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The write way to make money

January 22, 2008|By FEDORA COPLEY / Pulse Correspondent

For Vijay-Kumar Solanki, money can be a very helpful tool. In this case, a tool for tempting teens to write.

Sokanki is a member of the Washington County Commission for Women, a nonprofit organization that addresses womens' issues and advocates womens' rights. The WCCW organizes an essay contest every year to honor women's history month. This year, the topic is "women in politics."

The idea is to write a 500 to 2,000-word essay that examines a woman in politics (local is ideal but not a requirement) "who you admire, who you want to be like," said Solanki.

When Solanki talks to teens about writing, they can be less than enthusiastic. But, Solanki said, when "I mentioned the money, they were like 'that's my new camera!'"

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First prize is $300, followed by $200 and $100 for second and third, respectively. You can even get $50 for honorable mention.

So what makes a good essay?

"The number one thing is if the person is serious about what they're writing. Do they care about it? Can I feel that [they're] really passionate about it?" Solanki explained.

He has been a judge in the past, and said that reading 40-some essays can be tedious. A good idea is to keep it concise and snappy.

If you're interested and in eighth through 12th grade, you can find more information on the Web at www.wccw.info. The essay must be received through snail-mail or e-mail by 3 p.m. Feb. 1. See the Web site for details.

And by the way, you don't have to be a girl to enter.

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