What was the most dramatic change you ever had to make?
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Maybe you had to move cross-country after being relocated for a job, opening up new possibilities along with fears. Or maybe you needed to sell your house or leave an apartment before you expected to. How did that situation influence the rest of your life? 

Read last year’s winners: Irene Hopkins took first place in her story about how a family of 4 made a sailboat their home. Read the essay here.

Other Winners

Denise Guenzi Bekkedahl of Portland, Oregon, took second place, and Anne Royan of Savannah, Georgia, won third prize.