Deadline: May 30, 2023

Entry fee: £24

About the competition

We all have a story to tell about ourselves, the good, the bad and the how did I end up there? Celebrate a snapshot of your life, a fragment in time or rear view mirror look at what was and now is.

We initially need 5,000 to 8,000 words plus a 300 word overview. If you’re long listed we’ll ask for a total of 15,000 words, including your original word count. Shortlisted? Then we need a total 30,000 words, again including your original entry and long listed word count.

It’s your moment of truth.

Competition guideline

The Memoir competition is open internationally to writers aged 16+ writing in English.

The memoir submission / results timetable can be seen here.

  • Your memoir does not need to be completed to submit. We accept work in progress.
  • Entries must be entirely your own work and submission is confirmation of this. Any evidence to the contrary will result in disqualification.
  • Co-authored work is not eligible.
  • Work must not have won or been placed – 1st, 2nd, 3rd – in another competition. Long and short listed work is eligible as long as a cash prize was not awarded and no more than 8,000 words of the commended memoir has been previously published in print or online.
  • Writers must not be represented by a literary agent or under contract with a traditional publisher, at the point of submission or at the long listing or shortlisting stages. We will ask you to re-confirm eligibility if selected.
  • If you receive an offer of representation while your memoir is under consideration, you must inform us and withdraw.
  • Entrants must not have previously published a memoir although previously self-published memoirs, both in print and e-book form are accepted.
  • Entrants who have had other types of books traditionally published e.g.) poetry or a novel, are eligible.
  • Check the whole guideline and submit an entry here.
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