The Super Fantastic Essay Contest

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, AYYYYYYYY! let the contest begin!!!!

From today until the 10th of the October, 2005, the Manolo he will be accepting entries into the Super Fantastic Essay Contest of the Manolo.

Write the short essay about the shoes (not to exceed 300 words in the length) and send it to the Manolo at [email protected]. (Please to send the essay in the body of the email, as the Manolo he is justifiably chary of the attachments. For the complete rules click here.)

The essay it can be funny, or melancholy, or wry, or ridiculous, or absurdist, or anything you the writer of the essay think the Manolo and his judges would like. The winners they will be picked on the basis of originality, style, and overall super fantasticness.

Grand Super Fantastic First Prize:
(Total retail value over $1,000 of the American dollars!)
The $200 gift certificate from
The $250 gift certificate from Zappos
The $100 gift certificate from
The gift certificate for one pair of the super fantastic shoes from the incomparable diva, the Beverly Feldman.
The gift certificate for one pair of the super fantastic shoes from the Magnolia Shoes
The original signed cartoon art from the hilarious Donna Barstow.
One pair of the Boot Legs to help your fancy new boots retain their shape.
To store your new shoes, ten clear shoe boxes courtesy of the stylish and witty, Shoelover.
Books, books, and more of the books about the fashion and the style and the shoes, including: The Substance of Style, The Essence of Style, Heart and Sole, The Perfect Fit, She’s Got Issues, and Pretty City New York

Grand Super Fantastic Second Prize
(Total retail value over $600 of the American dollars!)
The $250 gift certificate from Zappos
The $100 gift certificate from
The $50 gift certificate from
The gift certificate for one pair of the super fantastic shoes from the Magnolia Shoes
Ten clear shoe boxes
One pair of the Boot Legs
Books! Many Books!

Grand Super Fantastic Third Prize
(Total retail value pretty good!)
The $250 gift certificate from Zappos
The $50 gift certificate from
The $25 gift certificate from
Ten 10 clear shoe boxes

More Prizes
Additionally, the Manolo he will be randomly awarding the small prizes during the course of the contest, books, shoe boxes, socks, and much more. There will even be the special secret prize for the many fans of the Manolo who love the knitting and the crocheting (or would like to learn the knitting or crocheting) from the Manolo’s internet friends at the Lion Brand Yarn!

The Judges of The Super Fantastic Essay Contest of the Manolo
The Manolo he has brought together two of the shoe-loving celebrity judges to help him pick the winners from among what is sure to be the many thousand of the entries: Jane Eldershaw, shoe lover and author of the very witty book, Heart and Sole : The Shoes of My Life, and the Meghan Cleary, shoe lover, television personality, and author of the most amusing, The Perfect Fit: What Your Shoes Say About You.

And now Manolo shouts, Let the contesting begin!

Click here for complete contest rules.


19 Responses to “The Super Fantastic Essay Contest”

  1. Gigolokitty Says:

    Will the winning entries be published? I am not much of an essayist but I would love to read the winners.

  2. Manolo the Shoeblogger Says:

    Yes, of the course, the Manolo he plans on publishing the winners and some of the runners up here on the blog of the Manolo.

    It promises to be most entertaining, no?

  3. Michelle Says:

    You don’t say if the contest is open to international participants? I’m not from the USA but would love to enter.

  4. Manolo the Shoeblogger Says:

    Yes, the Essay Contest of the Manolo it is open to the international participants as long as it is legal in your country. ( And do not ask the Manolo where such contests are legal and where they are not legal, he does not know.)

  5. Rachael Says:

    I shall be entering, although I’m not from the USA. May the most super fantastic essay win!

  6. Superqueen Says:

    I would like to take part into the contest but can you please explain what do you mean for ‘essay’? Will a short story about shoes do? I’m from a non English speaking country and I do not want to misunderstand the contest rules. Thanx!!!

  7. Jenzilla Says:

    Oh oh, knitting! And crochet! *excitedly awaits details*

  8. Suma Says:

    This is a great opportunity for shoe fans to get their creative juices flowing. With prizes like these, who wouldn’t want to enter!

