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.


Memoir Magazine accepts online submissions for publication consideration year-round.

We Accept Unsolicited Submissions of:

  • Memoir, Personal Essay, Creative Nonfiction and Excerpts: up to 3,000 words on any subject or theme.
  • Visual Art: fine art, illustrations, comics, photography, graphic storytelling and visual narratives.

* You may submit as often as you like. 

Upload your work using the appropriate Submittable submission form at the bottom of the page. 

*Simultaneous submissions are allowed. 

Just let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere.

*International submissions are welcome.

*We 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. Simply state where the work was published so that we may provide credit to the previous place of publication. Yay for us!  

*Format your document. 

Use double-spaced, 12-point serif font, such as Times New Roman. Don't forget to add page numbers to your work!

*Name your document.

Use a combination of the title and your name. For example, "Solito by Javier Zamora" or " "Zamora, Solito." * Do not name your document "Memoir Magazine" or "Memoir".

*A 50-100 word Bio or Artist Statement is encouraged.

And may be provided along with (or in lieu of) a cover letter. If applicable, list any previous publications and/or links to personal blogs, websites, and social media profiles showing more of your work. You may also wish to upload a representative photograph for your contributor profile.

* 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 displayed 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.


* Memoir Magazine is always looking for innovative, original illustrations 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 eight to twelve weeks (you may contact us if you haven't heard from us in four months). 

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.


Now accepting nominations for the 2024 Memoir Prize for Books! 

Deadline Extended: February 29, 2024!

Now in its 4th year, the Annual Memoir Prize awards Memoir and Creative Nonfiction book-length works of exceptional merit in the categories of traditional, self-published, and previously unpublished prose.

General Guidelines: 

Submit a book-length work on any theme. 

Traditionally Published, Small, Academic, and Independent presses, Self-published, and Unpublished Manuscripts are all accepted for Grand Prize consideration.   

All entries must be in English. There are no restrictions on the type of press, subject matter, length, nationality of origin, or the year of publication. Entries will be evaluated on content, writing quality, and overall quality of production and appearance. 

Memoir Magazine will award the following cash prizes* for books of memoir in any style or sub-genre or state of publication:

  • Grand Prize: US$2,000
  • Finalist: US$1,000
  • Finalist: US$1,000

Winning entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges, one year of free Book Promotion by Memoir Magazine, and a digital award seal for use in promoting your win, and (excerpts) will be considered for publication in Memoir Magazine. In addition, 12 Category winners will be chosen as Memoir Magazine Recommended Reads, to be featured on the winning announcement page, website, and social media outlets.

You may submit published or unpublished work as a manuscript, a full-length book of memoir or creative nonfiction, a collection of essays, or a graphic narrative as a single entry. 

Multiple contest entries are allowed. You may submit more than one book by filling out a new submission form and paying the fee for each entry.  

Deadline Extended: February 29, 2024!

Entry fee: US$100 per book   

Submissions: Please, specify up to 4 categories, along with the theme, and subject matter of your memoir, Next, add your brief bio. Finally, UPLOAD or mail-in your entry. Your entry may be a PDF, epub, MOBI, audiobook, or printed book format or link or code to download or access your book for free. To mail a copy of your book: see below for further details. 

If you prefer to mail your book: (optional):
                       1. please specify that you will be mailing your book by checking the appropriate box in the initial Submittable form.
                       2. After completing the Submittable entry registration and payment, print your receipt and ship one copy of your book to: 

                                                The Memoir Prize 

                                                 c/o Memoir Magazine 

                                                 3600 North Duke Street, STE 1

                                                 Durham, North Carolina 27704

                * We strongly suggest you request tracking at the time of shipping. We are unable to confirm individual receipt of entries.
               **All print books must be delivered within 10 days of the final contest deadline.   


We can’t wait to read your story. Best of luck!


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 always looking for innovative, original illustrations 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 and include the artist's name in the title.

*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