It’s called “River House.” It sits along the banks of the Ohio River in southern Indiana. And it can be yours for $199 and a 200-word essay…

The owners of the 4,000-square-foot house are trying an unusual way of selling: an essay contest.

You just need to convey a short, compelling reason they should give the keys to you (and attach a $199 cashier’s check).

A team from nearby Hanover College will judge the submissions based on:

  1. Focus
  2. Grammar
  3. Creativity
  4. Inspiration.

You can check out the house and submit your entries right here. The deadline is September 29.

Reeves’ Note: If you’re thinking about entering, you may first want to consult Mark’s classic book on compelling writing: Persuasion: The Subtle Art of Getting What You Want.