Second Acts

Yesterday I assigned my composition students their first essay. And then I went home and while relaxing with a magazine spotted a call for essays about reinventing yourself after 40. I got an idea and figured if I woke up thinking about it, I’d write an essay. I woke up thinking about it. Two hours later, I have pages and pages and my writing hand is sore. It’s a good kind of pain.

The call for essays gave an internet address to find more info. I was going to share the link, but it didn’t work. I checked out the magazine’s website and couldn’t find anything on submitting Second Act essays, either. But if you’re interested, the print magazine calling for essays is More.

Here’s the info, taken from the magazine: “Please send us an essay–1,000 to 2,000 words–telling us about your reinvention after 40. What inspired your big change? What was the process like, emotionally and practically? How long did it take? What were the difficulties, the ultimate reward? The essay is for possible publication.”

Didn’t say anything about payment, but More would be a nice addition to a clip file, and I wanted to write that essay for myself anyway, so I could figure out how my own reinvention occurred, so that maybe I could do it again in other areas of my life that need a makeover. And guess what? I figured a few things out. So it was worth it just for that.  

Deadline: March 31, 2009. Submit to:


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