Memoirs, Ink. Fourth Annual Personal Essay Contest

18 June 2007

Contest Guidelines
We are looking for original, well-written personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences. The narrative must be in first person, other that that, the contest is open to any type, genre or style of story. It is open to any writer writing in English–that means Candians, Brits, Australians, Ugandans and anyone else anywhere can enter.
Entry must be previously unpublished (this includes websites and blogs).
Entry fee: $15. (Please make check or money order to Memoirs, Ink.)
Prize: $1000. Second Prize: $500. Third Prize: $250.
Please limit entries to less than 3000 words.
Contest Deadline: August 1, 2007 (postmark). Late Deadline: August 15, 2007 (Requires additional $5 entry fee per entry)
Winners will be announced September 30, 2007. We will announce them by e-mail. If you do not have email, please include a SASE to receive a list of winners. Winners will be published at Send entries to:
Memoirs Ink Writing Contest
10866 Washington Blvd, Suite 518,
Culver City, CA 90232

Please submit entries as follows: Typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font.
Your name should appear only on the contest submission form.
Go to
to download entry form
The title of the manuscript should appear in the top half of the first page. The pages should be numbered, with the title of the story appearing somewhere in the header or footer of each subsequent page.
We used to prefer paperclips, but are now partial to staples.
Multiple submissions are accepted, however, an additional $10 entry fee is required for each additional story.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, however, if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere, you need to let us know immediately that you are withdrawing your submission.
E-mail questions to Jill at
Other Info
Manuscripts will not be returned. Memoirs, Ink., is not responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail, etc. Memoirs, Ink cannot confirm receipt of your entry unless you provide a self-addressed stamped postcard.
Winners must sign a contest winner agreement form that certifies your writing is original and assigns temporary electronic rights and electronic archiving rights to us. If you win, we will publish your story. If you do not want your story published (for personal reasons, etc), please do not submit it. We reserve the right to mention or not mention anyone honorably. Winners will be contacted between September 15-September 29, 2007.

The judge for this contest will be E.B. Harper.

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