Committed to sharing stories that need to be told, Memoir Magazine is accepting memoir and creative nonfiction by writers of African descent – all writers of the African Diaspora, regardless of country of origin or residence – for their upcoming anthology Black Memoirs Matter. “Our goal,” the editors say, “is to chronicle the global Black Experience through memoir. At the same time, we are looking for universal truths that transcend race, like mental health, self-love, parenting, etc.” Submissions should be 500-4k words, written in the first person, with simultaneous and previously published works welcome. “We seriously encourage emerging and unpublished writers to apply.” Acceptance pays $50 honorarium and a print version of the anthology. There is a $25 fee with all entries also considered for standard nonfiction publication in Memoir Magazine. Deadline: August 31, 2022.
First Place The View From Breast Pocket Mountain by Karen Hill Anton
Second Place Animal Bodies: On Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties by Suzanne Roberts
Third Place Finding the Right Words: A Story of Literature, Grief, and the Brain by Cindy Weinstein and Bruce L. Miller
They also eliminated the ‘honorable mention’ category this year and instead created 23 specific categories with which to recognize entrants. Four of those selected are currently unpublished manuscripts, providing authors with an avenue for (hopefully) finding a publishing home for their works.
Accepting submissions of nonfiction, art, photography, reviews, interviews, audio, and video on a rolling basis, the mission of Memoir Magazine “is to be a witness to both factual and emotional truths that resonate with the human heart by supporting writers and artists in sharing their stories.” Memoir Magazine offers online writing classes and workshops, including the upcoming “Writing to Heal with Jerry Waxler” and “MeToo Anonymous Writing Workshop for Sexual Assault Survivors.” The publication keeps its site updated with new content added regularly. Some recent features include “Iris on My Mind” by Odeta Xheka, “The Hope of Better Hearing Aids” by Rosann Tung, “The Sentencing” by Wendy Swift, “Into the Racial Divide, A Story of Hope” by Jerry Waxler, “Walking Home” by Kate Zobel, “Main Street Madness” by Mary McBeth, “Permission” by Diane Gillespie, “Harrowing” by Natalie Coufal, “True Crime” by Hilarie Pozesky, and “How I Discovered America” by Sharmila Voorakkara. Memoir Magazine is a black-owned and woman-owned annual print and online publication.
Published recently at Memoir Magazine is work by Stephen Palgon, Hilarie Pozesky, Natalie Coufal, Nick R. Robinson, Charlotte Wilkins, Heidi Morrell, D.M. Henning, Sylvie Beauvais, Jen Waldron, Jacqueline Regan, Diane de Anda, Spencer Soule, Sharmila Voorakkara, Emma Rose, and more. Now at the Memoir Magazine website.
Online literary magazine Memoir Magazine has published three new nonfiction stories since the start of the new year. The first piece is “Monkey Island” by Dorothy Rice. The story reflects back on childhood years growing up two blocks from the San Francisco Zoo and her friend “Tiny.”
The second is a personal essay by Jim Sollisch, “The Shocking Truth About Jews in Sports,” where he learns at the age of 10 that the world wasn’t mostly Jewish and he was, in fact, a minority.
The most recent story is “Bereavement” by Lauren Teller. She tells the story of her brother Eric, his struggle with epilepsy and surviving a train accident to die by COVID-19 fifteen years later and dealing with the grief.
Stop by Memoir Magazine to check out this new work and browse their archives “because everybody’s story matters.”
Memoir Magazine annually holds the Memoir Prize which awards Memoir and Creative Nonfiction book-length works of exceptional merit in three categories: traditionally published, self-published, and unpublished. The awards include a cash prize, a feature in Memoir Magazine, and a year’s worth of free advertising. This is the only prize of its kind solely focusing on memoir. The 2021 prize deadline will be announced in January.
The grand prize winner of the inaugural Memoir Prize for Books is Relief by Execution: A Visit to Mauthausen by Gint Aras.
The finalists and category winners were:
Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg
Wild Blueberries: Nuns, Rabbits & Discovery in Rural Michigan by Peter Damm
Dreams and Nightmares: I Fled Alone to the United States When I Was Fourteen by Liliana Velasquez
Online literary magazine Memoir Magazine has extended the deadline for its first-ever book contest to April 30. The Memoir Prize is dedicated to memoirs and creative nonfiction of book-length works of exceptional merit. They have three categories: published, self-published, and unpublished. The grand prize winner receives $2,000. The fee to enter is $95. Results to be announced in June.