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This $1.3M House Is Yours With a Winning $19 Essay

Canadian homeowner announces contest for home near Rocky Mountains in Alberta
By Marcel Wiel,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2019 12:40 PM CST
The 5,000-square-foot house in Millarville, Alberta, boasts a huge lot, walls of windows and is currently listed at $1.3 million.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – When Canada's Alla Wagner tried and failed to sell her home in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, she took inspiration from the movie The Spitfire Grill and came up with a writing competition of her own. The contest has a $19 entry fee and involves participants submitting a 350-word letter explaining why they should win the $1.3 million house in Millarville. Among other things, the 5,000-square-foot home features a wine cellar and scores of windows to accommodate the mountain views. In an interview with CTV Calgary, Wagner said, "What do I have to lose? Like I have nothing to lose."

Indeed. The main condition of the contest is that it must attract a minimum of about 68,000 entries—whose fees would be equivalent to her asking price. If this does not happen, the competition will be canceled and all the entry fees refunded. If it does, though, the entries will be whittled down to 500, from which an independent panel of judges will select the winning letter. The competition is set to run for three months, although this may be extended to six months. For full details of the competition and all the relevant rules, see this Facebook page. "I know that it’s going to be a beautiful story in the end," says Wagner. (What's no longer hot in real estate: homes on golf courses.)

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