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:
- 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.
Submit book length work on any theme. We will award the Grand Memoir Prize of $2,000 for a book of memoir in any style or sub-genre or state of publication. $750 goes to the First Place winner in each category of publishing: Traditional, Self-published and Unpublished Manuscript. 7 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category).
All winning entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges, one year of free Book Promotion in Memoir Magazine and a digital award seal for use in promoting your win. We reserve the right to raise the prize amounts and add additional prizes at any time. Memoir Magazine will publish brief online excerpts (1,000-3,000 words) from all entries that win a prize.
Writers of all ages and nations may enter. The works you submit must be in English. You may submit published or unpublished work: a manuscript, full-length book of memoir or creative nonfiction, a collection of essays or graphic narrative as a single entry. For unpublished manuscripts we prefer 12-point type or larger, double-spaced, with a Times font. You may enter more than one book and/or more than one category; however, you must include a separate book and the additional fee for each entry.
There are No restrictions on subject matter, length, age of author, type of press, or on the year of publication. Entries will be evaluated on content, writing quality and overall quality of production and appearance. Submission period: August 12-December 31, 2019. The results of our contest will be announced on May 12, 2020. Entry fee: $95 per book.
Submit one or more (e-books or printed) books in the following 3 contest categories. Select the category that best represents your entry.
- Traditionally Published (Small, academic, and independent presses are welcome)
- Unpublished Manuscript
Please specify the theme and subject matter of your memoir in the bio and upload your e-book version of your book in PDF or epub format. If you prefer to mail your book see below for further details.
For the purpose of the Memoir Prize, a memoir is a book-length work written in the first person. The assertions made in the work are understood to be factual. Memoir Magazine assumes all entries are the original works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. Furthermore, Memoir Magazine is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant and will not become involved in fact or copyright disputes.
If you prefer to mail your book, please specify that you will be mailing your book by checking the appropriate box in the form. After Submittable registration and payment are complete, ship 1 copy of your book to:
The Memoir Prize*
811 Ninth Street, Box 120-187
Durham, NC 27705
*do not forget to request tracking at the time of shipping. We cannot confirm individual receipt of printed matter.
Entries must be submitted online (11:59 pm EST) or postmarked by December 31, 2019; all print books must delivered within 5 days of the final deadline
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.