Owning a small inn on an island in Maine might be a lifelong fantasy, conjuring images of a quiet, simple life by the ocean. Today, that dream could be closer than ever to becoming a reality. The Harbor Watch Inn on Swans Island needs a new innkeeper and to get the job, all you have to do is write the best essay. The “Win Our Inn” contest, which runs through March 31, invites you to submit a 350-word essay about why you would be the best person for the job.

“Here’s your chance to get a turn-key operation for next to nothing. Enter our essay contest for $99 and if your entry is selected by our judges, you win our 5-unit inn plus $25,000 in an operating fund,” the contest website reads.

Harbor Watch Inn

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The inn is small, but that only makes it easier to manage. While Swans Island isn’t exactly a hotbed of activity, the inn is located close to the local marine museum, beaches, and hiking trails.

Essays will be judged based on “subject matter, storytelling impact, composition and creativity of each entry,” and the winner will not only receive the deed to the property, but also $25,000 to be used for property maintenance. You’d better be prepared to run the inn for at least a year, however, as the winner is required to operate the inn for a minimum of 12 months.

You must be over 18 to enter, and the winner will be announced on May 1, 2020.

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