PUBLISHED: 4:24 PM on Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Winning 'workworld' essay now worth $500
Annual contest now includes businesses
Elated employees working in Southeast Alaska can win up to $500 this summer through a contest sponsored by the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly.

The 2008 "Why I love my workworld" essay contest, held in honor of Labor Day, will accept submissions through Aug. 1. This year's contest is expanding to include a separate contest for business owners and those in a management roles, with an emphasis being on employees.

Participants in the workworld essay contest are encouraged to write up to 350 words about what makes their job great, which could be co-workers, working environment, personal fulfillment, uniqueness, company policies and employer support. Prizes for the winning essays are: $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place.

The best essays will run in "The New Workworld" Labor Day special section that will print Aug. 27 in the Capital City Weekly and Aug. 31 in the Juneau Empire. Stories in the special section will focus on how modern technology has revolutionized work environments from traditional office jobs to fieldwork.

Businesses participating in the "Why I love my employees" contest have up to 350 words to make their case. The top essay will earn the winner a catered party provided by the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly. Management teams from both papers will serve up the food and fun.

The winning business also will be profiled in the Neighbors section of the Juneau Empire and in the Capital City Weekly on Aug. 20, as well as receive a framed copy of the article with a plaque engraving.

The essays can be dropped off at the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly offices or submitted by e-mail to

For contest rules and details, visit us online at