2023 Mother’s Day Essay Contest


Being a mother is perhaps one of the most rewarding–and sometimes challenging–jobs in the world. This year, we want to celebrate Mother’s Day by hosting a Mother’s Day Essay Contest!

Mother’s Day Essay Contest Rules

In your essay, written in first person, please describe to us your most memorable mother moments or what you love most about being a mother. Entries can be funny or heartwarming—it’s up to you!


– Essays must be 500 words or less
– Please include your name, phone number, email and home address along with your essay submission
– All entries must be submitted by email only [email protected] by Friday, May 12th, at midnight.

Essay Contest Prizes

The winning essay will be published in the summer issue of CharlottesvilleFamily Life & Home Magazine.

Only the winning essay writer will receive an amazing gift basket full of local goods from the Wine & Country Shop and a certificate of recognition. A copy of the summer issue will also be mailed to the winner, courtesy of CharlottesvilleFamily.

Limit to one submission per entrant. By entering, entrants warrant that her entry is original and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of a third party, has not been previously published in any medium and permits CharlottesvilleFamily to print or post the essay either in CharlottesvilleFamily’s magazine or online. By submitting, entrants grant the editors free license to edit, publish, promote or republish at any time. Judging will be completed by CharlottesvilleFamily’s editorial staff and will be based on originality, creativity, appropriateness to contest guidelines and overall writing quality. The judges’ decisions are final and binding. The winner will be notified by phone and/or email on or around May 14.

Prizes: The winning essay writer will receive a gift basket of local goods compliments of The Wine & Country Shop. The winner will be required to pick up the prize at 4282 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, upon being notified. No prizes can be mailed, emailed or reimbursed.

We look forward to reading your submissions!




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