Couple offers home to winner of essay contest

Feb 10, 2013 -- 2:00pm

 

- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska couple felt their home was too big once the kids moved away, so they're trying to sell. It's a familiar story. Their sale method, on the other hand, is anything but familiar: An essay contest. Laurel Carlin and her husband are asking for $100 and a "hard luck" essay from each applicant. The winner gets the house. The catch is, they need a minimum of 3,000 essays. That would net them $300,000, a tidy take that far exceeds the house's $200,000 assessed value. But the potential essayists have been suspicious - only 200 essays have come in so far, and most of them are from Alaska. The essay deadline is April 30. If fewer than 3,000 essays come in, Carlin says they will return the money. 

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