Has anyone seen this essay contest at Housewifemafia.com? The good news: The prize is a house. The bad news: The fee is $100. However, they are limiting it to 3000 entries, and if they don't get the mininum number of entries (2750), they will refund the fees, but they might still hold the contest.
They also say "By entering this essay contest writers agree to allow their essay to be published on HouseWifeMafia.com with no further compensation. (You retain all rights to your writing)." That seems a change from the rules of most such contests.
Well I wouldn't pay a $100 entry fee for a contest, but I can see people doing so for a prize such as a house. This reminds me of house raffles some charities have run -- only this time, you have to write an essay as well.