’s something contagious?” I asked Bob’s doctor.  Maybe it’s TB or an infection?  If he’s contagious, maybe we should cancel our Christmas party?”

The doctor sighed.   “He’s not contagious.  Live your life.  Enjoy your holidays.”


A few weeks later, the lung doctor questioned us thoroughly.  “I think you have an infection,” he said to Bob.  “Let’s try antibiotics first.”

You can guess what happened.  The drugs cleared up the “tumor.”  Bob’s coughing stopped.

Now when I begin to worry about something out of my control, I try and pre-empt myself.  Do I know beyond a doubt it’s true?

Writing Prompts:

  1. How do your characters face conflicts and tragedy in their lives?  Do they roll easily with life’s ups and downs?  Deny them?  Face them with humor, emotional resiliency, or abject horror?  Write a few scenes with scenarios that could happen to your protagonist.
  2. Write the outcomes of these scenes.  Try different resolutions.  Which one feels right?
  3. Choose a scenario to read to your writing group.  Make sure you ask the write questions as to how to improve your scenes.
  4. Don’t worry.  Over time, your writing does improve!    20150421_164719
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25% less? You kidding?

Friday, April 10th, 2015


25%    That’s how much we Californians must cut our water usage.  Since we’ve already been conserving, it isn’t going to be easy.  But we will do it.

How many words are in your latest manuscript?  Cut 25% of them.

It won’t be easy?  Yes, it’s difficult at first, but soon it becomes addictive.  Make it a game.

How concise can you write?

Writing Prompts:

  1.  Note how many words you’ve written.  Read your piece out loud.  Begin with the last sentence.   Check for clarity.  Are the tenses right?  Can you say that sentence any more succinctly?
  2. Put your writing away for a while.   Time is your friend.  When you read it again, you’ll see your words through fresh eyes.
  3. Share it with a writing friend or writers’ group.
  4. How many words is your piece now?  Have you shortened the word length by at least 25%?

Write Your Way Through Doggy Dementia?

Monday, March 23rd, 2015



Zoie, my eighteen-year-old Yorkshire terrier, suffers from dementia.  Who knew dogs could have people diseases?  She’s deaf and blind, so when we pet her, we place our hand in front of her nose first, so she won’t be shocked when we give her “good scritches.”

On good days, Zoie walks without bumping into walls and furniture, goes to her newspapers to wait, showing us she’s ready to go outside.  On a walk through the neighborhood, she begins slowly, but picks up speed until those sniffs require her attention.

On bad days, Zoie bangs into walls, loses her balance and looks puzzled as if to say, “Why am I here?”  She’ll stand in a corner, forgetting how to back out of it.  She’ll awake from a nap and lose control of her bladder and bowels, not knowing she’s had accidents.

My heart aches for her physical and mental losses.  I already miss her knowing her time on earth is limited.  So I’m learning to appreciate each moment Zoie is in our lives, giving kisses, cuddles, pushing her nose into our hands for treats.

I’ve got one ear listening for her as I write.  She needs to go outside every two hours, except for the evening, thankfully.  I no longer write for hours at a time, forgetting where I am.  I take frequent breaks.   One friend asked how I could write with half of my usual attention.  Habit.  I now know how another friend wrote complete books on her ten minute breaks at work.

Appreciate your daily life through interruptions, work, and play.   Slow down for those good sniffs and moments of joy.

Writing Prompts:

  1.  Are you writing regularly in your life?  Creating art?  If not, make a small goal.  Write for ten or fifteen minutes a day.  Think about your creation another ten or fifteen minutes.
  2. A habit is made when you do it more than once.  How many days can you keep a good, creative habit?  Soon it will be like brushing your teeth.
  3. At the end of the day, recall three moments of sensory details you enjoyed.  What was your happiest moment?   Write about these.  You’ll soon be searching for them regularly.