Posts Tagged ‘memoir writing contests’

Narrative Magazine: Winter 2017 Story Contest

3 January 2017

Winter 2017 Story Contest

OUR WINTER CONTEST is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won byNarrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.
Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $25 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2017 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

DEADLINE: The contest deadline is March 31, 2017, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2017. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare a tie in the selection of winners and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines at http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/360 for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

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23rd ANNUAL MEMOIRS CONTEST

30 October 2016
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2016.
The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, a nonprofit literary center founded in 1984, is sponsoring its 23rd Annual Memoirs Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence. The deadline is: postmarked or emailed by Nov. 30, 2016.
Awards:
1st Place: Your choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville, NC; or 2 free workshops (in person or on-line); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 35 pages line-edited.
3rd Place: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.
10 Honorable Mentions
Guidelines:
Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.
All work must be double-spaced, in 12 point font.
Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on the first page. The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members).
Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. Or pay online at www.twwoa.org.
Emailed submissions may be sent in Word document to writersw@gmail.com with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org. No SASE is necessary as judges will email their comments.

2017 San Francisco Writing Contest

26 August 2016

The San Francisco Writers Conference is pleased to announce the 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest. The contest is open to all writers everywhere, including those attending the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference. The entry fee is $35 per item.

Your entry must fit into one of the following categories:
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books

Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more).

Please use the contest registration form on this web site SFWriters.org/contest-registration to upload your entry/entries and pay. It’s easy! If you prefer to send your fee by check, mail both the entry and check to SF Writing Contest, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561.

All fees and entries must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2017.

Finalists will be announced on the website on February 3, 2017.

Winners will be announced during lunch on Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Conference.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $250 and a 15-minute in-person meeting at the conference or a 15-minute scheduled telephone call with a literary agent who represents work like yours. First place winners in each category will receive checks for $100.

Questions? Problems? Contact Contest Coordinator Tricia Skinner at SFWritingContest@gmail.com.

Contest Rules:  https://sfwriters.org/2017-contest-rules/

26th Annual Memoirs Competition

24 March 2016

26th Annual Memoirs Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2016. 

  •  Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.
  • Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
  • The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members). Entry fee ispayable online.
  • Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not send via Fedex, certified mail, etc.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject.

Enter here

Highfield Press Spring Essay Contest 2015

1 April 2015

HIGHFIELD PRESS – “Picture Worth 1000 Words” Spring 2015 Essay Contest

$1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Writer retains all rights.

Highfield Press invites you to submit an unpublished essay (500-1000 words) inspired by the theme, “Spring Fever.” Submission may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story. It must reflect the inspirational photo shown on the website, and theme of the contest.

$20 ENTRY FEE.

Deadline April 30th, 2015.

Visit the website: http://highfieldpress.wix.com/contests

Narrative Magazine’s: Winter 2015 Story Contest

21 January 2015

Our winter contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won by Narrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.
Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $22 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2015 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is March 31, 2015, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2015. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare a tie in the selection of winners and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

CONSTANCE ROKE CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST

20 June 2014

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine,

invites emerging and established writers from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter.

$1,000 awarded to the best work that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir,

narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography,

all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

All entries should be previously unpublished, and between 2,000-3,000 words in length.

ENTRY FEE $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for U.S. entries, and $45 elsewhere.

Deadline August 1, 2014 (postmark date).

Visit the website for details:

http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

ORDINARY GURU CONTEST

25 April 2014

NO ENTRY FEE.

Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back,

sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently?

If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest.

You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay,

cartoon, graphic novel or poem.

First Prize: $5,000. Second Prize: $2,500. Third Prize: $1,500.

Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States

and the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec),

who are 18 years and older.

Contest ends August 31, 2014.

Visit the website:  http://ordinarygurus.com/

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville: 22nd Annual Memoir Competition

25 October 2013

22nd Annual Memoir Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2013. 

Enter here

  •  Submit a memoir of 4,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.
  • Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
  • The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members). Entry fee is payable online.
  • Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not send via Fedex, certified mail, etc.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Electronic submission may be sent to WritersW@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject.

Visit the website: http://www.twwoa.org/

The Writers’ Workshop: Fiction and Memoirs Contests

19 October 2013

  The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring two contests, Fiction and Memoirs, open to any writer regardless of residence. The awards for both contests are:

 1ST PLACE:  Your choice of a 3 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free online workshops; or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at the B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited

3rd PLACE:  One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited

10 Honorable Mentions

Fiction Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by October 30, 2013.

Guidelines:

 Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.

Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.

The entry fee is $25 per story.  Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject.  No cover sheet or SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org.

25th  Annual Memoirs Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2013.

 Guidelines:

 Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished. Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, email, phone and title of work also on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.

The entry fee is $25 per story.  Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners.   

Please make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:

Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject. No cover sheet or SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org

Love + Lust – Open Call for Writing – Juried Book Competition

2 April 2013
Open to Interpretation brings together photographers and writers in an exciting and innovative book project that has never been done before. Each book begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers’ submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image. 
 
Announcing Love + Lust

 

The photographers sent us their images and interpretations of Love + Lust. Now it’s the writers turn to use the images to inspire your words. Poems and stories may include a literal description of the work, personal memories, metaphorical associations, or your mood inspired by the image. 
 
Poetry, flash fiction, narrative, ekphrastic poetry, short story, memoir, non-fiction, song lyrics, myth, tall tale or fairy tale – all genres are acceptable.
 
______________________________
 
Book Title: Open to interpretation
Theme: Love + Lust
Judge: Dorianne Laux
Submission Fee: $15 for first submission, $10 additional
 
Deadline for submission: August 6, 2013
 
Awards:  $500 Judge’s Selection Award
 

For full details go to Open to Interpretation’s site.

WRITER ADVICE ANNOUNCES ITS 8TH FLASH PROSE CONTEST

29 March 2013

WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges.

DEADLINE: Submit to the 8th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest by April 18, 2013.

JUDGES: Former prizewinners, Marcelle SovieroJLSchneider, and Madeline Stevens are this year’s judges. Read their pieces and biographies by clicking on the Archived Contest Entries button at www.writeradvice.com .

PRIZES: First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third Place earns $50; Honorable Mentions will also be published.

FOR BEST RESULTS:

1. Include your name, contact information, and title in the cover    letter, but only include your title in the submission so it remains anonymous.
2. Tell us if the submission is fiction or memoir in the cover letter.
3. Since we judge these anonymously, please don’t tell us your background or where you’ve been published. If you are a finalist, we’ll ask for a bio.
4. Please double-space your submission.

SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be submitted through Submittable, Submit to Writer Advice

You may enter UP TO THREE stories, but each is a separate submission with a separate fee of $13.

Names of all winners will be announced in the summer issue of WriterAdvice, http://www.writeradvice.com.

E-mail questions, but not submissions to editor B. Lynn Goodwin at  Lgood67334@comcast.net.

Visit the website: www.writeradvice.com