PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — You are invited to enter a writing contest sponsored by a former Philadelphia resident and teacher, about something near and dear to many women’s hearts.

“The contest is a 500-word essay about your wedding dress,” says Donna Guthrie.  “Your memories of your wedding dress, whether it was homemade or you bought it at a thrift shop, or if it was an expensive purchase for you.  And actually, do you still have it?  Do you know where it is?”

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(Donna Guthrie. Photo provided)

Guthrie (right) is an author and documentarian who now lives in Colorado.

The Wedding Gown Project: One Day, One Dream, One Dress.  It is an essay contest.  I’m collecting the essays and awarding prizes so that I can use the material in a short film that I’m going to submit to the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival,” Guthrie tells KYW Newsradio.

How do you go about entering?

“They should go to my web site,, and you’ll find the rules there.  I feel that everyone has a wedding dress story: where you found your wedding dress, who was with you when you found it, if it has special memories involved.  I’ve spoken to one woman who’s going to wear her great-grandmother’s wedding dress.  The dress has been passed down through four generations so far.”

And what’s the prize?

“The prizes for this contest are $250 for the first prize, $100 for the second prize, and $50 for the third prize.”

And bragging rights too.

“Definitely bragging rights!”

That’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

Reported by Lauren Lipton, KYW Newsradio 1060

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