The memoir contest is currently accepting submissions until May 31, 2019.
4th AnnualMemoir Contest – 2019
April 1 to May 31, 2019
Winners will be notified in early July 2019
Award Ceremony will be held at the Club’s July 9, 2019 general meeting, 7:00 PM.
Pleasant Valley Parks and Recreations, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo, CA 93010
Place-winning stories will be published in the upcoming Write Stuff Newsletter and VCWC Anthology.
Entries should be first-person account of a memorable event or experience, filtered through the mind and heart of the storyteller. Either a stand-alone section of a larger work or a vignette is acceptable. Entries must be original and previously unpublished. Self-published and e-published works are prohibited. Enter as many memoirs as you like. First-place winners from the previous year are not eligible. Entrants may only receive one cash prize.
Plot, theme reader interest, style/voice, grammar/punctuation and title will be considered. All decisions are final. Winners will be asked to provide a publicity head shot.
Format & Presentation
Memoir must be in English. Since this is a memoir contest and likely for the author to appear in the story itself, choose a nom de plume when referring to yourself or if other characters refer to you by name. Should you be one of the winners, you may then change the name back to your own for the ceremony, anthology, and newsletter.
Entries must be no longer than 1,250 words plus the title.
Title and page number should be on the top right of each 8.5 X 11 page with 1-inch margins and double spaced. Indent the first line of each paragraph.
Use Times New Roman 12-point font, Black font only. No pictures, drawings, or designs on the entries are allowed.
Submissions must be in .doc, .docx, or PDF format, entered as PDF, provide word count at the bottom of the memoir.
Author’s name, contact information, and brief bio (third-person, 75 words or fewer) should be provided as part of submission and is accessible only to the contest administrator.
Author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. The most frequent reason for disqualification is the name appearing on the page.
How did you hear of this Memoir Contest. (Note: Do not forget to answer this question).
Submissions are only accepted online through user-friendly Submittable.com. Submitted stories must be uploaded by midnight PST on May 31st. We strongly encourage uploading your entry before May 27th to take advantage of Submittable email support or VCWC support.
Submission fee: $12.00 per memoir for VCWC members; $18.00 per memoir for non-members. PayPal, credit or debit cards are accepted.
Please note that by submitting a piece to our contest, you are giving the Ventura County Writers Club one-time, nonexclusive publication rights to your winning entry to be published in our Write Stuff Newsletter, biannual anthology as well as temporary hosting on the club’s website, www.venturacountywriters.com.
Starting in 2015, VCWC established an annual memoir contest. We honor our past winners and are happy to encourage the craft with this popular genre.