You Too Can Make Ridiculous Money Writing

mentalfloss09.18.08.jpgAs far as we know, Michael Lewis’ rumored $12 per word from Portfolio is the highest rate in the magazine universe.

Not anymore.

mental_floss, the publication that never saw a brand tie-in it didn’t like, is giving away five $10,000 scholarships to essayists who best answer the question “Why are you the most deserving person on the planet to win a scholarship?” In 750 words. That’s more than $13 per word. Suck it, Lewis.

Details. Jump. (Where’s my $26.66?)

$50,000 Tuition Giveaway from mental_floss magazine, Borders and Merriam-Webster

Write a little. Win a lot!

CLEVELAND, OH September 17, 2008 — Has the perfect storm of record gas prices and soaring tuition bills got you down? mental_floss can’t help you at the pump, but it has found a way to ease your tuition pain.

A few well-chosen words (750 or less, to be exact) will knock $10,000 each off the tuition tab for five winners of the mental_floss Tuition Giveaway contest.

By simply coming up with the best answer to the question: “Why are you the most deserving person on the planet to win a scholarship?” you can walk away with ten-grand to ease your tuition pain at Stickershock U. next fall.

For more details on how to write a winning essay and an online entry form, log on to

Co-sponsored by Merriam-Webster and Borders®, the contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada who are full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year college in fall 2009. Deadline for entries is January 31, 2009 and winners will be announced on April 1, 2009.

Visitors to will also have the opportunity to receive a special discount on mental_floss products at the mental_floss web site (