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Vegetarian Group Holds Essay Contest for Bay Area Residents

The Marin Vegetarian Education Group ( is holding a writing competition that is open to everyone in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and features wonderful prizes.

This is an opportunity to write from your heart. Why are you a vegan or vegetarian? What motivates you? What heartens you? What hurts you and what helps? What changes have you seen in your life since becoming a vegetarian? They hope to motivate others with your story.

Essays will be judged by Howard Lyman, author of Mad Cowboy and No More Bull; Patti Breitman, a former literary agent and co-author of How to Eat Like a Vegetarian, Even If You Never Want To Be One; and Shirley Virgil of Donna's Tamales. They will look for original thinking, good writing, and heartfelt story telling.

Competition details:

Why I Am A Vegetarian - Or - Why I Am A Vegan

800 Words Maximum Length
Deadline September 30
Winners Announced in October

Fourth Prize is a $25 gift certificate to Allison's Gourmet: Organic Artisan Bakery & Gifts

Third Prize is a $50 VegNews Gift Pack, including an over sized tote bag, T-shirt, 1 year magazine subscription, the current issue and 6 jumbo cookies.

Second Prize is a Tamale Party from Donna's Tamales, featuring 3 dozen tamales of your choice, plus three different salsas.

First Prize is a $100 gift certificate to Millennium Restaurant.

Additionally, all prizes will include a certificate recognizing the winning essay, and a copy of the book, How to Eat Like a Vegetarian, Even If You Never Want To Be One. Also, the winning essays will be posted on the Marin Vegetarians website.

To enter, send your essay by email to before September 30, 2009. Only work under 800 words will be considered. All submissions may be used in publicity for the Marin Vegetarian Education Group and may be submitted to other blogs, web sites, and print and on-air media for publication with credit to the author.

A vegetarian does not eat meat, fish, or fowl. A vegan is a vegetarian who does not use other animal products such as eggs and dairy. For more information on starting a vegetarian diet, visit The Vegetarian Resource Group at or write to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

The Vegetarian Resource Group is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about vegetarianism. VRG publishes the quarterly Vegetarian Journal, and sponsors two annual $5,000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors who have promoted vegetarianism in their communities. For more information on the scholarship, visit

Applicants for VRG's scholarships will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle. For more information visit