SEATTLE – A unique contest is asking contestants to write a 350-word essay to win a one bedroom apartment in Seattle's Queen Anne/Magnolia or Ballard neighborhoods rent free for a year.

A landlord who wants to remain anonymous decided he wanted to help people struggling to pay rent. Seattle has some of the most expensive rents in the country.

The essay contest is posted at www.essayforfreeapartment.com.

Contestants need to answer this question: How would a free apartment for one year help you reach your goals in 10 years?

Walls Property Management who's overseeing this essay contest says people should be concise and thoughtful when writing their essay.

Rent for a one bedroom in those neighborhoods can cost around $1,500 or more. Free rent for a year would be a savings of around $18,000.

The landlord says the spirit of this contest is to spread goodwill and hopes other landlords will do the same.

The deadline to submit an essay is March 30. The winner will be notified in April and the winner can move in June 1.