My colleagues Mark and Tim at Soul Shelter are holding a contest. They’re giving away $2,000 in prizes to people who share real-life stories about balancing fortune and fulfillment. Here’s more information:

All entries must be nonfiction and 400-1,500 words in length. Essays should tell a true story based on the author’s personal experience and relating to the Soul Shelter theme of “balancing fortune and fulfillment, or getting a living while having a life.” We’re interested in personal, affecting, and inspiring entries more than slick writing. There are no entry fees, and there will be no future attempts to sell or market anything to entrants.

If you’d like to enter, please read the FAQ carefully and read posts at Soul Shelter to get a sense of the style and subject matter. Some of my favorites include:

I’m always encouraging GRS readers to find new ways to make extra money — this contest is an ideal way to do that. Prizes include $1,000 for the top entrant, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place. Five runners-up will receive $50 each. Entries must be received by 01 July 2008. For more information, read the announcement at Soul Shelter.

While you’re there, check out this recent interview with me about my own journey to personal fulfillment.

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