Contest: Memoirs, Ink. Personal Essay (Deadline Feb. 29)

FYI: WEGOnians have won the last two Memoirs, Ink. contests (Jonathan Fine and Dave Devine).

Memoirs, Ink.
Half-Yearly Personal Essay Contest - 2008

Contest Guidelines
Less is even more this year. We were so impressed with the quality of the entries for our last half-yearly contest that just to reiterate that less is more, we are giving away more money this year. What makes this contest different is that the word limit is half that of our yearly contest. The guidelines are below.
Memoirs Ink is 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, any age, 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Entry must be previously unpublished (this includes websites and blogs).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.)
Prizes: This year, to prove that less is more, or at least reward less with more, we are giving away more prizemoney. First Prize: $1100. Second Prize: $550. Third Prize: $275.

Please limit entries to less than 1500 words.
Contest Deadline:February 15, 2008 (postmark). Late Deadline: February 29, 2008 (Postmark - Late entries require additional $5 entry fee per entry)
Winners will be announced April 15, 2008. We will announce them by e-mail and on our website.

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. Click here to print submission form.
The title of the manuscript should appear on every page. The pages should be numbered.
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: Memoirsink at gmail dot com

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 us temporary rights and electronic archiving rights.
If you win, we will publish your story. If you do not want your story published please do not submit it.
We reserve the right to mention or not mention anyone honorably.
Winners will be contacted between April 1-15, 2008.
This contest will be judged by a panel of judges including:

1) Someone good yet to be detimined- the extent of thier coolness will go here.

2) Felice Austin, president and senior writer of Memoirs Ink. Ms. Austin has judged many contests in the past. She says who needs a bio when there's google.

3) Emily Chang - Emily is an intern at Memoirs Ink. She is an English honor student at UCLA. She loves reading and culinary arts.

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