Memoir Writing Contests

Highfield Press Spring Essay Contest 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 Highfield Press invites you to submit an unpublished essay (500-1000 words) inspired by the theme, “Spring Fever.”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:...

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Call for Submissions: 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice

Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and just sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster filled with A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why five years ago we started our free fellowship to theOffice. And we’re happy once again to offer it to you. Announcing our 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice. It works like this: You send us an example of your best piece of writing along with a paragraph or two explaining why this fellowship would help you. We select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2500. Winner gets his/her own door code to the space with the ability to come and go even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including unlimited, free coffee & tea, wifi, ergonomic workstations with Aeron chairs, a small reference library and all the peace and quiet you can handle. The fellowship starts May 1st and goes through October 31st, 2015. It is completely free to enter. Winner will be announced the last week of April. Contest is open to all new/aspiring/struggling writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive. Think of this as your very own writer’s retreat right here in the city. Here’s what we need from you: An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address. We will contact the winner via email. In the body of the email, please explain why you need this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it. (200 words or less, please) A 10 page .pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions. All other attachments will be deleted. Email to: theOfficeFellowship(at)gmail(dot)com by April 15, 2015. That’s it. You’re done! Some important points to remember: Do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. Be honest, if you live in Pasadena and won’t want to drive across town to write every day, then this fellowship isn’t for you. If you don’t flourish in...

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Call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2015

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… We are now in the 10th year of our mission to inspire, motivate, and encourage anyone having the desire or love for poetry and writing, to continue doing so without fear of failure or success. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00! All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com Guidelines: Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed. And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed. Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted. Postmark deadline: July 31, 2015 All winners will be announced on September 26, 2015 Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100. Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50. Entry fees: $10 per story, $5 per poem To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM” Mail to: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest P.O. Box 3141 Chicago, IL 60654 Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter! No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest...

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Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015 – Now Open!

The 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open! Entries are now welcome for the 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize. We are looking for submissions in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing. Prize for each category: £300 and publication in Wasafiri Magazine Deadline: 5pm GMT on Friday 24 July 2015. Judges Toby Litt Yasmin Alibhai Brown Roger Robinson The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. Entries for Fiction and Life Writing should be no longer than 3000 words, and Poetry submissions should comprise of no more than five poems. To Enter: DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM HERE  Email your entry along with the form and proof or notice of payment to wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk. Or you can post the form, along with your entry and cheque or paypal receipt to: The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, Wasafiri, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, London, NW1 8NP, UK Fees” £6 – one category £10 – two categories £15 – three categories Further Queries: Email wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk for any further details. Visit the website for further details and to enter:...

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Palaver Journal call for submissions

Palaver is UNCW’s online interdisciplinary journal housed in the Graduate Liberal Studies program. Palaver seeks creative and academic submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline. We accept art submissions in any medium, including video, still image, and multimedia. Visit us at palaverjournal.com to peruse our past issues and to submit your work! Deadline April 1, 2015. Email us at:  admin@palaverjournal.com with any questions. Please make sure you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Visit the website:...

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Narrative Magazine’s: Winter 2015 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 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. Click here to submit your work. 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. Click here to submit your work. Visit the website: ...

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