Memoir Magazine’s goal is to cultivate our collective and individual capacity to recognize truth, while creating greater diversity and empathy, by flooding the world with stories that need to be told.
We welcome submissions from all writers and artists, whether you’re emerging or established. So even if you don’t yet have a publishing track-record we’re eager to hear from you.
We love truth and therefore we are open to a variety of forms of nonfiction—including memoir, travel writing, and the personal essay, as well as (stand-alone) novel excerpts and flash nonfiction and any kind of unconventional expression of your truth.
*Memoir Magazine is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability.
We Accept Unsolicited Submissions of:
- Flash Memoir: up to 500 words, Memoir, Personal Essay, Creative Nonfiction and Excerpts: up to 3,000 words on any subject or theme.
- Reviews, Interviews and Craft Essays: up to 2,000 words.
- Visual Art: fine art, illustrations, comics, photography, graphic storytelling and visual narratives.
Memoir Magazine accepts online submissions for publication consideration year-round.
*You may submit as often as you like. Upload your work using the appropriate Submittable submission form at the bottom of the page.
*A 50-100 word bio is encouraged and appreciated and may be sent with or in lieu of a cover letter with publications or links to personal blogs, websites, etc. with more of your work if you have them. You may also upload a photograph for you contributor bio if you wish.
*Simultaneous submissions are dandy, just please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere.
*Memoir Magazine does accept work that has been previously published elsewhere (including self-published works), as long as you specify that this is a reprint in your cover letter, state where it was published, and obtain approval so that we may provide credit to the previous place of publication.Yay for us!
* By submitting, you acknowledge that you are the creator and owner of the work. Rights revert back to writers and artists 3 months after publication. While there is no monetary payment, but a free copy the annual print issue will be sent to contributors. The magazine is always available online for free.
*By submitting, you also agree to have your email automatically added to our email list.
*International submissions are welcome.
You may also wish to submit work in our "Expedited Three Week Submission Response with Personalized Editorial Feedback” category. Within twenty one days one of Memoir Magazine's main editors will respond with concise feedback (250 words or more) whether work is accepted or rejected.
* Memoir Magazine is always looking for innovative, original illustration and photography, especially works that represent the mysteries of human transformation or interaction with their environment or emotional landscape. In fact, we will be happy to consider submissions of art in any medium, including graphic storytelling and visual narratives.
Memoir accepts only online submissions.
We generally respond to all submissions within four-six weeks (contact us if you haven't heard from us in three months). You may check the status of your submission at any time (received or in-progress) by logging in to your online account.
Partial withdrawals: If you must withdraw one piece in a group, please send an email stating which works are still available.
Open Editing: If you feel you must revise your piece due to an error, please request that your submission be "Open for Editing." You may then upload a new file to replace the old one.
Get detailed feedback suggestions and/or in-depth comments (250 words or more) from one of Memoir Magazine's main editors within twenty one days. Find out what can make your work stand out and become stronger. IN ONE FILE: Submit up to 3 stories or 3000 words of prose to be considered for future issues of the magazine.
Submissions are not guaranteed publication, but are welcome to be resubmitted in the regular categories following revision.
RECENT CLIENT TESTIMONIES:
"Thank you for your wonderful weigh-in on my piece. You won’t believe how thrilled I am to finally get some guidance on it! I’ve shopped it around for a couple of years now and have gotten a lot of, “It’s great, but not for us.” Your comments opened my eyes about it and I’m going to use your suggestions to overhaul it and re-submit. And your instinct was correct. It was a longer piece that I cut down." —HP
"Wow is all I have at the moment. I read your email about five minutes after its arrival but had to gather my thoughts before responding. Two of these pieces have gone through so many iterations (including possible incineration) that I think I submitted them in a brain fog. I concur with your comments and would like a chance to tidy up a couple of other things before sending them back your way.
Thanks again for all of your amazing feedback; I'm still reeling from it." —S.
