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The Facts & Arguments essay turns 25 in June. To help us launch our silver-jubilee year we’re issuing a challenge: The week of June 8 to 12, we’ll run the best five personal essays we receive on the theme Moment of Truth. Maybe for you it was a straw that broke the camel’s back, or perhaps you reached a pivot point and made a huge change in your life. You quit your job, left your spouse, moved home or away. Your deadline is 6 p.m. on May 15. To submit an essay for consideration, please read the guidelines below.

So what makes a good Facts Essay?

A few things we look for are: an original voice; an unexpected view; an unfamiliar perspective; humour; vivid details that show us rather than tell us; anecdotes that illuminate a wider theme.

A successful Essay may be funny, surprising, touching or enlightening – or all of these. It may present a slice of life or a powerful experience that changed you in some way. It may be a meditation on something that matters to you. It goes beyond a rant, and it is deft in moving from the particular to the universal.

Above all, an Essay should be personal rather than political. It must be true, not fictional.

Here’s how to submit:

E-mail your essay to facts@globeandmail.com. In the subject line, be sure to put "essay submission" and the topic (in 2 or 3 words). The topic is especially important if your piece is tied to an event or season.

Please submit your essay in 2 forms – as a Word.doc attachment, and copied and pasted into the body of the e-mail.

Include a contact number where you can be reached during the day.

Essays should be about 900 words. It's a good idea to get yours as close to that as you can rather than ask us to cut it.

Please don't send a piece that's appeared in any other print or online publication, but feel free to submit an essay on a topic you have blogged about.

If your piece is selected for publication, you should hear from The Globe within one month. You will not be contacted if it has not been chosen.

Seasonal essays should be submitted three to four weeks before the event.

Anonymity and pseudonyms are used extremely rarely, though requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no payment if your essay is published. The Globe assumes first-print rights and electronic rights for unsolicited submissions; writers retain copyright.

If we publish your essay, we encourage you to submit again. Any given writer can appear a maximum of four times a year on the Facts & Arguments page.

Thanks so much,

The editors


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