The Marin Vegetarian Educational Group is sponsoring a writing competition this summer: Why I Am a Vegetarian (or Vegan, if that's how you roll). Your essay's gotta be less than 800 words, and winners will be picked by a panel that includes Shirley Virgil of Donna's Tamales. First prize: a $100 gift certificate to vegan restaurant Millennium. Second place? A tamale party from Donna.
Send your entry by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30. Or, perhaps because vegetarians are a charmingly old-fashioned lot (see that bit above about rejecting bacon candy and other trends), send it via snail: 12 Rally Court, Fairfax, CA. Good thing you've got nearly three months to get it there.