Have you entered a Maine essay contest yet?

 We’re here to help.

The widely publicized essay contest that awarded Maine’s Center Lovell Inn to a Brooklyn couple in 2015 has since spawned at least five copycat competitions. Alas, four of these — for an inn, a movie theater, and two plots of land — failed to attract the minimum number of entries (one contest, to win Ogunquit’s Almost Home Inn, is accepting essays through May 1). Want to be a surefire winner of Maine’s next essay giveaway scheme? Try this foolproof template.

Photo (above): Campfire at Lake Pemaquid Campground in May 2015 — by Amysturg

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