Cash Prizes for
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners:

1st place $300
2nd place $200
3rd place $100

Each member is allowed one submission.
Cost of entry is $25.


Contest Rules:

  • All entries must be formatted as WORD documents, double spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • Manuscripts must have 1 inch margins.
  • Maximum word count 2,500 words
  • Appearing in each page header: Title of manuscript.
  • Pages must be numbered in lower right hand corner.
  • All manuscripts must be original, unpublished work.
  • Author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on manuscript.
  • Submissions must be an original, unpublished (print or electronic) written work and a non-previous prize winner.
  • Contest Entry Fee payments via PayPal or Guest of PayPal must be paid at time of completing Contest Entry Form.
  • Submission requires an online contest entry form and subsequent payment.
 Online Submission only! Submissions are to be emailed as attachments in MS Word Document (.doc or .docx). Any other file format will be disqualified.

    Please note: failure to comply with the rules will result in a disqualification. Disqualified applicants and non- winners are not reimbursed application fees.

    At contest conclusion, submissions will be deleted. Critique of your work is not provided for this contest.

Example of Subject line of email:
Subject: 2018/2019 Season Memoir Contest. YOUR NAME HERE
Example of Cover Letter:
Attached please find my entry to the 2018/2019 Season Memoir Contest titled, “Title Here.”

Entries accepted beginning November 1, 2018 (opening).
No entries accepted after noon on December 1, 2018 (closing).
Winners announced at January 2019 general meeting.

About our Judge: Sue William Silverman

Sue William Silverman’s most recent work of creative nonfiction is The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew(University of Nebraska Press), which was a finalist in Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Award. Her first memoir, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You (University of Georgia Press), won the Association of Writers and Writers Program award, while another book, Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction  (W. W. Norton), is also a Lifetime TV original movie. Her craft book is Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir (Georgia) and her poetry collection is Hieroglyphics in Neon (Orchises)She teaches in the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a professional speaker, Sue has appeared on such shows as The View and Anderson Cooper – 360. 

Twitter: @SueSilverman
Instagram: suewilliamsilverman

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Committee Chairperson Lynn De Turk

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