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. 

*Kindly double space your pages, using Times New Roman 12-point font. 

*Please include the title and your full name in the naming of your document.

*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 your 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, your work will be promoted on social media and archived on the website in perpetuity. 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.

Other Stuff

Memoir accepts only online submissions.

 We generally respond to all submissions within six-twelve weeks (you may contact us if you haven't heard from us in four 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. 


  "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.

* You may submit Memoir and Creative Nonfiction in any form or subject matter, including Personal Essay, Essays on Craft, travel writing, novel excerpts and flash nonfiction or any kind of unconventional expression of your truth.

*For excerpts of forthcoming works, please make a note with publication date in your cover letter.

Memoir Magazine is committed to sharing stories that need to be told.  

That's why we are publishing:

Black Memoirs Matter. The Anthology. 


The Anthology  

The Black Memoirs Matter Anthology will highlight crucial creative nonfiction by writers of African descent.

Submissions are open to all writers of the African Diaspora, regardless of country of origin or residence.

We are excited to read Memoir and Creative Nonfiction on all aspects and subject matter of Black Life from many countries and cultural backgrounds.

Our goal 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.

Your memoir submission word count should range anywhere from 500 - 4,000 words in length. Simultaneous entries and previously published works are acceptable. We sincerely encourage emerging and unpublished writers to apply.

Your essay must be written in the first person. It can explore any aspect of your life experience; it may or may not specifically deal with justice or race.

Tell us your story!

Tell us your grandparent's story!

We pay a $50 honorarium upon acceptance. Authors will also receive a print version of the book after publication. The work must be available non-exclusively. This means that our publication may continue to sell the book containing the selected works, but at all times, authors retain all rights to use their individual works elsewhere.  

Pseudonyms are totally allowed. No judgment.  

We look forward to reading your work!


  • Submissions are now open until midnight on August 31, 2022
  • Open to all writers with at least one parent of African descent. Emerging writers and underrepresented voices are encouraged to submit!
  • 4000-word max.
  • NonFiction only.
  • $25 to enter.
  • International submissions welcome..
  • Previously published work is allowed.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed
  • All contest entries shall be considered for standard nonfiction publication in Memoir Magazine.

"There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth." - Maya Angelou

* 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. 

*All images must be at least 300 dpi

*Upload all pieces at one time (max 10 files), not as individual submissions.

*In your cover letter please include a bio or link to your personal website/online portfolio if you have one.

*For all other work, or works that are too large for upload in the online submissions manager, please query the Editor at

Memoir Magazine