Snazzy prose can win you a log home

January 15, 1995|By a Sun Staff Writer

If you've ever dreamed of owning a deluxe, 3,500-square-foot log home on 4 1/2 acres, write to Jim Cooper of Frederick. Your pithy prose could win you the spread.

Mr. Cooper, a writer and builder, is offering his home, "Laurel Lodge," in an essay contest. He got the idea when he read about a bed and breakfast in Maine sold the same way.

For $100, participants can submit a 150-word essay telling why they "dream of owning a beautiful log home in the woods." Laurel Lodge has five bedrooms, three and a half baths, two stone fireplaces and a whirlpool tub in the master suite.

Photos of the home have appeared in Log Home Living magazine. Second prize in the contest is a five-acre lot in a private community near Martinsburg, W.Va.

The owner retains the right to cancel the contest and return entry fees (minus $10 for handling) if 5,500 entries are not received, according to contest rules. The owner calculates 5,500 entries at $100 each will cover the market value of the home.

An official entry form and set of rules can be obtained by sending a self-addressed envelope to: 1170-A West Patrick St., Suite 120-A, Frederick, Md. 21702. Deadline for entries is Feb. 28.

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