    PS: We here at absolutely LOVE your blog!!

  9. Neefer Says:

    Oh, Manolo, Lion Brand? It must be ignorance. If Payless Shoe Source gave you prizes for the contest, would you use them? Please, don’t tell me that the yarn is Fun Fur (tacky, tacky, tacky). I just don’t know what to think.

  10. Jenzilla Says:

    I wouldn’t compare Lionbrand with Payless, Red Heart would be more accurate for that. Lionbrand isn’t the bottom, it’s midrange.

    This opinion comes from someone who has knit her own wedding ring shawl of cobweb weight Shetland wool. I am not a novice knitter, nor do I work with shoddy yarns. And I do not knit ponchos. ;)

  11. Neefer Says:

    Friends don’t let friends wear ponchos. I think I would rather die than crochet a poncho.

    I would put Red Heart in the same category as Walmart Shoes. I do think the quality of Payless Shoe Source is higher than that of Walmart. So I maintain it’s an apt analogy.

    Well, I tried to find out if Walmart sells Red Heart yarn, and the website doesn’t list any yarns at all, but they do list Lion Brand products. So they sell Lion Brand at Walmart.

  12. Jan Foss Says:

    My entry in your contest:

    I am a starving artist and really need to win this contest! I have been wearing the same shoes for three years now! (Except in the summer, I do own a pair of sandals.) But I love that pair of shoes. I wear them every day to my art studio which has big windows and good light, but no direct sunlight. So it is very cold in there most of the time. One day last winter the sun came in my condo window and warmed my shoes for me just before I left for work. Ahhhhhhh! That was heaven! My feet stayed warm for almost a half hour. It has never happened again even though I move my shoes to different spots hoping the sun will come in and warm them. Now, any day I feel a little sad about not selling my art, I just remember the warm shoes and it makes me happy!

    Submitted by: Jan Foss, PO Box 6162, Incline Village, NV 89450 775-833-1144

  13. Sharron Says:

    I ask the Manolo, can one person enter twice, provided it is not on the same day? I have two essays I wish to give to the Manolo as an offering of sacrifice!

  14. Manolo the Shoeblogger Says:

    Yes, you may enter the contest more than one of the times as long as the essay it is sent on the different days.

  15. Sharron Says:

    Aaay! Manolo, I have discovered a problem! The websites from whence your prizes come do not ship to international locations! The pitiable Australian super fantastic girls cannot gain from entering such a contest, and it makes us weep.

    ps) thank you for your reply to my earlier question. Truly you are the blogging master!

  16. Manolo the Shoeblogger Says:

    Do not worry. The Manolo he has decided to cover the costs of the international shipping, or, if the need it arises, to work out the method of getting the prizes to the international person who is the winner.

    The Manolo, he would not let his many internet international friends down.

  17. Sharron Says:

    Oh Manolo! You are indeed the hero of every shoe-loving girl in the whole world! I cannot resist giving an internet hug to the king of resourcefulness and style. *hugs*

  18. Arianne Camphire Says:

    Today happens to be my birthday and as I reflect on the past, I have come to the realization that I have dedicated a large portion of my life to shoes. My mother believes that my obsession started as a child because I could never find my shoes. For example, one day I was running to catch the school bus and a snow drift sucked off my shoe! Everyone on the bus was watching me act like a crazy person while I anxiously attempted to dig out my shoe. After awhile, my hands went numb and I had to abandon the search and rescue. The trauma has caused me to over-stock my shoe supply; I currently have ~100 pairs and at least 15 FAVORITIES. I practically cry when I have finally let go of one of those (the shoe repair man generally has to console me after he delivers the news). I also design shoes in my dreams and I have some great shoe storage ideas! In addition, since I am a uniformed officer I am forced to wear the most dreadful, hideous, and overall bland shoes 5 days a week, therefore my weekend shoes have to be more than stylish, they need personality. So if it isn’t obvious, my birthday wish is to find a glorious new pair of shoes ;-)

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