Memoir Writing Contest Winners: July 4th and Independence

by Matilda Butler on July 4, 2011

catnav-scrapmoir-active-3Post #104 – Women’s Memoir Writing, ScrapMoir – Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett







It’s July Memoir Contest Time

memoir writing contest, memoir, memoir writing, autobiographyThe 4th of July — a celebratory day across the nation — and we’re also celebrating at Women’s Memoirs with an announcement of memoir contest winners. We’re pleased to present the winners of our sixth memoir writing contest for 2011.

Kendra Bonnett and I are both pleased to have such a large number of women send us their memoir contest entries. We have entries both from women who have entered before and from women who have entered for the first time. All entries are welcome. Our topic for this month was inspired by July 4th. When we announced this contest we wanted to make sure that it was broad enough to inspire many of you to write so we included the topic of independence — personal freedom in its many forms. As always, we are thrilled to have received so many vignettes that are honest and introspective as well as those that are just plain fun.

The entries this month were easy to categorize as they fell into the two stated topics of July 4th and Independence. Kendra and I read the entries in order to select the best ones. We hope you enjoy reading the stories as we publish them. All the winners are announced below. Later today we will publish the first place winners (a pair of tied entries) in each of our two categories. All other winners will be published later this year.

Note: Submitted a story but didn’t win this month? Kendra and I want you to know that we appreciate your contest entry. It takes courage and spunk to write your story and submit it. That is a real accomplishment. We urge you to enter one of our future contests. There are numerous topics in the coming contests. For the complete list, go to: http://WomensMemoirs.com/contests.

Following is the complete list of memoir contest winners. The two tied First Place winning stories for the topic of July 4th will appear later today. Then we will publish the two stories that tied for First Place in the Independence category. The first pair will be published this morning at 10 am and noon, and the second pair at 2 pm and 4 pm. All times at PDT. We hope you’ll return and read all four. The Honorable Mentions will be published in the fall.

THE MEMOIR CONTEST WINNERS

FOURTH OF JULY

First Place Ties

(in alphabetical order)

Heather A. A. Menzies for Elsewhere Cove

Sarah White for Make Love Not War

Honorable Mentions

(in alphabetical order)

Valerie Benko for Fighting for Independence on July 4th

Qraig R. de Groot for Force of July

Carole Jones for You Can’t Have Two Birthdays

Ryan Marie Wecker for The Fourth of July in Africa

INDEPENDENCE CATEGORY

First Place Ties

(in alphabetical order)

Donna Lancaster for Independence

Rebekah Varin for “For the Love of the Game”

Honorable Mentions

(in alphabetical order)

Shannon Dodge for Unlocking the Chains, Freeing the Soul

Judith Newton for Mastering the Art

Jennifer Pownall for Independence Day — March 29, 2008

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Congratulations to these winners. We hope you enjoy their stories. Be sure to visit this site at 10 am, 2 pm and 4 pm (PDT) for the three top-winning stories.

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Kendra Bonnett July 4, 2011 at

Congratulations everyone.

Matilda Butler July 6, 2011 at

I join Kendra in thanking everyone for their stories. Congratulations.

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