Memoir (and) Prize for Nonfiction
$500 Prize and
Publication in our Spring 2009 Issue.
Memoir (and) is an up-and-coming journal for the exploration of memoir as “the” genre of the 21st century. We are based in Sausalito, California, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
We strive with each issue to include a selection of prose, poetry, graphic memoirs, epistolary memoirs, narrative photography, lies and more. The editors particularly invite submissions that push the traditional boundaries of both form and content in the exploration of the representation of self, and are especially looking for graphic memoirs. Memoir (and) is available in print in over 600 bookstores in U.S. and Canada, including Borders, Barnes & Noble, Hastings and independent bookstores.
The reading period for the contest is May 1, 2008 through August 15, 2008.
Submit 10,000 words or fewer by email or snail mail. A maximum of one prose submission or five poems per person. If you are sending narrative photographic images, please limit yourself to a maximum of ten. If you have a graphic memoir, send a narrative description and we’ll contact you.
Submit a $10 entry fee by check or money order.
Submissions received without the $10 entry fee will be considered for publication but not entered in the contest.
We do not accept previously published submissions; we do accept simultaneous submissions.
We purchase one-time rights and pay with copies.
Pages have a way of becoming separated from each other like lively children. Yet we don’t think the writer’s name should be evident to our judges while reading. Therefore please use the following format:
- On the cover page: your name and contact information, and the entry’s title.
- On every page: the entry’s title.
- All pages numbered and double-spaced.
Be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want us to write back to you via snail mail about your submission.
Manuscripts will not be returned.
Entries must be postmarked between May 1, 2008 and August 15, 2008.
Send email entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Attachments are okay. Pasting your submission into the body of your email is also okay.
Send snail mail entries to: Memoir Journal, P.O. Box 1398, Sausalito CA 94966-1398.
We read every submission from beginning to end, and respond within approximately sixteen weeks.