2018 Memoir Contest

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The memoir genre focuses on a special moment in time that may be a life-altering experience.

You as the author will express your feelings and actions through the dialogue of the characters. It could be a significant event, such as a birth or death, or possibly a single event such as a deaf child hearing sounds for the first time. We at Redwood Writers look forward to reading your wonderful stories.

PRIZES:

First prize: $100

Second prize: $50

Third prize: $25

*In addition to the cash awards, every winner receives a certificate.

Winning stories will be published online.
The first-place story is published in winners' flier.

Winners announced:

Sunday, August 12, 2018

at the Redwood Writers
general membership meeting
2-4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel
Santa Rosa

DETAILS:

ENTRIES:

In addition to all Redwood Writers members, the contest is open to:
• All CWC members, regardless of residence.
• Non-member residents of Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Solano counties.

DATES:

Submission dates:

Open: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Close: Sunday, June 24, 2018, at midnight

ENTRY FEE:

California Writers Club
Members:

$8

Non-members:

$12

(Not a member yet?
Click here to find out why you should join the Redwood Writers.)

READY TO SUBMIT? CLICK HERE.
SUBMISSIONS WILL OPEN SOON!

WORKSHOP

This workshop will clarify the rules for the contest and will be headed up by Jean Wong, a noted Memoir author. Discussion will focus on best rules governing this unique genre that is drawn from true-to-life experiences. Often forgotten, the visual setting is important to include, as you are writing about a specific period in time. There is a major difference between writing memoir for the family or writing about a life-changing experience, and these two arenas are often confused, so come to the workshop and we'll clarify what makes a good story as well as a true story.

Anthology Workshop:

Saturday, May 26, 2018
10 a.m. – noon
at the Flamingo Hotel
2777 4th Street
Santa Rosa

Price:
Members: $25
Non-members: $35

Redwood Writers
Members:

$20

Non-members:

$30

Seating is limited so RSVP early!

READY TO REGISTER?

THIS IS THE LINK!

REGISTER TODAY!

Complete the workshop registration form, and we'll see you on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m.

Jean Wong

Jean Wong

Workshop Teacher
Jean Wong writes fiction, memoir, drama and poetry. Her work has also been produced by the Petaluma Reader’s Theater, Sixth Street Playhouse, and Off The Page Theater Group. Her book, Sleeping with the Gods, was released in 2013. When writing, Jean sometimes prods along like a mule—at other times a brilliant race horse speeds by. Whatever the process, she's amazed to be alive and able to tell the tale.

RULES

Please observe the following contest rules; otherwise, your entry may be disqualified.

  • DO NOT place your name or contact information anywhere on your submission. This is a blind judging.
  • Submit as a docx.
  • Wordcount: No more than 2,500 words.
  • Work must be previously unpublished by a traditional publisher.
  • Format: Manuscripts must be double-spaced and use 12-pointTimes New Roman font.
  • Number the pages, bottom right.
  • Only ONE submission per entrant.
  • Please use the online form to submit your entry and payment. Only submissions uploaded via the online form will be accepted for judging.
  • Immediate family members of judges and chairs of this contest are not eligible to submit.
  • Upon submission, if you choose to pay with a check, please make check out to "CWC Redwood," and write "Memoir Contest" on the memo line.
    Please mail check to:
    Redwood Writers
    P.O. Box 4687
    Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Questions should be addressed to:
memoircontest@redwoodwriters.org
or use the form, below.

Judges

SKYE BLAINE

Skye Blaine

Skye Blaine writes memoir, fiction, poetry, and blogs, developing themes of aging, coming of age, disability, and awakening. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in 2003. Her novel, Unleashed, was just released.

Bound to Love: a memoir of grit and gratitude, published in 2015, has won three prizes. She is included in seven anthologies, and in national magazines: “Yes” and “Catalyst.” She teaches creative writing to older adults as Santa Rosa Junior College Adjunct Faculty.

ANDREA GRANAHAN

Andrea-Granahan

Andrea Granahan has been an award-winning journalist, publisher, and travel writer for more than 30 years. She has published two memoir books: It's Greek to Me and Backstories from the West Edge. She has also published a volume of poetry called The Man with the Portable Love Room and Other Stray Thoughts. She makes her home in a redwood forest near the town of Bodega in Northern California. For some years she published The Bodega Bay Navigator, a weekly newspaper on the California coast.

JEAN WONG

Jean Wong

Jean Wong writes fiction, memoir, drama and poetry. Her work has also been produced by the Petaluma Reader’s Theater, Sixth Street Playhouse, and Off The Page Theater Group. Her book, Sleeping with the Gods, was released in 2013.

When writing, Jean sometimes prods along like a mule—at other times a brilliant race horse speeds by. Whatever the process, she's amazed to be alive and able to tell the tale.

CHAIR

ADELE LAYTON

Adele Layton

Adele Layton currently serves on the Board of Redwood Writers. She has a great deal of business experience having owned and managed her own court reporting agency in San Francisco with a satellite office in Oakland. Along with her husband, Chris, they have owned and managed a 24-unit hotel in Napa Valley for many years. After selling the hotel, she began writing. She has published in the 2017 Sonoma anthology as well as written articles for the Napa Register.

Email questions and comments to memoircontest@redwoodwriters.org

READY TO ENTER?

FOLLOW THIS LINK!

ENTER TODAY!

Complete the contest registration form, and upload your story.

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