Memoirs, Ink. Fourth Annual Personal Essay Contest
Fourth Annual Personal Essay Contest
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
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Entry must be previously unpublished (this includes websites and blogs).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 www.memoirsink. of
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.
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 (replace (at) with @)
Manuscripts will not be returned. Memoirs, Ink., is not responsible for
manuscripts lost in the mail, etc. Memoirs, Ink cannot confirm receipt of
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.