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Columbus house essay contest canceled

Posted at 8:33 AM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 08:33:20-04

A Columbus, Indiana family who offered up their home to an essay contest winner has changed their mind.

On Tuesday, they announced the cancelation in a Facebook post.

“It is with sad hearts that we are writing to announce that the Columbus Log Home Essay Contest has been canceled,” the post read.

An exact reason for the cancelation wasn’t given, but the post said the process turned out to be “more financially and legally complicated than we had been led to believe.”

The prize was a 6,000-square-foot house.

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Anybody who sent in an essay and application and the $150 entry fee will get their money back. It is unknown exactly how many applications were received, but on July 14 -- a month into the contest -- there were only about 100 entries, when 4,500 were needed for the contest.

The contest rules were to write an essay about a life well-lived.

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