Generally I don't post any essay contests that include fees, but this one offers an opportunity of a lifetime: to own your own historic county inn and restaurant in Maine. Here are some of the details from Janice Sage, the owner (who also won the inn from the owners previous to her via an essay contest):
"Have you ever dreamed of owning a Country Inn and restaurant in New England? Well, here is your chance! Located in southwestern Maine overlooking the White Mountains is The Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant. In 1993, the former owner ran an essay contest and I was the winner. After 22 successful years, it is time for me to retire. Now, I would like to fulfill someone else’s dream.
The Inn was built in 1805, the barn on 1795 and the adjacent guest house in 1985. There are 7 guest units, two dining rooms, and a screened-in wrap-around porch overlooking the mountains, all on 12+- acres.
This area attracts guests from around the world for biking, hiking, skiing and all kinds of boating on beautiful Kezar Lake (across the street) and the many other lakes in this “Lake District” of Maine. Visit www.centerlovellinn.com for more details on the Inn and area."
To win you have to write a 200 word essay on why you would like to own and operate a country inn, and send that in along with a $125.00 entry fee. There are also some requirements the winner has to fulfill (like running the place as an inn for a year after winning.) To find out more, visit the official contest site here. Deadline: "Entries must be postmarked on or before May 7, 2015 and must arrive at the Center Lovell Post Office by May 17, 2015."