"Thank you so much for your feedback; I have taken the introduction, made suggested revisions, and resubmitted the piece on (e.t.) as a stand alone essay. I am so thankful for your suggestions and time." —S.B.
"Thank you, MM. I appreciate your feedback (VERY helpful) and will integrate your suggestions into my re-write.
I absolutely will resubmit the piece, with your blessing. I feel like your journal would be a great fit for the piece.
Thanks again! " — S.P.
All true (and creatively true) stories are welcome regardless of the
subject matter, educational level, achievement, race or sexual orientation
of the author. In fact, marginalized voices are encouraged to submit.
We want real stories. We want to feel something and we want to share that feeling with the world. Send us your blood, your sweat, your laughter, and your tears.*Stories and essays (up to three per submission, no more than 3,000 words total) should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated, with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address title and word-count on the first page.
Now Open For Submissions!
We still love Truth and we are still damned serious.
That's why, we are launching our second annual
“#MeToo Trigger Warning Non-Fiction Essay Contest!"
What’s more, our judge is the formidable Tracy Strauss!
Named by Bustle as one of eight women writers with advice to follow, Tracy Strauss is former essays editor of The Rumpus and winner of the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for nonfiction. Her debut #MeToo-themed self-help/relationships cum memoir, I Just Haven't Met You Yet: Finding Self-Empowerment in Dating, Love, and Life, will be released by Skyhorse Publications in May 2019. I Just Haven't Met You Yet portrays Tracy Strauss’s dating history and her journey to dismantle the effects and stigmas of an abusive past, break free of destructive relationship patterns, and ultimately conquer her fear of truly being seen by the world, flaws and all. A contributor to Glamour’s sex and relationships column, Tracy has appeared on television as a relationship blogger for the Huffington Post. She has published #MeToo-related nonfiction in Salon, Ms. Magazine, the Huffington Post, and other publications. She currently teaches writing at the New England Conservatory, as well as Grub Street in Boston, and has taught memoir and essay writing workshops with Writers Digest University. In 2018, she was a guest writer/speaker on the topic of “#MeToo: The Challenges and Triumphs of Writing and Publishing the Unspeakable,” at Goucher College’s Center for Geographies of Justice, Women, Gender and Sexualities Program. Her article, “#MeToo: Crafting Our Most Difficult True Stories,” was featured in the September/October 2018 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. Learn more about Tracy at her website: http://www.tracystrauss.com, and connect with her on social media: Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Now and forever, the theme for the #MeToo Trigger Warning Nonfiction Essay Contest is Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse. As in, have you or someone you know survived sexual harassment, assault, rape or abuse? Perhaps you are married or related to a survivor and you’ve witnessed the emotional journey that is so rarely spoken of. If so how did it change you? How does it affect your daily life? Where has the effects of violence led you in your life? We want to know. You were strong enough to get through that, and your story matters. Why? Because Memoir is a movement. Our jam. Our way of cultivating global consciousness. And few issues today require more enlightenment than the way sexual trauma can affect us as a person, a family, a society. Sexual violence is a public health, human rights and social justice issue. So, here’s your chance to use your voice to Change the Culture. You are not alone. Memoir Magazine stands with you! Together we can shatter the silence and end sexual violence. Your essay may be humorous, sad, upsetting. It can be one paragraph long, or several pages. It’s all up to you, but most of all it should be your untold truth expressed in your unique voice.
The First Place story receives $500 + publication in Memoir Magazine, and a note from our judge on why the story was chosen. Second Place wins $200 and Third place wins $100.
Pseudonyms are totally allowed. No judgement.
We look forward to reading your work!
- Submissions are now open until midnight on April 30, 2019
- Open to all writers. Men, Emerging writers, and ALL underrepresented voices are encouraged to submit!
- 7000 word max.
- NonFiction only.
- $20 to enter. One story per submission.
- Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere.
- Previously published work is allowed.
- International submissions welcome.
- All contest entries shall be considered for standard nonfiction publication in Memoir Magazine.
"Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light." -Helen Keller