Maine Dream Home Essay Contest Deadline Extended

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Deadline to submit essays extended to Wednesday, July 20

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The passion coming through in 300 words is just remarkable.

Frederic and Janet Chapin are extending the deadline to submit essays for The Maine Objective Essay Contest to win a dream home in West Bath, Maine. The new deadline of Wednesday, July 20 reflects a desire to accommodate additional applicants seeking more information or answers to questions.

Last winter, The Chapins decided to conduct an essay contest for their beloved West Bath, Maine home. The couple’s 6,000-square foot, custom-built house has been a dream come true since they relocated to Maine in 2007. When family responsibilities took them back out of state, holding an essay contest presented a unique opportunity to transfer the home to another equally-devoted homeowner.

“The passion coming through in 300 words is just remarkable,” said Janet Chapin. “We recognize that distilling this passion into so few words can be a challenge for many, which is why we are choosing to extend the contest so that all interested applicants receive the consideration they deserve.”

Beyond the outpouring of interest, a recent interview with the Boston Globe further convinced the Chapins that extending the contest was the right thing to do.

About The Home

Set on four wooded acres in quintessential West Bath, Maine, the Chapins home sits just miles from historic downtown Bath, a city nominated by USA TODAY for having one of the Best Main Streets in America. The property includes a free-standing guest house, greenhouse, sauna, heated garage, custom-built harvest table, fieldstone flooring in the four season great room, and raised beds for flower and vegetable gardening.

How To Enter

The theme of the essay contest is The Maine Objective. To enter, submit an essay describing how this dream home in West Bath will help you achieve your Maine Objective. Essays must be 300 words or less; the price of entry is $140. Enter online at by July 20, 2016 at 11:59pm. In the event the minimum number of 4,200 entries is not met, all but $25 of each entry fee will be refunded. To ensure anonymity, the essays will be read by impartial judges with no ties to the property. Official rules for the contest are available online at

About The Maine Objective Essay Contest

Frederic and Janet Chapin are accepting entries in “The Maine Objective” essay contest in exchange for the chance to receive the deed to their home in West Bath, Maine with more than 6,000 plus square feet of living space. For more details, Official rules and to see photographs of the home, visit or follow the contest on Facebook Enter online by July 20, 2016 at 11:59pm. Essays must be 300 words or less and include a $140 entry fee.


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